Jillings Heynes Planning deals with proposals and planning issues from the very smallest to the very largest, whether a planning application for one house, or much more, or the long term strategic promotion of large areas of land on the edge of towns and villages. We try to apply a general approach based on an intimate knowledge and experience of planning policy and law to all planning issues whatever the size or type.

The examples below show some of the work that Ed and Neal have recently undertaken.

Stanhope Road, Portsmouth

Stanhope Road, Portsmouth

Acting on behalf of ThreeSixty Development (Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd at the time), we submitted an application for a 1000 bed student housing scheme in Portsmouth City Centre. This involved the conversion of an existing 14 storey vacant office building for 400 student beds and an extension comprising 600 additional beds. Part of the site has been sold off for a hotel. The planning application involved negotiation on planning policy issues in relation to loss of employment floorspace, highway capacity and heritage. With regard to the latter the site was sandwiched between two listed buildings, one of which was the Guildhall. The site also adjoined a Conservation Area and a Registered Park and Garden. The planning application was approved at committee and the project is now being constructed with an expected opening date of September 2017.

Pinhoe Road, Exeter

Pinhoe Road, Exeter

Jillings Heynes Planning undertakes a diverse range of planning work in relation to different types of development. This includes work in the hospitality and leisure sector. We secured planning permission in late 2014 for a combined public house and restaurant on a site adjacent to Pinhoe Road, Exeter for Marstons PLC. This is one of a number of projects we are currently working on for the Client. The work involved undertaking key discussions and negotiations with Exeter City Council regarding the form and appearance of the development and other technical issues such as drainage. With a planning application submitted and with permission granted we also undertook a significant amount of work in dealing with the submission of material to allow for the discharge of planning conditions to a strictly observed timetable. This then enabled Marstons to construct the development. The public house and restaurant opened its doors to the public in September 2015.

Warnscombe, Dunsford

Warnscombe, Dunsford

We acted on behalf of the landowners in achieving planning permission for a new dwelling in the open countryside outside Dunsford on the edge of Dartmoor. A planning application had been previously refused on the site and a radical redesign took place with a strengthened planning case being made with a Unilateral Undertaking being submitted which gave up the residential use of a cottage on the site in exchange for the new dwelling. The design incorporated sustainable technology with space for growing of food and the use of timber from the site used in the construction of the dwelling.

Hayne Lane, Honiton

Hayne Lane, Honiton

Acting on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land LLP, a planning application was submitted for up to 300 dwellings on a site at Hayne Lane, Honiton. The landowner was, incidentally, the Combe Estate which is another Client of Jillings Heynes Planning. The application was screened under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation and it was determined that an Environmental Statement was not required. The work we undertook involved significant discussions and negotiations with the Council in relation to a number of matters including the principle of development with five-year housing land supply being a key consideration. We also had to deal with a significant number of technical issues, manage the project team and, due to the complexity of the project, issue instructions to leading Counsel. To ensure a robust approach was undertaken with the project, work was also undertaken to promote the site through East Devon District Council’s Local Plan. The application was submitted to the Council’s Development Management Committee four times and eventually planning permission was granted in February 2015.

Atlantic Park, Bideford

Atlantic Park, Bideford

Jillings Heynes Planning has been involved with the delivery of various phases of development at Atlantic Park, Bideford. Phase 1B involved the submission of a full planning application on behalf of the developer, Wessex Investors, to facilitate the delivery of a new foodstore to be occupied by Aldi and a drive thru’ coffee shop for Starbucks. A key role in the project was managing the various project teams undertaking technical work on behalf of the developer and the two operators and dealing with technical issues as and when they arose. A further important part of the project was to submit representations to the emerging Joint North Devon and Torridge Local Plan having regard to the status of the site in the emerging Local Plan. The application was granted under delegated powers by Torridge District Council in October 2015 and the development is now underway. We are currently advising on Phase 2, which is a residential scheme.

Other Projects

Cummings Nursery, Cullompton

Leading an extensive project team, outline planning permission and the approval of reserved matters were secured for a scheme of 100 houses on a site outside the settlement boundary of Cullompton. The scheme is now under construction.

West Yelland, Barnstaple

Planning application for a residential development of up to 135 houses was submitted to the Council in June 2014 on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land LLP and an appeal was lodged against non-determination in January 2015. The appeal, determined by way of public inquiry, was allowed in October 2015.

Holmbush Road, St Austell

We acted on behalf of Devonshire Homes to support a planning application for a mixed use scheme including 190 houses and commercial development. The scheme was initially refused by the Council but allowed on appeal in June 2015.

The Green, Milton under Wychwood

An application was granted planning permission in 2013 for the change of use of retail premises to a veterinary practice in the Oxfordshire village of Milton under Wychwood. The key issue in the consideration of the application was the principle of development and the change of use of the retail outlet to an alternative use.

Ide, Exeter

A scheme was approved in 2015, by Exeter City Council, for the demolition of a former house in the Conservation Area and its replacement with two dwellings. The key issues that needed to be addressed were the impact of the development on the Conservation Area, the setting of nearby listed buildings and landscape and visual impact.

Straight Road, Romford

Jillings Heynes Planning is currently providing planning consultancy support in relation to a project that involves the erection of 19 apartments on a previously developed site in Romford.

St Giles on the Heath, Launceston

Jillings Heynes Planning has provided key planning consultancy advice to a local firm of architects in relation to a scheme for a barn conversion which has recently been approved by Torridge District Council.

Beckley Court, Plymouth

Acting on behalf of Knightsbridge Student Housing, we achieved planning permission for a scheme of 507 student bedrooms in a 22 storey building on a prominent city centre site. The scheme is currently being built and will be the city’s tallest building when complete.


An outline application for 95 dwellings was submitted on behalf of Devonshire Homes. This was appealed for non determination and a duplicate application resubmitted, which was subsequently refused. The appeal was heard by way of public inquiry and was allowed. The first phase has recently been given reserved matters approval.

Torpoint Neighbourhood Plan

Acting on behalf of a steering group advising Torpoint Town Council, Jillings Heynes Planning jointly worked with Clifton Emery Design in drafting a ‘Vision’ document. The Vision is currently being worked up in to a Neighbourhood Plan.

Bleadon Hill, Weston-super-Mare

Acting on behalf of two landowners, an application for 79 dwellings on a site near the AONB has been appealed for non determination and a duplicate application submitted.

Town Farm, Blackawton, South Devon

A scheme for 60 dwellings and employment floorspace was taken through extensive public consultation informing a development brief, which further informed a planning application. South Hams District Council approved the application for Cavanna Homes.

Link Road, Launceston

Jillings Heynes Planning is continuing to provide planning consultancy advice in relation to a major scheme on the edge of Launceston, Cornwall involving the erection of a foodstore, additional commercial development and housing of up to 275 units.

Westacott, Barnstaple

Jillings Heynes Planning is supporting and advising Progress Land, on the first phase of a mixed use major strategic allocation on the edge of Barnstaple. We are working closely with the Council to deliver the project.

Clowne, Derbyshire

We have worked closely with CVS plc and provided planning consultancy advice to secure the change of use of a community building to a veterinary practice on the edge of Clowne town centre.

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