Planning Consultants Survey 2014 - Note to Respondents

Please see the following advisory notes for filling out Planning's 2014 Planning Consultants Survey

Section 2: Staffing levels

In Section 2, please include only full-time or full-time equivalent staff employed permanently or on a contract of at least 12 months. For part-time staff, estimate full-time equivalent. For example, a member of staff working 2.5 days a week should be counted as 0.5. By fee-earners, we mean members of staff whose time can be billed to clients.

Please take particular care in compiling your figures for Total UK-based fee earners and Total UK chartered town planners. We envisage that the published survey results will include information on average planning fee income per fee earner/chartered town planner.

Section 4: Fee income

FIGURES SHOULD BE NET OF VAT

Please take particular care in compiling your figures for planning fee income. We envisage that the published survey results will include information on average planning fee income per fee earner/chartered town planner.

We ask for fee income figures for the 2013-14 financial year to provide a fair basis for comparison between different consultancies. If your accounting period does not run from April to March, please indicate fee income for the nearest 12-month period for which audited figures are available, stating which period your figures cover.

If your fee income for the year exceeded £5 million, we require you to provide a breakdown of at least part of this fee income in Section 5.

Major multi-disciplinary projects may include planning and non-planning elements. In such cases, we would ask respondents to estimate figures for the planning element only.

Fee income should be included for projects or elements of projects that involve: Masterplanning, design briefs, urban design, conservation of historic areas or artefacts, environmental impact assessment, environmental surveys, sustainability appraisal, land remediation studies, economic assessment and feasibility studies, needs assessment, financial or viability appraisal, Community Infrastructure Levy, community and stakeholder engagement, compilation and presentation of material for planning applications and appeals, planning and development agreements, compulsory purchase advice, landscape frameworks and strategies, transport studies and assessments, travel plans, local, sub-regional or regional plan-making, neighbourhood planning.

Fee income figures should not include projects or elements of projects that involve:
Detailed architectural or landscape design, building services, civil or structural engineering services, transport infrastructure design and engineering, estate agency or property management services, construction project management, quantity surveying, interior design.

Neither list is exhaustive so if in doubt please contact us.

Section 5: Market sectors

FIGURES SHOULD BE NET OF VAT. Please do not include non-UK planning fee income in this section

Column 2: Please indicate your UK planning fee income in year ending 31 March 2014 for work in the sectors shown in Column 1.

The published survey results will show major earners in each sector. It is unlikely that any figure below £100,000 will be published, so you could save time by omitting figures for earnings in individual sectors that fall below this threshold.

Inevitably there is some potential overlap between the categories identified in this section. To avoid double-counting, IT IS ESSENTIAL that fee income from any particular commission is entered in only one of the categories offered. The aggregate income shown in Column 2 must not exceed your figure for total UK planning fee income in Section 4.

Work connected with specific development projects (including site-specific representations on LDFs) should be included in the relevant category under the headers "Development Management" or "Infrastructure Planning". Sector-specific planning work such as transport plans, housing land availability studies etc should also be included under these headings.

Work unconnected with specific development projects or types should be included at the relevant spatial level in Plans, Strategies and Studies. This includes general strategic work intended to inform the evidence base of LDFs or other strategies, SEA and environmental appraisal, regeneration strategies etc.

Large-scale mixed developments: Where these contain a broad mix of uses they may be entered under Mixed-use development (greenfield or brownfield). Projects comprising a predominant development type should be entered in the relevant Development Management sector category eg large housing developments with just one or two local shops or facilities should be entered under Residential.

Regeneration projects: Projects focusing on local regeneration or redevelopment of properties in single use should be entered in the relevant Development Management category. Where a wider mix of uses is involved, they should be entered under Mixed-use development (brownfield). More general studies of regeneration potential etc should be entered under Plans, Strategies and Studies.

Plan representations: Commission for private or public clients on an LDF allocation for a specific development type should be entered under the relevant Development Management category. Representations for developers or landowners seeking an unspecified use or involving a portfolio of sites should be entered under the relevant spatial category in Plans, Strategies and Studies.

Infrastructure projects: If infrastructure planning work is ancillary to a development project, please include it under the relevant Development Management category. Stand-alone transport, energy, telecoms, water supply and drainage projects should be entered in the appropriate Infrastructure Planning category.

Columns 3 and 4: Please estimate growth (+) or decline (-) in the UK market for planning consultancy services in the sectors shown in Column 1

These estimates should give your view of how these sectors will change overall, not how you expect your own consultancy's fee income in them to change.

Further assistance

Any technical queries on completing the form electronically should be addressed to
Rob German 01452 835839 or email robert.german@haymarket.com

If you have any queries on the purpose or content of the survey please contact Bryan Johnston on 01242 510323 or email bryan.johnston@haymarket.com.


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