James Wilson Associates provides services across a range of different sectors


The planning process requires an increasing level of information and analysis to support development proposals in order to gain planning consent. James Wilson Associates can provide a key role in managing this process and
coordinating the necessary inputs and negotiating with the local planning authorities. Our services include

  • Appraisal of development sites
  • Site identification, feasibility studies and masterplanning
  • Community and stakeholder consultation
  • Preapplication planning advice and negotiation with statutory agencies
  • Project management and consultant team liaison
  • Design and Access Statements
  • Negotiation of planning obligations and legal agreements
  • Advice for appeals, including hearings and public inquiries
  • Development briefs and frameworks
  • Planning related research


The development plan system can be a long and complex process and we have experience in and a detailed understanding of how best to promote sites and bring forward development proposals within a policy context in the most advantageous way.

  • Strategic planning and land promotion
  • Urban extension and regeneration site advice
  • Preparation of feasibility studies
  • Expert witness at Local Development Framework Inquiries
  • Submission of Local Development Framework representations
  • Advising local residents, neighbourhood groups and Local Councils


The Localism Act and reforms to the planning system have provided great opportunities for local people and communities to plan how their areas might develop . The production of Neighbourhood Plans will provide communities with a statutory basis for where development will and won’t be accepted. Our
services in this context include

  • Project management of Neighbourhood Plans from scoping to adoption
  • Advice on Local Development Framework and national planning conformity
  • Delivery of community consultation exercises
  • Development of local planning policy
  • Coordination and delivery of specialist studies
  • Liaison with Local Planning Authority and assessment of funding opportunities


Energy and Waste is becoming a more specialised area of planning as greater emphasis is placed on recycling and reducing business and individual’s carbon footprint. Increasing requirements to demonstrate project’s sustainability credentials will demand a higher level of analysis and understanding of energy and waste policy at the local level. Our services include

  • Advice and guidance on local waste policy
  • Guidance on renewable energy proposals – from small domestic schemes to large commercial projects
  • Assessment of feasibility for Photo Voltaic (PV) projects.
  • Sustainability appraisals and design advice and guidance
  • Coordination and management of environmental projects


James Wilson Associates has extensive experience and involvement in economic development and related research. As communities embrace greater localism the development of business clusters and strategies for
growth will be crucial in developing the framework and environment within which businesses and local communities can flourish.

  • Economic research
  • Enterprise and Innovation projects
  • Economic Development strategy
  • Grant funding application and funding strategy development
  • Inward investment & place marketing projects


Consultation with community groups and key stakeholders is essential to gain endorsement for development and regeneration projects and to improve proposals giving greater certainty of obtaining planning consent.
Changes within the planning system will require developers to engage more with communities and local stakeholders. We have specialist skills in community and stakeholder engagement which includes

  • Engagement & liaison with local authorities – officer and political dialogue
  • Website development
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workshop and focus group feedback
  • Management of consultation processes
  • Public exhibitions and roadshows
  • Media management and press relations
  • Consultation Supporting Statements for planning applications
  • Community Engagement on behalf of local authorities