Matrix Planning

What we can do for you

We look for accelerated solutions to your property problems and steer you through the complexities of the planning system turning unused land and buildings into a valuable asset
Our work clears the fog of failed applications and preparing crystal clear appeals
We have the knowledge to unveil the mystique of environmental issues, revealing the real opportunities
We take complex planning issues and giving straight advice on resolution
Your land and development problems are answered

Your work may require help from Matrix with

  • Advising you on planning legislation
  • Identifying sites for development
  • Finding land owners if this is not known.
  • Carrying out case or site appraisals
  • Submitting Planning Applications
  • Specific planning reports produced tailored to your needs
  • Producing Design & Access Statements
  • Appeals against refusal of permission
  • Assessing the likelihood of success of a planning application to save abortive costs
  • Delivering implementable Planning Permissions
  • Pursuing your interests in emerging Local Development Frameworks
  • Carrying out community consultation
  • Directing others to create indicative layouts and master plans
  • Certificates of Lawfulness
  • Providing Expert Witness Services
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Advising clients on strategy and chance of success
  • Desk top research, review of site history
  • Visit to site and review of wider area
  • Discussion with Council officers

Why use a Chartered Town Planner?

–  Many planning application problems and refusals result from a lack of professional input.
–  Numerous planning or development consultants possess no planning qualifications whatsoever.
–  We must have a degree in Planning and ample experience in spatial planning
–  We must adhere to a code of conduct.
–  A lack of planning expertise can not only jeopardise the success of your project
–  Avoid additional costs and delays.

The early engagement of a Chartered Town Planner can ensure that building plans will be deliverable and satisfy the local planning authority.

Councils employ Chartered Town Planners to determine planning applications.    Make sure you have matching talents on your side, talking their language, and representing your interests.

Our Services

Development management & solutions

Matrix Planning Ltd deals with all aspects of the development control process, from small-scale proposals to major projects.
We pride ourselves on taking a positive but realistic approach in assessing proposals and advising on acceptability.
The initial idea is taken through to the completion of the project.
Our team is experienced in all aspects of the process from applications to appeals and Public Inquiries.
We will direct Section 106 Agreements and the complex negotiations that form the basis of appeals and inquires.
Development Management requires firm guidance to guide you to a successful outcome to the development project.

Project management & coordination

Success requires thorough preparation before going public.
Matrix co-ordinates projects from inception through to completion. We take on differing roles according to the client’s requirements, often as the lead consultant.
The type of projects vary considerably and could include the organisation of stakeholder consultation (shortly to be a requirement on all major developers).
As the Environmental Agenda alters and the complexity of the planning system evolves, we are able to meet the demands by advising clients of the most suitable consultants for the projects.
We can manage projects by instructing, meeting and directing other consultants, in conjunction with the client’s wishes.

Who we are and who we work with

Gordon Smith MRTPI

Gordon Smith is Company Director, and a Chartered Town Planner. He is an enthusiastic and seasoned planning professional with 34 years experience in Local Authority and Planning Consultancy sectors.


We can offer you experience of promoting, brokering and facilitating development from a private or public sector viewpoint.

We offer energetic planning advice, with practical solutions to steer clients through a challenging planning system.

Our recent experience working  at a senior level in Local Authorities provides a unique perspective

Small builders and landowners

Small builders and landowners have also found our services useful and cost effective as we take the complexity out of the planning system. We also keep our costs down by not maintaining expensive main offices but work from our homes.
If we can’t do it, we work with others who can.
We are able to prepare reports required to accompany planning applications. Alternatively, if a specialist is needed we can obtain these services on your behalf.

We work with a number of design professionals who can work rapidly to produce 2D and 3D drawings, and masterplans. We will match your needs with the right designer.

Depending on your project, you may need a Flood Risk Assessment, Arboricultural Report (tree survey), a Transport Assessment, Ecology Report (eg. newts, bats, owls) , a Landscape Design, a Contamination Report or Asbestos Survey or Archaeologist or other special requirement relevant to your site.


Contact Us

Company Director:
Mr Gordon Smith,  MRTPI

Matrix Planning Ltd.
Offices are in Market Deeping, Peterborough

Mobile 07789 483 134