Town planner based in Exeter

Planning consultancy support for landowners, developers and individuals

Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

About Me

Neal Jillings BSc(Hons) MA MRTPI

I have worked in the planning system since 1995, starting at North Somerset Council and then the Planning Inspectorate, before moving into the private sector in 2005, working for Savills and, since 2012, myself, as Jillings Hutton Planning.  I now spend a good proportion of my time on the strategic promotion of development land through Place Land LLP.

Contact me if...

You need planning advice and accept that professional advice often involves a fee

Don't contact me if...

You need planning advice and consider  that professional advice should be given for free


Planning consultant

Planning appraisals

I can undertake a cost effective review of the chances of success for your proposal.  If the answer is an obvious 'no' or 'probably not' (accepting that strange things do get approved and also refused in the planning system), then I would tell you straight away.  I will not be able to do this over the phone with limited information.  I will be able to do this with a proper instruction and fee agreement in place. 

Planning applications and appeals etc

I can review your case and recommend an appropriate planning strategy, including an application, a certificate of lawfulness, a deed of variation, a s73 application, an appeal etc.  I have represented house builders, commercial developers and private landowners at appeal, including appearing at public inquiries and informal hearing.  I have instructed QC's and barristers in respect of public inquiries.  I particularly enjoy appeals (weird I know), so please contact me if you have a refusal that might need appealing.  Sometimes an amended application is the way forward, so I would not be gung ho about appealing in every instance. 

Strategic development/site promotion

Some sites have no chance of getting permission at the current time, but in working with the planning policy formulation process, it is often possible to get planning permission in the longer term.  Most recently developed sites for housing were once green fields with no chance of getting planning permission - until they were promoted through the planning system.