Survey: more consultants believe the sector is on the mend

Almost half of UK planning consultancies believe the economic outlook will pick up in 2013, the annual Planning Consultancy Survey has revealed.

Eighty out of 173 consultancies agreed that the economic climate for development will improve in the next 12 months - double the proportion that felt that way in last year's survey. The proportion who disagreed halved from 31 per cent to 16 per cent.

Key areas for growth are expected to be in energy planning and plan-making activity at district and neighbourhood level, where consultants predict rises of around ten per cent in business during 2012/13.

Mixed-use and residential schemes are also expected to perform well, with seven or eight per cent growth predicted, the survey found.

Forty-eight per cent of respondents thought their planning team would grow next year, up from 42 per cent in 2011. The number of chartered planners employed by the ten largest planning teams have risen marginally from 870 to 876 since September 2011, the survey shows.

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