At Smith & Love Planning Consultants we guide our clients through the complexities of the planning system based on years of experience and knowledge.  With the end goal in mind we aim to de-risk your project from the outset to ensure the best outcomes for our clients.

Our company is driven by core values that go to the heart of the work we do for our clients and the way we collaborate with colleagues and external teams.


Our track record of providing planning permission for corporate clients, land owners, developers and private clients means you’re in safe hands. We always endeavour to find the simplest and most commercially viable route to obtaining your planning permission. 

Keepmoat Homes: Foxlow Fields, Buxton: Phased Reserved Matters applications and discharge of condition applications to deliver 375 no. dwellings as part of a strategic, mixed use development on the edge of Buxton

"Smith & Love has provided planning consultancy services on two of Concert Living’s first schemes.  They have a good knowledge and understanding of local planning departments and policies and the team is a pleasure to work with, which makes the whole business of engaging with the planning system a little less painful."

Laurie Lane, Land and Planning Director, Concert Living

Specialist Housing

Working on developments that meet the needs of older people, vulnerable adults, and children makes us hugely proud. A ‘people first’ approach, which champions the needs of future residents is uppermost in our minds when engaging with local planning authorities and communities.

"Graham has an unrivalled attention for detail and ability to foresee potential challenges from the outset.   This has enabled us to deliver on some sites where others may have failed."

Colin Hetherington, Director, Eric Wright Group

Retail & Leisure

Our understanding of your operational and commercial needs, and how they interact with your brand, is really influential when presenting to local planning authorities and negotiating successful outcomes on your behalf.

"Maple Grove Developments has worked extensively with Smith & Love on a range of projects. They bring a breadth of local and national planning knowledge to projects to help us secure the best planning outcome and an excellent network of contacts across the Local Planning Authorities of the North West, which Maple Grove has found invaluable."
Nik Puttnam, Senior Development Manager, Maple Grove Developments

Education & Health

We understand the need to keep to strict timescales when working in the NHS, Primary Care Trusts and Education space. As such, we have celebrated multiple planning successes with our clients in these sectors.

"Smith & Love have been a long-term advisor to Scarisbrick Hall and has achieved significant results despite Scarisbrick Hall being a Grade 1 listed building. They provide clear advice and an excellent service."

Grey Aylmer, Director, Scarisbrick School

Industrial & Business

We have experience in delivering industrial development as well as new office space and conversions in town and city centres.  Taking the time to fully understand your operation enables us to present the most robust case. This also means securing planning conditions that do not restrict the operation of your business.

Bishopsrock Properties: Farnworth, Greater Manchester: Change of use of Job Centre to offices, storage and children’s nursery

"Smith & Love has always given us accurate and pragmatic advice that we have been able to trust and rely on. We have never been refused permission and would recommend Smith & Love."

Andy Shaw, Director, M60 Self Storage

Private Clients

Most people use a planning consultant to support a one-off financial investment, where there is also a lot of emotional investment. We take away most of the stress and make things as easy as possible for you.

Woodsfold Barn, Preston: Extension to a converted barn

"I can’t speak highly enough of the service we received from Smith & Love.  From the moment I spoke with Deborah I felt reassured that we would receive expert advice and a great service which proved to be the case. The best piece of advice I would offer anyone thinking of making a planning application is to contact Smith & Love."

Sheila Nagy, private client