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

Success builds upon success and this autumn’s talented cohort at DM Hall have gone through the card in the final professional hurdle of their exhaustive training.

Four out of four of the firm’s young stars who sat the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) have passed with flying colours, qualifying them as members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

And their achievement highlights DM Hall’s commitment to diversity of talent and its encouragement of staff who want to further their professional careers through non-traditional routes.

It also brings to eight in total the number of new fully-qualified staff this year, following a similar success in May for four young surveyors in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Falkirk.

Eric Curran, Managing Partner of DM Hall, said: “This is a tremendous result for these hard-working and high-achieving young professionals, who have demonstrated that talent, vision and enthusiasm can take you as far and as fast as the more usual entry route to the profession.

“Non-standard ways of entry can be extraordinarily and mutually beneficial, allowing young surveyors to absorb the standards, ethics and ethos of the firm at the same time as they are progressing their careers.”

The four surveyors who qualified this time are:

  • Duncan Clow, whose academic career focused on international relations and management studies, then finance and real estate. He now specialises in farm and estate valuation at the firm’s Bridge of Allan office.
  • Kevin Masson, who trained to be a bricklayer before studying building surveying at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and then taking up a graduate position with the firm. He now works in the Ayr office.
  • Calum Riach, who began his time in property as an estate agent before joining DM Hall in the Inverness office, from where he carries out residential work across Strathspey and the Western Isles. He became an Assoc RICS surveyor in May 2016.
  • Graham Wilson, in the Musselburgh and Galashiels offices, who worked in residential property management with a letting agency before joining DM Hall in 2018.

Eric Curran added: “Celebrations are more than justified for these talented young people. DM Hall will continue to mentor them and provide training as they progress in their careers and we look forward to seeing them all flourish under the firm’s umbrella where  future opportunities await.”

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