Planning Application Consultancy

Martin Environmental Solutions Ltd offer a comprehensive service to the Private Sector and Local Government with regards to planning applications in respect of environmental issues.

We have sound knowledge of the planning process and specifically PPS23 and PPG24 and have worked closely with planning departments and applicants through attendance at pre-application meetings, reviewing and formulating professional comments on submitted applications and reviewed third party reports to ascertain the pertinence and validity of their conclusions.

We can provide expert advice on issues of noise, odour, light, air quality, drainage, waste management and amenities, along with attending planning committees and inquiries presenting detailed technical information at both.

The challenge of development planning today is to create high quality places where people wish to live and work, underpinned by the principles of sustainable development. New developments must be achievable, realistic and commercially viable. Environmental considerations must be taken into account alongside social and economic factors.

Whether the development is a new settlement in a greenfield location, or the redevelopment of a contaminated urban brownfield site, having access to the right advice is critical to the success of a project.

Martin Environmental Solutions Ltd adopts a creative and cost-effective approach in all its development planning projects. Drawing on an extensive range of in-house professional skills, we provide a multi-disciplinary, integrated service to meet your requirements.

Private Sector

Martin Environmental Solutions Ltd can offer a full service to individual developers covering environmental issues including:

  • Full Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Noise Control Services, including insulation
  • Lighting Plans
  • Odour control and mitigation
  • Air Quality impacts and mitigation measures
  • Contaminated Land Phase One Desk Studies

We provide pre-application advice, with a view to establishing the prospects of securing planning permission for a proposed development, and assist in tailoring development proposals to increase the likelihood of success.

Planning Applications

By addressing key environmental issues prior to submission of your planning application we can ensure problems are resolved early, preventing delays in the application process. Local authority fears are laid to rest and appropriate mitigation measures are included within the application.

In the event of a refusal of planning permission, we undertake planning appeals by written representations, informal hearings and public inquiries. We have experience in the preparation and provision of expert witness evidence for public inquiry and work regularly alongside planning solicitors and leading Counsel.

Environmental Impact Assessments

With the environment at the top of every agenda, there are very few projects which do not need to assess the potential impact of development. Environmental Imapact Assessments (EIA) are an important procedure for ensuring that the likely affects of any new development on the environment are fully understood and taken into account before the development can proceed.

As consultants, we can guide you through the EIA process, providing you with a full detailed report, along with a non-technical summary presenting our findings in a clear manner.


Noise is a possible source of nuisance and annoyance in both buildings and the open environment and can be a key factor in the refusal of planning applications. Noise assessment and control is therefore an essential factor in ensuring a successful application.

We have the ability and experience to assess your acoustic requirements and then advise on appropriate alterations to your design(s). Our expertise in environmental noise and building acoustics can be combined with other environmental and engineering services to provide answers to all of your engineering needs.

Our services include:

  • Building and Architectural Acoustics
  • Building Services Acoustics
  • Noise Impact Assessments and Planning
  • Transportation Noise
  • Occupational Noise Assessments
  • Vibration Assessments

Local Government

We can offer a full service to local authorities covering environmental issues including:

  • Pre-application discussions - Pre-planning advice on all environmental health related functions, noise, air quality, contaminated land, odours, light, waste management, amenity.
  • Planning application reviews - Once submitted we have extensive experience at reviewing planning applications to assist in their determination, formation of suitable conditions and the identification of missing or inaccurate data required to reach an informed decision.
  • Reviewing third party reports - We have extensive experience at reviewing a wide range of third party reports submitted in support of planning applications, including acoustic assessments, lighting plans, air quality assessments and odour assessments.
  • Offering expert advice for planning appeals and enquiries - With a history of successfully presenting complex environmental information at planning inquiries, we can provide expert evidence to assist in the defence of decisions reached by local authority planning committees.

About Us

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Throughout the North West

Based in Blackpool on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, Martin Environmental Solutions Ltd are well placed to provide environmental health consultant services and advice to local government and businesses throughout the North West.

Accrington, Bacup, Barnsley, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Carlisle, Chester, Chorley, Crewe, Cumbria, Darwen, Garstang, Halifax, Heysham, Kendal, Lancaster, Leeds, Leyland, Liverpool, Lytham St Annes, Macclesfield, Manchester, Morecambe, Oldham, Over Wyre, Preston, Prestwich, Rochdale, Rossendale, Sheffield, Skelmersdale, Southport, St Helens, Stockport, Warrington, Widnes, Wigan, Wirral, Wrexham and more are all within easy reach.