an integrated team for an integrated service

Tunji Adebayo & Co has considerable knowledge in the Planning Sector and can help you pick your way through the minefield that constitutes UK Planning Laws. We provide a comprehensive Planning Service tailored to your requirements. This includes:

Initial Consultancy

Detailed Cost Analysis

Advice on Meeting Regulations

Managing Planning Applications and Negotiations

Initial Consultancy

Detailed Cost Analysis

Advice on Meeting Regulations

Managing Planning Applications and Negotiations

The blend of professional skills within our team means we can help you at every stage of the planning cycle. We provide an integrated expert planning service no matter what your property requirements.

Permitted Development

With the property market flooded with commercial property and more importantly vacant commercial property now is a perfect time for change of use applications.

Depending on your use government incentives such as permitted development could allow you to bypass the full Planning application process and convert a B1 commercial property with relative ease. Take a look at our FAQs for some clarity.

As a new business owner, we can help you carry out the preparation and submission of all types of applications to the local council. So, whether you would like planning consent for Barber shop in South East London or planning consent for a D1 use whether it be Church or Nursery use contact member of our team today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.


Vacant Property Conversion

The evolution of technology and Internet business more and more properties are finding themselves vacant up and down the country. These properties tend to fall into disrepair quite quickly and can be a financial burden for property owners. In addition to this, it becomes quite difficult for agents to let these properties.

This opens a unique opportunity for D1 users as these properties can be converted into alternative uses. If you have seen a neglected or vacant building in your area, please give us a call and see how this can be put to your advantage.


Church Planning Permission

The key thing is that we been with these organisations throughout this growth process. We are always available to find larger more suitable premises when the need arises.

But ensuring that church groups have the correct information from the onset reduces the number of mistakes, wasted funds and future complications especially in the area of planning. We find that a lot of our clients come to us after simple but at times irreversible mistakes have been made, rectifying them quite difficult and costly.


New Business Owner

Starting new business is an exciting and sometimes costly time he requires extensive planning most especially when it comes to your location. If you found the perfect property but don’t have the premises consent or whether you found a new shop and it needs a new lease of life Tunji Adebayo & Co. will be able to help.

Having worked for many corporate individuals, nursery practitioners, clinics, churches & community spaces as well as residential developments, we are well experienced in anticipating clients needs.


Property Development

Property development has become big business whether it’s the conversion, redevelopment or demolition of property. Tunji Adebayo & Co. can help you throughout the process, we don’t just advise you on meeting planning duties what available opportunity’s we can help you respond to them with the best possible outcomes we can:

Feasibility Studies

Submit Planning Applications

Negotiate Section 106 Agreements

Manage Projects and Professional Teams

Appeal Refusals and Enforcement Notices

Feasibility Studies

Submit Planning Applications

Negotiate Section 106 Agreements

Manage Projects and Professional Teams

Appeal Refusals and Enforcement Notices

Once development is authorised, we can help you source funding and complete the project.

Tunji Adebayo & Co. are also uniquely positioned to have several clients looking for space so we can provide you with a secure tenant for your development. If you have a development proposal and are looking for ways to add a community element within your property, book a meeting with us to discuss this further.


If you find that your application has been refused and are unsure of what to do, we are uniquely positioned to handle complicated and at times an unwanted use classes such as D1/D2 we have become very comfortable with fighting appeals and securing approvals.


Enforcement Notices

With the nature of D1 properties being so scarce and incredibly difficult to secure through planning. We find that a lot of our clients approach us after receiving a letter from the local planning Department requesting that they make a retrospective application for works. An owner or developer should never rely on a retrospective planning permission application to get an unauthorised development approved. Anyone doing this is taking a considerable risk and may face formal enforcement action.



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The first stage of the planning process is to determine if the proposals are feasible. We conduct a Feasibility Study into our clients’ proposals to determine whether they are likely to gain planning permission.

Tunji Adebayo & Co. will consider matters such as:

  • Determining your Permitted Development Rights (Under the Town And Country Planning Order 2008)
  • The potential for development under Full Planning Permission
  • Local Authority Regulations, Policies and Targets
  • Local Precedent (if any)
  • Conservation area Restrictions
  • Neighbours objections
    and more

A feasibility survey will enable us to get an idea of the limitations to your development. With this we will be able to offer you expert advise on how to proceed and successfully attain planning permission.

Feel free to look at our FAQs or contact our consultants as we are here to make the planning process an easy and positive experience for you.

When your development has been determined to be feasible, one of our consultants will visit your property at a time that suits you and discuss your project further. Alternatively, you may choose to meet us at our offices to discuss your proposal.

When it is agreed what works and improvements are to be included in the planning application, we will prepare a formal quotation to include a timescale and a payment schedule.

Upon instruction, one of our architects will carry out a full site survey, measuring, photographing and inspecting your property’s Structural features.

Speak to our planning consultants today about organising your site survey.

After the site survey your planning drawings will be prepared to the required specifications. Although the drawings that are required vary between each project, they will mostly require the following drawings:

Planning Drawings (Existing):

  • Front Elevation
  • Rear Elevation (if required)
  • Side Elevations (if required)
  • Floor Plans
  • Roof Plan
  • Site plan

Planning Drawings (Proposed):

  • Front Elevation
  • Rear Elevation (if required)
  • Side Elevations (if required)
  • Floor Plans
  • Roof Plan
  • Site plan

Once these architectural drawings have been completed, they will need your approval. Any changes you wish to make must take place at this stage. Once the drawings have been adjusted, approved we will then advance to the next stage.

Once you are happy to proceed, your application can be submitted.

An application will require:

  • Completed and dated application form
  • The plan which identifies the land to which the application relates drawn to an identified scale and showing the direction of North
  • Other plans and drawings or information necessary to describe the subject of the application
  • The Correct Council Fee
  • Planning Statement
  • Design and Access Statement
  • Additional Reports may be required the most common are Transport assessment, Noise, and Flood Risk assessment. (please note that each site is different and the requirement for additional may be more than mentioned above) • Completed, dated ownership certificate
  • The original and 3 copies of the completed, dated Article 7 Certificate

All copies of these documents and drawings will then be submitted on your behalf.

Speak to our planning consultants today about your planning permission application submission.

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Still have questions?
Have a look at our most frequently asked questions.


The ‘Classes’ of potential uses are divided into groups. For example, the uses falling under Part A are types of professional service provided to the public and business communities, including the sale of goods or service in shops. Each Part is further divided into sub-groups, which each then contains the specific uses the law is actually concerned with. Each of the subgroups is assigned a letter (from A to D) and a number, creating for example a ‘Class A1 Use’, a ‘Class B3 Use’, etc.

The Regulations amend Part B (and its associated Use Class) (the “Original Use Classes”) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (the “1987 Order”) and revokes Parts A and D (and their associated Original Use Classes) of the 1987 Order. The Regulation also introduces three new use classes (the “New Use Classes”), Class E, Class F.1 and Class F.2

From 1 September 2020, where a building or other land is being used for a purpose falling within one of the Original Use Classes, that building or other land will be treated as if it is being used for the corresponding New Use Class. New planning applications (including variations and reserved matters approvals) will also be determined by reference to the New Use Classes.

The Original Use Classes will remain relevant for certain “change of use” permitted development rights until 31 July 2021 and there are also some transitional provisions in the Regulations (“Transitional Provisions”) relating to permitted development prior approvals and planning applications or Article 4 Directions made before 1 September 2020 and the uses or Use Classes that apply to those. The Transitional Provisions will remain in place until 31 July 2021.

(Commercial, business and service) – including retail, restaurant, office, financial/professional services, indoor sports, medical and nursery uses along with “any other services which it is appropriate to provide in a commercial, business or service locality

(Learning and non-residential institutions) – including non-residential educational uses, and use as a museum, art gallery, library, public hall, religious institution or law court.

(Local community) – including use as a shop of no more than 280 sqm mostly selling essential goods, including food and at least 1km from another similar shop, and use as a community hall, area for outdoor sport, swimming pool or skating rink.

Yes, we can attend viewings as there can be planning issues that do not show up on floor plans or google maps. Both can at times be out of date.

There is no guarantee the change of use will be granted. We can make assessments based on the type of property location and policy but ultimately an application must be submitted to find out. The council won’t make a decision until they see the actual plans, drawings and details of what you intend to do to the building and how the change of use will affect the community.

It is a breach of planning law to use a building for a use outside its specified use class. The council can serve an Enforcement Notice on the premises, which will require you to stop any activity that does not fall under the use class the building currently has. Should this be ignored further you could face large fines or be prosecuted.

Ensuring that you are meeting an identified need within the community is a fantastic first step.

Contact us immediately to take proper advice on your next course of action, you will have a specified number of days to respond. We would not advise submitting the appeal on your own without sufficient experience as once this appeal is lost routes to securing a positive outcome are very minimal.

Permitted Development allows you to perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”.

They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes, or other buildings. Similarly, commercial properties have different permitted development rights to dwellings.

An article 4 direction is made by the local planning authority. It restricts the scope of permitted development rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the authority’s area.

The failure to obtain planning permission or comply with the details of a permission is commonly known as a ‘planning breach’.

A planning breach usually occurs when:

  • A development that requires planning permission is undertaken without the permission being granted – either because the planning application was refused or was never applied for
  • A development that has been given permission subject to conditions breaks one or more of those conditions.

A planning breach is not illegal, however, if the breach involves a previously rejected development (or a retrospective application fails) the council can issue an enforcement notice requiring you to put things back as they were.

It is however illegal to disobey a enforcement notice unless it is successfully appealed against. You can appeal against both refusals of permission and enforcement notices but if the verdict comes out against you and you still refuse to comply you may be prosecuted.