Meet our Planning Team

Our Planning department is able to assist private and corporate landowners, land promoters and developers with the full range of planning services. This includes everything from advising on permissions that are likely to be granted to seeing applications for planning allocations and permissions through to a successful conclusion.

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Peter Cleveland

Peter Cleveland

Partner, Head of Planning

Ellie White

Ellie White

Senior Planner

Zac Denton

Zac Denton


Dawn Appleton

Dawn Appleton


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Planning Services

All your planning and professional property services under one roof

If you’ve got a planning application or appeal pending, need to negotiate the complicated maze of permissions and agreements or if you have a strategic land, rural or conservation project that needs the support of a team of planning experts, Henry Adams can help.

Dealing with property valuations, surveys, leases, tax issues, commercial rates and legal property matters can also be a minefield of complexity and unknowns. Giving sound, practical advice and supporting it with a portfolio of tailored professional property services is precisely what we’re renowned for.

Take a look at the extensive services we offer in house, then talk to us about taking the hassle out of your planning or property project.

Professional planning services

  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Planning and development appraisals
  • Negotiation of permissions and S106 agreements
  • Representations on development plans
  • Strategic planning and development land promotion
  • Listed buildings and conservation
  • Rural planning

Professional property services

  • Mortgage valuations
  • RICS Homebuyer Report and valuation
  • Building surveys
  • Matrimonial/partnership dispute valuations
  • Probate/Inheritance Tax Act valuations
  • Capital Gains Tax valuations
  • Charities Act valuations
  • Leasehold extension/freehold enfranchisement valuations
  • Housing association valuations
  • Expert witness/court reports for litigation matters
  • Commercial valuations
  • Rent reviews and lease renewals
  • Commercial rating valuations
  • Submissions to mediation/arbitration hearings and associated court proceedings

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Unrivalled local expertise

Unrivalled local expertise

We have a very defined area of operation that encompasses West Sussex, Surrey and East Hampshire and our local expertise is unrivalled. We have worked closely with the planning departments in the different local authorities for years; we know their track record and understand their vision, which means we are best placed to advise on achievable plans.

In recent years we have provided planning services to notable clients including PLC housebuilders Barratt/David Wilson Homes and the West Sussex County Council’s Estate Team. We have also helped private landowners to secure planning permission for their own unique homes on Rural Exception Sites (Paragraph 17 homes) and to deliver small schemes of much needed Affordable Housing.

  • Development appraisals and planning overviews
  • Planning applications and planning appeals
  • Advice on Section 106 applications and other funding vehicles
  • Representing clients’ views in local planning consultations
  • Linking with external experts to address technical challenges
Development Consultancy

Development Consultancy

Identifying development opportunities (small and large) on farms, land & brownfield sites belonging to landowners. Supporting landowners to maximise their potential value in the optimum time.

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Development Land Agency

Development Land Agency

Assisting in the sale of land for development, which includes finding suitable investors for land with or without the benefit of planning permission and negotiating financial arrangements that meet the current and future aspirations of landowners.

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Strategic Land

Strategic Land

Working with the owners of large land holdings to plan activities that will improve the prospects for future development on the land, such as arranging for significant infrastructure work to take place and conducting research to inform future planning applications.

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"The Henry Adams Development and Land Team, have always acted with complete professionalism and integrity. By creating excellent working relationships with all parties involved in each land transaction the Henry Adams team enables open communication to take place when the inevitable unforeseen twists and turns of the planning system occur. As a result of this the transactions I have been involved in have either already reached successful outcomes for all parties or are heading in that direction."

Katherine Child, Development Partner | Bargate Homes Ltd

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