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Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 2024


Pearce Planning

Pearce Planning are based in the Bristol area but deliver planning advice on a national basis working predominately with private sector clients but also with UWE and other educational establishments. We pride ourselves on service and delivery adding value. The team negotiate for the best outcome for our clients but respectfully with LPAs striving for officer support. PP provides expertise in urban regeneration, city centre work, PBSA markets and residential, commercial and mixed use developments, education, greenfield proposals. Design focused team with strong project co-ordination skills. Delivery of over 10,000 consented PBSA bed spaces. Global Awards "Leading Planning & Architecture Practice 2024

Image: Pearce Planning Ltd - Team - credit Alan Pearce

In selecting this entry as commended the judges were impressed with the enviable list of clients and major project opportunities generated by this small, experienced team, specializing in student accommodation and complex sites.  Their national coverage recognizes their expertise and sphere of influence in the sector.  The practice also undertakes impressive voluntary work and has links with educational institutions to help inspire the next generation of planners.


Lighthouse Development Consulting Ltd

Lighthouse Development Consulting is a small scale planning consultancy with a specialism in clean-tech developments, including renewable energy and emerging technologies. The practice is currently engaged on a portfolio including approximately 1,188MW of new renewable energy generation, energy storage and electric vehicle charging facilities.

With offices in Exeter and Cardiff, the company acts across a range of consenting regimes, including planning applications under the TCPA, DNS and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. The practice has grown to 6 staff since its inception in 2022 and has attracted a wide client base ranging from small, focused developers to large scale multinationals.

Image: The Team - Lighthouse Development Consulting Ltd 

The judges were impressed by their positive, open and progressive culture. A forward-thinking small consultancy, their approach to comprehensive constraints analysis has helped delivery impressive client focused and positive outcomes in the renewables field. There were also good references to social value, applied sector knowledge, personal development and constructive partnerships.