We advise across all sectors, including brownfield and greenfield development whether it is high density tall buildings and large-scale urban extensions through to roof extensions and change of use. We work with developers, owner occupiers, investors and land owners.

Property advice

The DWD team has extensive experience in affordable housing viability. Planning policy generally requires developers to provide up to half of new dwellings as affordable housing. The potential impact on the supply of housing sites, land value and development returns is therefore significant.

Our team of RICS Registered Valuers and Chartered Town Planners advise applicants on affordable housing policy and development economics to help clients optimise their schemes. We provide informal advice and detailed Viability Reports considering the impact of affordable housing and Section 106 obligations on the deliverability of residential, mixed-use and commercial schemes. We also negotiate with Local Planning Authorities to minimise the burden of such obligations on landowners and developers in order to maximise value. Where necessary we also present Expert evidence in support of Planning Appeal proceedings and negotiate viability review mechanisms.

As part of the overall strategy DWD liaise with the client’s project team including planning and cost consultants and provide advice in respect of design, layout, specification, unit mix and tenures all of which may directly impact upon the potential viability of the scheme. We find that we can best add value through being engaged at an early stage in the planning and development process.

DWD are also able to assist in the drafting of Section 106 Agreements following the grant of planning consent and provide affordable housing valuation and agency advice to both developers and registered providers.

Business rates

We work with developers across the UK. The recent legal changes have led to a great deal of uncertainty around the circumstances required to either reduce assessments to zero or delete them from the rate list entirely. Our skill, at DWD, is selecting and executing the best strategy for each set of circumstances so that we achieve the earliest possible effective date for the commencement of the zero liability.

In the property’s twilight months or years between occupation and redevelopment the empty property rate liability will need to be carefully managed. Different strategies will need to be adopted dependent on the circumstances and whether the property will be held empty for a short or long term.

For the 2017 Revaluation the government has introduced a new appeal system known as Check Challenge Appeal (CCA). This has made the appeal process slower and more complex. However, the DWD team is able to help; different appeal types can be used to achieve different objectives: Where property is being redeveloped assessments can be either deleted or reduced to zero. The impact on liability is very similar, however the circumstances of each case will determine which route is most effective.

As developments near completion, Local Authorities will often issue Completion Notices to force the early assessment of domestic dwellings, DWD can help with challenging the Completion Notices.


DWD have a strong track record in urban regeneration and mixed-use schemes, greenfield urban extensions, permitted development, one off houses and schemes that affect heritage assets including conservation areas and listed buildings.

We advise housebuilders, promoters, developers, and site owners on scheme feasibility, technical compliance, the provision of affordable housing and scheme viability. We work with design professionals and frequently project manage planning submissions at the pre-application and application stages coordinating sustainability, transportation, heritage and environmental technical supporting submissions.

We are adept at putting together robust, well-thought through applications and navigating them through the planning process, engaging with stakeholders and establishing cooperative relationships with strategic and local planning authorities. We have considerable success in achieving high density, estate regeneration, greenfield urban extensions and air rights development.

We advise on and implement strategic land allocations through the development plan process and if necessary we give expert evidence at examinations and appeals.

Once planning permission is obtained our Residential Planning Team frequently remain involved in the project to discharge all pre-commencement planning conditions and that all Section 106 legal obligations are complied with to ensure there is no delay to the development starting on site. If changes to the approved development are required before or during construction, we also manage this process and advise the design team what is necessary and obtain the appropriate consents from the Local Planning Authority. We also advise on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and negotiate reductions with the Local Planning Authority where exemptions or relief can be achieved.


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Alan Vickery

Director & Head of Business Rates

020 7489 4831

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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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Stephen Rose

Senior Associate - Planning

020 7332 2113

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Alex McCombie

Associate – Planning

020 7332 2107

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Charlie Merry

Associate - Planning

020 7355 0337

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Leo Cunningham-Baily

Associate - Planning

020 7489 4893

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Lucy Freeman

Senior Planner

020 7489 4832

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Clare Bambury


0207 489 4896

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Ben Shaw

Assistant Planner

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Lindsay Blainey

Assistant Planner

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Ollie Williams

Assistant Planner

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

Willow Vale, Shepherd’s Bush

DWD was appointed by City Innovations to prepare an application for planning permission for 4 dwellings at 58 – 76 Willow Vale, London.


Big Yellow Self Storage, Battersea

DWD is acting for Big Yellow Self Storage in relation to their proposals for a mixed use development at the corner of York Road and Lombard Road, Battersea.


Camden, Estate Regeneration

DWD has acted for Camden Council in relation to a number of projects within their 15 year Community Investment Programme (CIP).


Raglan Court, Wembley

DWD were instructed to advise in respect of the extension of a block of 1930's flats. We were initially appointed to provide planning feasibility and appraisal advice to the project team during the design stage and to analyse the viability of a number of potential schemes which sought to increase the quantum of residential development across the site.