Charities & Communities

We work with a wide variety of charities and community use clients including churches, synagogues and art galleries. We look to balance the interrelationships between creating high quality places, public spaces and successful communities.

Property advice

We provide advice on setting an appropriate level of rental income from surplus accommodation and realising maximum proceeds from property that is no longer required. We are frequently instructed to prepare valuations to satisfy the requirements of the Charities Act.

Business rates

There are a number of opportunities for community use providers and landlords to mitigate business rate liabilities for community establishments. We work with clients to advise on rating and minimise their liabilities.


We provide planning services to community use clients, advising religious establishments on the potential to unlock the value of their assets to assist funding improvements. This involves formulating clear planning strategies to deliver, for example, enabling development and new facilities on sensitive sites within the Green Belt, conservation areas and sites containing Listed Buildings.

We assemble a full design team including architects, transport, heritage, landscape and other consultants to provide a robust and comprehensive planning application for our clients. Our approach is to engage proactively with the local planning authority and key stakeholders to support local decisions and we help run public consultation and exhibitions where necessary.

Charities & Communities

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Richard Greeves

Joint Managing Director & Head of Valuation

020 7332 2109

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Andrew Deller

Director - Planning

020 7332 2105

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Barry Murphy

Director - Planning

020 7332 2116

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Emma Penson

Director - Planning & Valuation

020 7332 2115

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Harriet Swale

Senior Associate - Planning

020 3327 4729

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Clare Bambury


0207 489 4896

Sectors we work with

We work with businesses, charities, high net worth individuals and public sector organisations across a range of sectors to navigate the complexities of property and planning consultancy.

Latest Experiences

Singapore High Commission, Belgrave

DWD has supported the Government of Singapore with its proposals to modernise its listed buildings at Wilton Crescent in the Belgravia Conservation Area and to change the use of one listed building from a residence to consular space.


Prayer Halls, Bushy Cemetery

DWD was appointed by The United Synagogue, who sought to secure planning permission to extend Bushey Cemetery, which is located in the Green Belt within Hertsmere Borough Council.


44-46 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia

DWD secured planning permission for the redevelopment of an existing office building in Central London to provide a 2-storey rear extension, a single storey roof extension and a new façade including 3 bay windows.


The Roffen Club, Rochester

Trinity School & College is an independent day school, college and gateway provision specialising in teaching children and young people aged 6 to 25 with a diagnosis of anxiety, speech, language and communication difficulties. DWD were appointed to advise on the potential expansion of the school’s campus, with particular focus on ‘The Roffen Club’ located at 41 New Road located to the east of the existing school.