Bidwells is a market leader in providing planning services. As one of the UK’s leading property consultancies, we have the skills and experience to deal with your planning needs, whatever they are.



Our clients range from major house builders to leisure organisations, developers to universities and housing associations to private investors. We complement their in-house resources or act as their own team, embedded in their business if that’s the best approach. Whichever approach we adopt, our first priority is to fully understand what our client is seeking to achieve and to provide the best advice to achieve it.

We will provide clear, unambiguous advice, set out our recommendations and seek to work closely with you throughout the process, updating and reviewing our strategy to ensure we give the best possible service. If necessary, we can act as ‘expert witness’ or represent your interests in subsequent negotiations.


Our Capabilities

  • Planning advisory services
  • Development plan promotion
  • Planning applications
  • Planning appeals
  • Expert witness
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Site appraisals
  • Planning policy advice
  • Site advocacy
  • Portfolio services
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Renewables
  • Evidence base critique
  • Enforcement



Our planning team is among the largest in the UK. We are the only practice offering the full scope of specialist skills demanded by the modern planning system.

We work in a multi-disciplinary environment with the wider firm, giving us unparalleled insight into the dynamics of commercial, residential and rural development. As a result, we are able to take a commercial view on all aspects of the planning process which clients find hugely valuable.



james alflatt

James Alflatt

Partner, Planning

michael derbyshire

Mike Derbyshire

Partner, Head of Planning

iain hill partner planning

Iain Hill

Partner, Planning

robert hopwood

Rob Hopwood

Partner, Planning

mike jones partner planning

Mike Jones

Partner, Planning

guy kaddish

Guy Kaddish

Partner, Planning

corinne macdougall

Corinne MacDougall

Associate Planning

sam metson

Sam Metson

Partner, Planning

jonathan phillips

Jonathan Phillips

Partner, Planning

paul semple

Paul Semple

Partner, Planning

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