Sussex based services

We Provide a wide range of planning services

Pre-application advice and engagement with the local planning authority

Obtaining initial advice on a development proposal can save considerable time and money. DJM Town Planning provides clients with preliminary reviews of land and premises so that they can evaluate if it is worth pursuing a development proposal. Thereafter, we work with clients’ chosen architects to prepare initial designs and feasibility, presenting proposals to local authority Planning Officers at a pre-application enquiry meeting. From this the client gains valuable feedback, helping them make the decision to commit to the planning application process.

Submission of planning applications

Submitting a planning application has become a costly and time-consuming business. By working closely with clients and other specialist consultants we project manage each application, creating the project team most suitable for the clients’ needs. We have established working relationships with architects and architectural technologists, and experts in disciplines including drainage, ecologist, trees, landscape architecture and transport.
We prepare Planning, Design & Access Statements and Planning & Heritage Statements to support applications. Once the application is submitted, we work closely with Planning Officers and other stakeholders, achieving a consistently high rate of success for our clients.
Once permission is granted, we offer a full service to discharge planning conditions so that your project is ready to build. We also recommend surveyors and architectural technologists to assist you with Building Regulations.

Planning appeals

Planning appeals are made to the Secretary of State when planning permission is refused for a development. It is also possible to appeal against planning conditions and enforcement notices. DJM Town Planning has had great success winning appeals for clients, from house extensions for homeowners to lifting onerous conditions placed on a thriving business.
We provide a full appeals service, writing a detailed Grounds of Appeal statement, submission of appeals to the Planning Inspectorate, and attendance at Inspector site visits.

Site development appraisals

Analysing the constraints and opportunities of a site from a town planning perspective is an important aspect of understanding the viability and profitability of a development project. This service is useful for both existing land owners and potential purchasers. DJM Town Planning provides advice to clients on the likelihood of planning permission being secured on sites, enabling them to make informed decisions and maximise the value of their existing portfolio.
Permitted development advice
The ever expanding and increasingly complex area of ‘permitted development rights’ and ‘prior approvals’ can be perplexing area of planning control. We cut through the jargon to explain to clients exactly what they can and can’t do without planning permission.

Permitted development advice

The ever expanding and increasingly complex area of ‘permitted development rights’ and ‘prior approvals’ can be perplexing area of planning control. We cut through the jargon to explain to clients exactly what they can and can’t do without planning permission.

Enforcement cases

Receiving a letter from a Council Planning Enforcement Officer concerning an alleged breach of planning control can be a stressful event. If this has happened to you, DJM Town Planning can help. We will represent you in meetings with Council Officers, and explain what options you have to contest the alleged breach. If a planning application is required, we can provide a full service, preparing the documents needed and submitting the application to the local planning authority.

Recent Projects

Worthing Football Club

Worthing Football ClubProject New north stand with food and beverage bar Facing their second season where promotion to the National League was a real possibility, Worthing FC needed to increase their ground capacity to meet Football Association Regulations. Working...

Queensway, Crawley

Queensway, CrawleyProject Development appraisal for retail and office buildings in Crawley town centre A client asked us to undertake a site development appraisal of a mixed retail and office site in Crawley town centre. The appraisal assessed all options available...

Oakdown Holiday Park, Sidmouth, Devon

Oakdown Holiday Park, Sidmouth, DevonProject Planning permission for 32 new static holiday homes We were instructed by the Oakdown Holiday Park to secure planning permission for 32 new static holiday homes at their award winning park in East Devon. The holiday park is...

Pelham Place

Pelham Place, UckfieldProject Listed building consents for an historic barn conversion Working with Edgeway Architecture of Uckfield, DJM Town Planning secured planning and listed building consents for an historic barn conversion in the low Weald. National and local...

Client Testimonials

H H Davis Director WDW Holding Ltd

“As Architects and Developers we have been working with Debbie Marriage on a number of projects across London and the South East. Debbie offers a professional, fast, and efficient service whilst still providing the personal touch.

Working with Debbie has been a pleasure and we consider her knowledge and expertise an essential element in our planning applications. We have no hesitation in saying that Debbie and DJM Town Planning have been instrumental in achieving planning consent for some of our more challenging projects.”

Gary Salt, General Manager, West Hove Golf Club Limited

“West Hove Golf Club have been using the expert advice of Debbie Marriage for around about 2 years now. Her professionalism and industry experience is unrivaled, making it a pleasure to work with Debbie for our regular and various planning needs/advice. With her consistently high standards of service and quality, I would highly recommend Debbie Marriage to other businesses – you won’t be let down!”

Sian Hunter, New Romney Caravan Park

“Debbie has been acting as our planning consultant at New Romney Caravan Park for four years. As well as being personable and easy to work with, Debbie has a very good background in the caravan and holiday parks industry and has helped us get planning for an extended park season as well as new camping, glamping and caravanning facilities. We have been impressed with her knowledge of the planning application process and have frequently drawn on her excellent network of planners and other professionals. She frequently goes ‘above and beyond’ in her research and is always prompt to both come up with solutions and to reply to queries. We would happily recommend her.”