Smith & Love is a planning consultancy with a difference. We have the same high levels of expert knowledge as a national firm, years of experience and countless contacts. The difference is we’re small in size but big on experience. Based in the North West, we remain close to your project, providing a quality service to national clients. We’ve built our reputation on the strength and depth of our work, results and long-lasting relationships.

Working in partnership through the entire planning journey – providing genuine support and pragmatic advice.

About Us

We guide private and public sector clients through their planning journey, overcoming obstacles, working with local authorities and removing risk. We work as your advocate, delivering planning permission as quickly as possible and on the best available terms.

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We persevere to get the right outcome for our clients.

“Smith & Love are our ‘go-to’ planning consultants! They are always available to give that quick advice you need when assessing the viability of a land purchase through to preparing a detailed strategy for dealing with a complicated planning matter”
Philip Helm, Business Development Director, RP Tyson Construction

Sector Experience

Regardless of the scale of your project, we will add value to it, by providing a personal, high-quality and tailored service that accelerates progress. Our stomping ground is the North West, though we also work nationally, acting as lead consultant for corporate clients and managing external teams. We’re equally happy bringing this expertise to smaller projects too.
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Whatever your project, we're ideally set-up to deliver the most effective outcomes for you


We offer the full range of planning application services and are experienced in dealing with planning and development matters involving all types of major and minor planning applications. Our professional knowledge and understanding of planning legislation are a given, so we can focus on providing the best service possible.

We place our clients expectations at the heart of what we do.

We deliver results alongside value for money.


We produce planning and development appraisals for landowners, developers and investors with a view to maximising development potential.

Estate Advice and Asset Management

We produce planning and development appraisals for landowners, developers and investors with a view to maximising development potential.

Site Promotion & Local Plan Representations

We provide advice and prepare representations through the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan process to influence planning policy.

Pre-Application Negotiations and Consultation

We prepare and manage pre-application submissions, facilitate stakeholder engagement and attend public exhibitions and meetings.

Permitted Development  & Prior Approval

Advice provided on permitted development rights including the provision of new buildings and changes of use without the need for planning permission and the preparation and submission of applications for prior approval.


We prepare, submit and project manage all types of planning applications, from householder applications to major commercial developments. 


Our detailed research, careful preparation and clear presentation of your planning appeal will ensure you achieve the best results.


If you’re unsure of exactly how we can help, we have an ‘open door’ approach and will happily discuss your requirements, without obligation.