Full service planning & development consultancy

All your planning and development needs delivered by experienced, skilled professionals

About

APT’s purpose is to successfully guide you through the planning process with minimum fuss to help you achieve your goal.

We provide expert, innovative and flexible advice to individuals, landowners, developers, community groups, businesses and rural enterprises with an interest in land and property.

Our focus is on the provision of commercially relevant planning & development advice and the implementation of creative and intelligent solutions.

With over 25 years’ experience APT’s founder and director – Tony Thomas has extensive knowledge in both the private and public sector. His experience ranges from home extensions to driving forward major development proposals and he continues to work on some of the largest and most complex development projects in Scotland.

Services

Navigating a project through the planning system is at the very heart of what we do.

Equipped with up-to-date knowledge, we provide tailored advice and guidance on the full spectrum of planning related activity. 

Our planning services range from offering initial advice on the likely potential of any given site, submitting planning applications and appeals, to preparing project strategies and managing large scale project teams and stakeholder engagement.

Immediate and strategic housing related projects. Working for a range of clients including landowners, house builders and property companies we have a proven track record in steering projects from initial feasibility right through the planning process to securing planning permission and beyond.

The delivery of mixed use projects is going to be an increasingly important aspect of site development in the coming years as Governments and Councils expect a proactive approach to the efficient use of land. We have extensive experience of bringing together a range of different uses on one site, identifying the key areas of the planning process and managing project teams. 

Identifying and coordinating EIA teams, incorporating the screening, scoping and preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments in support of major applications for planning permission. 

We appraise sites, assess their planning context and provide concise and proactive advice identifying development potential. We manage the planning process from the outset through to project completion.

All forms of retail including regional shopping centres, specialist markets, major food store developments, retail warehouse parks, stand-alone retail units and other town centre uses.

Working with land owners, developers and architects to create solutions that enable development in sensitive historical environments, securing planning consents that transform redundant assets into resources with a viable future.

Promoting a pragmatic approach to regeneration projects; providing innovative and sustainable solutions that maximise the commercial value and minimise the risk to planning and development.

Working closely with the local planning authorities, we expertly walk our clients through the complexities of the planning system from initial project feasibility to agreeing the most appropriate strategies and achieving the very best result for each site. 

Services

Navigating a project through the planning system is at the very heart of what we do.

Equipped with up-to-date knowledge, we provide tailored advice and guidance on the full spectrum of planning related activity. 

Our planning services range from offering initial advice on the likely potential of any given site, submitting planning applications and appeals, to preparing project strategies and managing large scale project teams and stakeholder engagement.

Immediate and strategic housing related projects. Working for a range of clients including landowners, house builders and property companies we have a proven track record in steering projects from initial feasibility right through the planning process to securing planning permission and beyond.

The delivery of mixed use projects is going to be an increasingly important aspect of site development in the coming years as Governments and Councils expect a proactive approach to the efficient use of land. We have extensive experience of bringing together a range of different uses on one site, identifying the key areas of the planning process and managing project teams. 

Identifying and coordinating EIA teams, incorporating the screening, scoping and preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments in support of major applications for planning permission. 

We appraise sites, assess their planning context and provide concise and proactive advice identifying development potential. We manage the planning process from the outset through to project completion.

All forms of retail including regional shopping centres, specialist markets, major food store developments, retail warehouse parks, stand-alone retail units and other town centre uses.

Working with land owners, developers and architects to create solutions that enable development in sensitive historical environments, securing planning consents that transform redundant assets into resources with a viable future.

Promoting a pragmatic approach to regeneration projects; providing innovative and sustainable solutions that maximise the commercial value and minimise the risk to planning and development.

Working closely with the local planning authorities, we expertly walk our clients through the complexities of the planning system from initial project feasibility to agreeing the most appropriate strategies and achieving the very best result for each site. 

People

Director

Tony Thomas

APT’s founder and Director, has over 25 years planning and development experience, working across both the private and public sectors. Following roles with a number of high profile consultancies including Turley Associates, CBRE and WYG and as a development director with AWG Property LTD., Tony finally realised his long-held ambition to establish his own business in creating APT Planning & Development in 2012.

APT’s founder and Director, has over 25 years planning and development experience, working across both the private and public sectors. Following roles with a number of high profile consultancies including Turley Associates, CBRE and WYG and as a development director with AWG Property LTD., Tony finally realised his long-held ambition to establish his own business in creating APT Planning & Development in 2012.

Tony acts for a range of clients from major house-builders to commercial and retail developers, landowners and private clients from across Scotland and across many different sectors. His extensive project management experience involves taking a lead role in co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams to advise on planning strategies, submit major planning applications and manage the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments when necessary. Tony is highly regarded for combining his exceptional standard of client focused service together with his extensive planning and development knowledge to deliver the best possible outcome for his clients.

Not only does Tony bring vast amount of skill and expertise, he is also renowned for bringing energy and a "can do" attitude to each and every project that he works on.

Tony also invests in continuing his own professional development. On completing his BSc Hons in Town Planning he went on to study for a qualification in surveying to further extend his knowledge. A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Tony adheres to a code of conduct that specifies high standards of professional ethics. He frequently attends a diverse range of seminars and events to keep up to date with the latest research, policy and practice.

Outside of work Tony enjoys family life in the beautiful East Lothian countryside and coast and takes advantage of the many fantastic golf courses situated on his door step.

Contact

apt planning & development
6 High Street, East Linton
East Lothian
EH40 3AB

t 0131 618 9888

t 07747 780 852

e tony@apt-plandevelop.co.uk

w www.apt-plandevelop.co.uk

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