Mark Jones Planning Consultancy

A customer focussed planning consultancy based in Greater Manchester

About us

Mark Jones Planning Consultancy started in January 2012 as a small, customer focussed planning consultancy.  Mark Jones is our Principal Planner with over 30 years hands on planning experience in local government and more recently in the private sector.  He holds a BA Hons degree and Bachelor of Town Planning Degree and has been a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1995.  He also has a Diploma in Management Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

We have a diverse client base ranging from large organisations to individuals.

Many of our clients return, which shows how happy they are with our service. We also work alongside many architectural practices and technologists to provide a comprehensive service.

We provide honest and impartial advice and this approach has ensured the successful delivery of planning consents.

Our planning services include:

  • Planning applications and appeals

  • Site appraisals and development opportunity assessments

  • Planning enforcement issues - enforcement notices and threats of enforcement action

  • Specialist advice with regards to:-

  1.   Green Belt development
  2.   Barn/agricultural building conversions
  3.   Household extensions
  4.   Hot food takeaways and restaurant uses
  5.   Mosques
  6.   Garden developments  
  7.   Housing schemes
  8.   Commercial schemes
  9.   Agricultural and residential permitted development applications

  • Development Plan representation

  • Design advice

  • Representing neighbours against nearby development proposals

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our Services


We provide specialist advice to applicants regarding development proposals.

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We specialise in overturning refusals of planning permissions.

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Planning applications

The main part of our business is to act on behalf of applicants to secure planning permission for development proposals.  We have over 30 years of planning experience, both in the public and private sectors.   We understand the planning process and recent changes in National planning guidance in the form of the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance.

We can recommend Architects to work with us to get a scheme ready for planning submission. By working together you get our expertise in understanding the complexities of the planning system as well as access to qualified designers.  We can also bring in other experts, when necessary, to provide advice in respect of trees, ecological issues, land contamination, topographical surveys and flood risk.


Detailed planning permission has been obtained for an infill house within the Stone Breaks Conservation Area.  

Constructed in natural stone with a slate roof the house will preserve and enhance the character and setting of the Conservation Area.

Working positively with the Planning Officers ensured that a design was secured that was appropriate to the area as well as achieving adequate privacy and amenity standards.

The scheme includes integrated bird and bat boxes and enhancements to the ecology of the area through tree and hedgerow planting.

Residential redevelopment of former builder's yard

Residential redevelopment of former builder's yardResidential redevelopment of former builder's yard
Working with KATE Architect permission has been successfully granted for the conversion of a historic workshop into a pair of houses and the redevelopment of the remaining site to accommodate two detached bungalows with access improvements.

Working with Aspin & Co, Chartered Surveyors we were able to demonstrate that there was no commercial viability with retaining the commercial use and full support was given by Tameside Planners and Committee Members.

A courtyard design was chosen to reflect the historic arrangement of buildings.

The proposal will provide a small, sustainable housing scheme that will provide a range of house types to create mixed and balanced communities.

Planning permission granted for heritage centre

Planning permission granted for heritage centre
Detailed planning permission has been obtained to convert the former printer's shop in Greenfield into an education resource, heritage and archive centre to be used by Saddleworth Historical Society.  

It will be a fantastic new lease of life for this building that hasn't been in use for over 20 years. It will provide a new home for the Society and enable Saddleworth's rich history to be archived for future generations to enjoy. It has been our pleasure in working with the Society and Oldham Council in supporting this proposal.

Infill house granted adjoining conservation area in glossop

Infill house granted adjoining conservation area in glossopInfill house granted adjoining conservation area in glossop
Working with Studio OL3 detailed planning permission close to Glossop Town Centre and adjoining St James Conservation Area.  Working proactively with the Council Planners, Conservation Officer, Highway Engineer and Arboricultural Officer a scheme has been designed that the Planner has assessed to be of 'high quality' and preserves the setting of the adjacent conservation area.  Measures to improve biodiversity within the site have been achieved including integrated bird and bat boxes, native hedgerow planting and trees.

Prior Approval Consents - Part Q conversion agricultural building to dwellinghouses

Prior Approval Consents - Part Q conversion agricultural building to dwellinghousesPrior Approval Consents - Part Q conversion agricultural building to dwellinghouses
We have recently been granted Prior Approval to convert a number of agricultural buildings in the Saddleworth area of the Greater Manchester Green Belt into dwellinghouses as permitted under Part 3, Class Q of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015. These have included conversions at Sandy Lane Farm, Heights Fold Farm and Springhill Farm.  

To meet the provisions of Class Q, strict criteria must be satisfied including the agricultural buildings having been used for the purposes of agriculture on the 20 March 2013, or last used for agriculture before that date if unused on 20 March 2013.  Class Q development does not apply for buildings built after March 2013.

Part Q a. and b. of the Act allows for the following:

  • Creation of up to 3 larger dwellings (up to 465 sq m); up to 5 smaller dwellings (up to 100 sq metres each) or a combination of larger and smaller dwellings of which the number of larger dwellings cannot exceed three and the total number of dwellings cannot exceed five on each established agricultural unit by conversion of existing buildings;
  • The development must not result in the external dimensions extending beyond the external dimensions of the existing building at any given point;
  • The installation or replacement of windows, doors, roofs, exterior walls, water, drainage, electricity, gas and other services to the extent reasonably necessary for the building to function as a dwelling;
  • Partial demolition to the extent reasonably necessary to carry out the building operations above.
  • The curtilage of the dwellings should not be any larger than the land area occupied by the agricultural building.
If you have an agricultural building that meets the above criteria please get in touch to see if we can help you.

Infill house granted close to protected trees

Infill house granted close to protected trees
Working alongside Studio OL3 Architects we have secure planning permission for a modern infill house within the side garden of a property in Saddleworth.  The house is to be built in natural stone with a slate roof to fit in with the Saddleworth vernacular was fully supported by the Planners.

The site is located close to trees covered by a group Tree Preservation Order and by working with out Arborists at Urban Green we modified the scheme to include a cellular confinement system for part of the driveway and permission to carry out works to the protected trees that overhang the application site.

The Planners considered it to be acceptable in land use terms and would not have a harmful effect on residential amenity or the character of the street scene.

Approval granted for business centre in Royton

Approval granted for business centre in RoytonApproval granted for business centre in Royton
Working with Studio OL3 detailed planning permission has been granted for a mixed use industrial scheme within Moss Lane Industrial Estate, Royton.

The scheme includes a block of five units, each measuring 2,000 sq ft and will be available for a mixture of B1 - Business, B2 - General Industrial or B8 - Storage or Distribution Use. The units can be combined as one or more larger unit, depending on the nature of the business.

The units will be marketed through Breakey & Nuttall

Three detached houses, The Heath, Glossop

Working with OL3 Architects detailed planning permission has been secured for three detached houses.  The site contains a beautiful TPO oak tree.  Working with Council Officers and our own Arboricultural Consultants the design was modified to secure the retention of the protected tree, whilst at the same time deliver sustainable development.  

UPDATE - During early 2020, permission was granted for minor amendments to the approved scheme.  Positively working together with the case officer resulted in no pre-development conditions being necessary as all information was provided with the application.  Work started Spring 2020 and as of January 2021 is near completion.  


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What service can I expect to get?

We are Chartered Town Planners and follow the Royal Town Planning Institute Code of Professional Conduct.  

We act with competence, honesty and integrity and provide you with independent planning advice.

Before being commissioned to undertake the work we will meet with you to discuss the following:-

• scope of the advice which the client really needs.
• the client’s objectives in commissioning the work.

• timetable to which the client wants you to work.

• professional resources that you will need to put into the work.

• outputs and deliverables required by the client.

• background information and technical data that are available from the client.
• financial or budgetary constraints on the extent of the work.

• any specific requirements the client may have about the way the work is to be managed.

A short letter is always provided explaining what is included within the commission, when and how the work will be performed, and what the estimated costs are likely to be.

How much does it cost?

Each commission is different depending on its complexity and the amount of time taken.    

We provide a fee range that the commission will usually fall within and if it starts to exceed this limit then we talk it through with you and agree additional fees beforehand.  This is usually because of additional work, attendance at Planning Committee, additional meetings outside the initial scope of works or a planning appeal.

Fees are paid at the start of the commission, with a final fee once a decision is made.  

Please get in touch and we will give you a general idea of our fees.

Case Studies

Conversion of B1 Offices to 19 Studio Apartments - Prior Approval Application

Conversion of B1 Offices to 19 Studio Apartments - Prior Approval Application

The use of permitted development allows the conversion of offices into residential devlopment

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Conversion of health and fitness centre to mixed use as gym, retail and cafe

Conversion of health and fitness centre to mixed use as gym, retail and cafe

Consent granted to convert existing gym into a mixed use development in close proximity to Grade II Listed Building

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Demolition of house and redevelopment of site for up to 6 dwellinghouses

Demolition of house and redevelopment of site for up to 6 dwellinghouses

Demolition of existing house and redevelopment of house and garden plot

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Industrial extension

Industrial extension

Large extension to industrial premises in close proximity to river and houses

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Listed Building Consent granted for canopy and internal remodelling of Caffè Grande Abaco, Uppermill

Over the last few years we have worked with Caffè Grande Abaco to secure Listed Building Consents and planning permissions for the external canopy and extensive remodelling and conversion of the first and second floor offices into the extended coffee shop and wine bar.

The conversion is of high quality and retains many of the original features.

Working positively with Council Planning Officers and Conservation Officers resulted in a positive outcome that brings life back into the premises.

Green Belt planning approvals

Erection of ten stone stables

Erection of ten stone stables

Stone stables in the Green Belt

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Outline planning permission for residential

Outline planning permission for residential

Outline planning consent granted in former quarry in Green Belt

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Grandpa Greenes - Formation of car park

Grandpa Greenes - Formation of car park

Formation of a car park and disabled access ramp in the Green Belt to support a local ice cream business

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Barn conversion and extension

Barn conversion and extension

Convert and extend former barn to house and detached stable

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Replacement of dwellinghouse in Green Belt

Replacement of dwellinghouse in Green Belt

Support for new house in the Green Belt

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Planning appeals

We are aware that delays in processing planning applications and staff shortages with local authority planning departments more planning applications appear to being refused planning permission than in the past.  This has resulted in more of our clients wanting to lodge planning appeals.

In November 2017 we formed  Planning Appeals North West as a sister business to our planning consultancy to meet the increased demand.    Please have a look at our website for more information about the types of planning appeal that we get involved with and some of our success stories.

Planning appeals are not just about appealing against the refusal of planning permission, but about appealing against unreasonable planning conditions, enforcement notices and the failure of a planning authority to determine an application within the prescribed time period.



Studio OL3 - Daniel Markwart, Unit 23, Broadway Business Park, Broadgate, Oldham, OL9 9XA 

Tel. 07817 515813

KATE Architect - Kate Stott, 94 Ramsden Road, Wardle, OL12 9NT

Tel:        01706 379773
Mobile:  07821 047740

PLanz -  Keith Myhill 39 Market Street,  Broadbottom, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 6AX

Tel:   07712 409024

Roberta Daw - Design & Architecture Workshop, 2 Oldham Road, Delph, Oldham, OL3 5EB

Tel 01457 238324

Bricks and Pieces, Suite 301 Bradstone Mill, Bradstone Road, Stockport, SK5 7DL 

Tel 0161 443 4117