Land Development & Planning2019-04-09T09:18:07+00:00

Planning & Development

Our Planning and Development Team at DM Hall is here to help you in all your property and land use planning requirements. We have over 25 years’ experience in the planning and development industry both in Scotland and England. We can help you no matter what type of development you are thinking about, be that residential, commercial, retail, business, tourism or renewables.

The planning system has become increasingly complex over the years and the future will bring more changes with a new Planning Bill in 2019, which makes it more important than ever to have a Chartered Town Planning professional to help you navigate through the system.

Whether you want some planning advice, have land to promote, or a planning application/local review/appeal to submit, then get in touch and we will provide you with professional and impartial advice.

• Planning permission in principle granted for major housing and commercial development at Perth Airport, Scone.

• Planning permission granted for the conversion of a listed building to apartments in Stirlingshire.

• Planning permission granted for tourism pods in Stirlingshire.

• Planning permission in principle supported at committee for major residential development in North Lanarkshire.

• Planning permission granted for major housing development in Argyll.

• Planning permission in principle supported at committee for major residential development in Falkirk.

Glenshee Craft Distillers Ltd

We achieved planning permission for change of use from a redundant steading to gin distillery with retail and office at Bridge of Cally. Client Simon Harrison was delighted with our input and successful planning application.

MBM Commercial LLP

We acted as Expert Witness and MBM were very satisfied with our professional planning input in this matter.

“Your work during the Falkirk planning application case was very helpful and if we have any other cases involving planning applications then you will definitely be our expert of choice.”

Liina Tulk, Senior Solicitor MBM Commercial LLP

The Afton Group

We advised on the proposed alterations and improvements to an existing shop front within one of Edinburgh’s conservation areas. Following refusal by planners successfully achieved planning through Local Review Body

“With a detailed understanding of the planning process and how a particular application can be advantageously presented, James's experience and detailed knowledge assisted this Company is achieving planning consent which, by reference to the Development Guidelines, initially appeared an unlikely outcome.”

Michael Tasker Managing Director

First job: Before I became a Surveyor I was a Chef.

First car: Fiat X19. Bought it damaged (cost £400), my dad helped me get it on the road.

What did the start of your professional life look like: When I was in University I had summer work experience with DM Hall in the Inverness office with John Albiston and Graham Forbes. John offered me a Graduate position in 1998 and qualified as a Chartered surveyor in 2000. I relocated to Glasgow in 2006 with DM Hall and worked in South Lanarkshire until 2009 when I was moved into the Glasgow office.

Best advice received: Make sure you look your best every day, you never know who you may meet. Also my grandfather always told me to polish my shoes.

What do you like most about your job: Working in Glasgow in a very competitive and diverse residential market. Getting out and about entertaining clients

And least: Long hours, but required!.

Biggest professional achievement or Biggest personal achievement: Qualifying as a Surveyor after changing my profession. Qualifying as a chef and ultimately working in a 3 Michelin star restaurant in London.

The repair most worth doing to your property is: If you have a property with damp/rot issues, get it sorted.

How do you see the current crisis panning out for your sector: The outlook for the residential property market appears very positive and we’re optimistic about returning to a vibrant residential sector. In Glasgow and the West where I work, Estate Agents and Solicitors are seeing a surge in instructions and enquiries, suggesting an encouraging return to a healthy residential market.

How do you switch off: Walking the dogs, cooking, swimming, gym, fishing and watching Formula 1.

What do you listen to in the car: Radio 5 live sport, New Order, Joy Division, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Beastie Boys to name a few.

Which social media sites so you like/prefer: LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you weren’t in your current job, what would you be doing: Restoring and selling classic cars or a Chef for a Formula 1 Team.

Favourite holiday destination: The Lakes in Italy. Sailing with my mates in Croatia.

What makes you happy: A work- free weekend with my wife Grace and the dogs, great food and wine, cooking for friends, Formula 1 weekends on the couch and a Sunday roast.