Testimonials

The Smiths, Chipping Norton

Richard and his team at RCC planning acted for us during our appeal against the refusal of Planning Permission. They provided us with an efficient and effective service, which ultimately allowed the appeal and our Planning Permission was granted.

It was a complex situation, with a myriad of issues however, Richard and his team were able to break through the complexities and use their experience to draw out the relevant points and produce a compelling statement that met the Inspectorate’s needs, in helping them to make the right decision.

Richard and his team were the final push we needed and have the right formula in place, that was instrumental in getting our scheme over the line. We were able to allow them to do their job and the result shows that our faith in their ability was very worthwhile. Thank you for all of your help and we would highly recommend your services.

Mr Paul Newman, QDOS Homes Ltd

Richard and his team at RCC Town Planning Consultancy have successfully assisted us on numerous projects and planning applications in the Wiltshire area. Their excellent, clear and professional advice, gained from specialist knowledge of the planning system including local and national planning policy, environmental considerations and local concerns, together with advice of layouts and design has been invaluable to the success of our applications. They approach all matters with diligence, professionalism and commercial understanding. We look forward to working with them on our next project and would certainly recommend their services.

Mr Steve Melcher, Alfold

I am extremely pleased with this outcome and thanks for the help provided by Richard and Vicky. I have been involved with several planning applications with our local planning office and working with your firm has made a potentially painful experience both hassle free and straightforward.

Mr Paul Langham, Littleton Panell

We retained RCC to help solve what should have been a straightforward planning application in our garden. RCC brought clarity to the discussions and clearly set out to the planning authorities where their incorrect assumptions were. The work RCC did for us resulted in the planning application being passed and we were delighted with the work.

Mr Craig Dalby, Bromham

I would recommend RCC Town Planning Consultancy without reservation. We have used them on several occasions now, each time with a successful outcome. Richard has submitted planning applications for us involving a conversion to a granny annex, replacement garaging and a new build home. He is very approachable and easy to communicate with, and responds to calls and emails very quickly. He and Jenny had to comprise a report for a planning application for us, which was comprehensive and with a successful outcome. Thank you Richard and his team we are very grateful.

Mr & Mrs Saunders, Bradenstoke

We have been very impressed with the professional and smooth approach taken by Richard and Vicky to secure full planning permission on our stable conversion after we had to re-apply for planning. We were doubtful about our chances of success due to the complexities involved and so approached Richard for help, as we had seen that he had worked successfully on the original planning application by previous owners. Richard and Vicky calmly and efficiently produced an application, with very little input needed from us, that was accepted with no conditions attached.

Mr Jon Stirland, Stype near Hungerford

I cannot thank Richard and his team enough for all there assistance in helping us gain planning permission for both residential and commercial projects. The whole process was carried out in a professional and straightforward manner.

Mr R Thomas, Winchester

Many thanks to Richard and Rachel for making what would have been a complex and daunting process into something where I hardly feel I lifted a finger. Helpful and professional throughout I received good, honest advice which combined with regular feedback on the process meant I felt well looked after throughout. All this led to a successful approval for something that could have otherwise been a real challenge given both a change of use and listed building status being involved. Will definitely use again if I have the need for their services in the future.

Mrs Reid, Wiltshire

I would thoroughly recommend RCC Town Planning Consultancy.

I recently instructed them with regard to what we thought would be a fairly straightforward equine planning application.

As things turned out, it became quite time-consuming and fiddly. Richard and his team took it all in their stride to a satisfactory conclusion. They are easy to deal with, efficient and knowledgeable in their field. I was very happy with the service they provided.

Ms Greenslade, Berkshire

Richard and his team at RCC Town Planning supported us to successfully appeal a refusal decision on our planning application. At this point we had submitted our application twice and the second time round we were still refused. Our application was unusual but we felt reasonable and needed an expert eye to help us appeal. Richard took the time to understand our proposal and was able to advise on what the best approach to our appeal would be. All correspondence was timely and Richard ensured we understood the process at every step. We felt reassured throughout that we chose the right team to support us and we are over the moon with the outcome. We would recommend RCC Town Planning to any who have planning issues or queries and would definitely appoint Richard and his team again.

Lucinda Fredericks, Little Cheverell

This is the second time I have hired Richard and the team at RCC Town Planning to manage an application for planning permission for my equine yard (www.lucindaferdericks.com). Richard was able to advise and highlight any possible issues before they might occur during the application process. Richard and Rachel were extremely professional and offered a cost effective process leading to a successful conclusion. I would highly recommend this company to you.

Mr P Vaughan, Launceston

Richard and the team at RCC town planning helped me to successfully secure a lawful development application for a log cabin. I had previously undertaken a pre-application that had been rejected by the council, which complicated the matter, but through their advice I was able to work around certain issues that the pre-application had thrown up. They kept me informed throughout the process, and were able to suggest options that ultimately ended with the application being granted. The team are friendly and approachable, and made what can be a confusing process straightforward and understandable. I would happily recommend their services.

Mr & Mrs Butler, Avebury Trusloe

Richard and Rachel provided excellent advice and steered us through a potentially difficult planning application as we are based in a World Heritage Site with a number of constraints. Rachel produced a very comprehensive application for us and helped us secure a successful outcome. They have many excellent contacts and we would have no hesitation in recommending or using RCC Town Planning Consultancy in the future.

Roy, Kate Parker and Thelma Gittins, Devizes

Richard and the team at RCC Town Planning were recommended to us for their expertise in navigating the planning procedure, and what could have been a complicated and frustrating process was made far simpler and quicker by employing their talents. They were friendly and professional throughout, and highlighted and dealt with any potential issues that arose with excellent communications and a knack for explaining perplexing issues in layman’s terms.

We would have no hesitation in recommending them for any planning issues.

Mr Peter Self, Whitehall Garden Centre

On behalf of the Self family, we would like to sincerely thank Richard and the RCC Town Planning team for their hard work and dedication in achieving being granted full permission by the Wiltshire strategic planning committee for the reordering and extension to our family run Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock (www.whitehallgardencentre.co.uk).

Our application was always going to be complicated with many historic, difficult and sensitive issues and being in a sensitive rural area, Richard carefully and expertly put together the planning application for which we received very little objection and a huge amount of support after our community and customer consultation events.

Following our initial Pre App meeting with the Local Planning officer, Richard coordinated the team of outsourced consultants required to report on the application and continued liaising with the Planning team and dealt with their enquiries promptly and kept the application flowing.

We cannot speak highly enough of the quality of service we have received from Richard and his team and would fully recommend their services.

Gary Dalton, Tenant farmer at Bushton Farm

At Bushton Farm we had a challenging planning proposal and Kevin Haines of Haines construction recommended RCC Town Planning Consultancy. We followed this recommendation and found Richard to have a great deal of knowledge and a positive attitude throughout the application. Our landlord was surprised at our result and commented “you must have engaged a very good planning advisor”. Richard was able to answer questions promptly. Also involved in this case was Max Seally of White Avon Consultancy in an agricultural capacity.

Mr & Mrs Coppin, Great Cheverell, Wiltshire

We would highly recommend using RCC Town Planning Consultancy. We originally had a very contemporary design in a rural setting and RCC were realistic about our chances as we were met with local opposition. Having taken the advice of Richard and his team, after Richard had had extensive communications with the planning officer, we withdrew the application and re-designed the proposal. Richard and his team understood the elements of the design with which we did not want to compromise and with their help in liaising with our architect we came up with a new design following the points that the planning officer made and as a result we made a successful application.

Without the input from RCC this would certainly not have been achieved and we are very thankful for all they did for us.

Mr & Mrs Dalby, Bromham, Wiltshire

We would highly recommend using the expertise of RCC Town Planning Consultancy when applying for planning consent. We had a difficult experience initially when dealing with the planning department but Richard and his team were able to guide us through the process resulting in a positive outcome, we will be using them again, many thanks.

J and M Bodman Ltd, Urchfont

Having used Richard Cosker in a previous planning application which led to a successful decision notice, we had no hesitation in seeking his expert help and advice on achieving planning permission for a second agricultural dwelling that was proving to be difficult.

His expert knowledge and tenacity helped guide us through the negotiations putting us in a strong position when faced with the minefield of questions and problems received from the planning officers.

Thanks to Richard and his team we are pleased to say we have now received planning to go ahead with this building which without his help was becoming doubtful.

The Butcher Family, All Cannings

The team at RCC gave clear and concise advice throughout the project. They were able to forward a very good scheme to the planning department complying with all relevant policies. Communication was very good for the entire length of proposals and discussions resulting in a good outcome.

Mr & Mrs Pearce, Great Cheverell, Wiltshire

Richard and his team have been very helpful in assisting us getting our agricultural workers dwelling planning application granted. He was able to advise and highlight any possible issues before they might occur during the application process. He kept us informed at all stages. Once again many thanks RCC Town Planning for all your hard work.

Helen Pinchen & Josh Dear, Woodborough

We have received excellent service from RCC Town Planning Consultancy, who recently worked with us on a planning application for a two storey extension.

Richard Cosker provided advice on realistic options and used his expertise to suggest a design solution which we had not previously considered. We are very pleased to have been granted the full permission. We would definitely use RCC again and would recommend them to friends and family.

Steve and Gill Foster, Collingbourne Kingston

Richard Cosker was recommended to us by our architect. Although we thought our project was viable, we felt there might be problems. Fortunately Richard’s persistence and professionalism meant that our application was eventually accepted. As amateurs, we would never have thought of some of the areas which should be covered in the information supporting an application or the in-depth knowledge of planning which Richard displayed. We were at all times kept informed of progress. His work was first rate.

David Dodd, Washwater, Berkshire

RCC Town Planning Consultancy have been very supportive in a situation where we were certain of an appeal being required. Although it has been a prolonged effort, Richard gained us the permission on our second attempt! We are over the moon that finally we can move forward with our vision for the house, Richards attention to detail and advice has been first class.

Steven Keen, Little Cheverell

We would not hesitate to recommend the services of RCC Town Planning Consultancy. The service provided is friendly and approachable yet highly professional, with the intricacies of the planning process explained simply yet informatively. Their service exceeded our expectations in terms of efficiency, professionalism and helpfulness.

Gary Weston BSc hons MIET C.Eng FMM, South Wraxall

Yet again RCC Town Planning have successfully helped me navigate the complex and difficult planning process. Their judgement and comprehensive knowledge were key to the project’s success. I could not have achieved this result on my own.

Mr & Mrs Benton, Bradenstoke

RCC Town Planning have successfully secured our planning permission for a complicated development site. We were in a difficult position having invested in this project and been let down by our partners. Richard Cosker gave us good advice, recommended other professionals that we needed and helped keep costs down. It was good to have someone that we could trust especially as we were slightly in the dark about the planning issues. We would highly recommend him and his team.

Mike & Graham Reeder, North Newnton Garage

We have been very impressed with the service provided by RCC Town Planning Consultancy. Richard Cosker giving us excellent advice based on his wealth of experience. We needed change of use from Commercial to Residential for our garage site. This was expected to be a difficult and time consuming process. However Richard and his team achieved the required permission in less than three months from being appointed as our agent. We therefore thoroughly recommend his consultancy.

Mr & Mrs Benton, Broad Town

Coming to the end of a residential conversion with the house on the market and under offer, the Council decided there were design issues contrary to the planning permission. We were under severe time pressure but Richard managed to speedily draw up a new application and also resolve an issue concerning a planning condition relating to a required bat roost. Happily the Council approved and the sale went through. Using someone with good contacts e.g. ecological consultants proved essential in the end.

M Wishart, Potterne

I would like to express my thanks at the efficient, effective, helpful and friendly way you and your team worked to secure my Certificate of Lawfulness, I am sure we would never have achieved this without your assistance. You carried out all aspect promptly and kept me informed at all times as to what was happening. You can be assured that I will highly recommend your services to anyone else in need of planning advice. Thank you.

Alred Magnus, Hurstglen Properties Ltd

We were very pleased we have been with the services of Richard Cosker of RCC Town Planning Consultancy. The company handled quickly and efficiently all details of our application to change the use of our office building into residential apartments. Any problems were quickly resolved and our application was submitted according to plan. The granting of permission was of PDR was successful a few days in advance of the statutory expected date. I have no hesitation in recommending RCC Town Planning Consultancy.

Gaiger Solar Ltd

On behalf of Gaiger Solar Ltd, we would like to thank RCC Town Planning for their work on the successful granting under delegated powers of planning permission for our 20MW solar farm in Trowbridge. This application was always going to be a difficult one due to being in a Greenbelt area, but RCC Town Planning carefully and expertly put together a planning application that received only one objection and many letters of support. Throughout the whole process RCC Town Planning kept us fully up to date with everything and kept to the timescales required in what has ended up being a time critical project. We cannot speak highly enough of the quality of service that we have received from RCC Town Planning, and would recommend their services to anyone.

Millside Stockinette Ltd, Honeystreet, Pewsey

After many years of disappointment working with various planning consultants we fortunately found RCC Town Planning Consultancy. With Richard Cosker’s expertise, knowledge and highly professional services a full planning permission was granted. This was a complicated application with many difficult and sensitive issues. Richard dealt with each stage promptly and we are extremely grateful for the friendly support and constant communication he provided. We highly recommend RCC and cannot thank Richard and his team enough.

Mr & Mrs Mills, Gentle Art Tattoo Studio, Chippenham

Richard and Victoria of RCC Town Planning Consultancy were a complete joy to work with, they offered a comprehensive service and talked through each stage in layman’s terms, which we believe is the key to explaining the many complex rules around planning, so we as clients were able to fully understand each stage of the process. In our case the change of use application for our business (www.gentlearttattoostudio.co.uk) was one of the more controversial applications and RCC were able to secure it for us. I would recommend anyone to use their service.

Mr & Mrs Royle, Easton, Devizes

We could not recommend Richard and his team highly enough. We found them wholly professional throughout the process of applying for planning permission for an outdoor arena at out new family home. With a large renovation project it was great to hand this particular section over to Richard and his team to deal with, they required no monitoring or chasing but kept us informed at all times. It was not entirely straightforward since we were looking for a larger than usual size arena, which was granted due to the super application. Thank you Richard and team, we love our new arena.

Lloyd Stephens, Tenanted Trade Director Wadworth & Co. Ltd

RCC Town Planning Consultancy has assisted Wadworth & Co. Ltd with a number of projects over the last twelve months. I have found his knowledge of Planning to be excellent providing invaluable advice, support and guidance through complicated and difficult issues.

The Planning process can be a long drawn out process. Richard has always maintained regular communication so that I am fully aware of the status of preliminary enquires and full applications. Richard has provided an all round service and has successfully negotiated with the Planners changes or amendments without compromising the final outcome.

David Tullie, Luckington Homes Ltd

The task of finding a good planning consultant can be the work of many years. The past experience Richard Cosker has gained from working within local authority has given the edge over many practices. I look for someone who can understand that I am seeking to maximise returns and lead me through what is a very complicated planning process. In my opinion RCC Town Planning Consultancy provides an outstanding quality service at a competitive price - David Tullie, Director Luckington Homes www.luckington-homes.co.uk

Graham Gaiger, Gaiger Brothers Ltd

We have employed RCC Town Planning Consultancy on a number of projects, including the conversion of a listed building into 13 flats recently. RCC Town Planning Consultancy gave us expert guidance through the planning system and were excellent at communicating with us as the process was running. They knew instinctively where we should stand our ground on issues and which ones we should negotiate on. In the end the right result was achieved will little fuss and a very satisfied client.

Mr & Mrs Tatham, Calstone

We found RCC Town Planning Consultancy provided a simple and effective service which allowed us to obtain planning permission for an extension to our house with no fuss or bother; well worth the very reasonable fees.

Mr & Mrs Allen, Potterne

We contacted Richard Cosker when we decided to apply for planning permission to build a house in our very large garden. Richard’s advice has been invaluable and his work has been highly professional throughout. Planning permission was granted without any problems and we are delighted with that outcome. We would thoroughly recommend Richard and his team at RCC Town Planning Consultancy.

DM, Wedhampton

Richard Cosker of RCC Town Planning provided advice which enabled me to obtain planning permission for an in-fill development in a conservation area. Richard’s judgement as to the process required to satisfy the demands of the planners when considering an application in such a sensitive area was critical and we would not have succeeded without him. I would not hesitate to use him again.

Mr & Mrs H, near Marlborough

We found RCC Town Planning Consultancy efficient, pro-active and good at communication; and that enabled us to achieve the planning permission we sought in the time originally indicated.

Mr & Dr Mauree, Boxford

Living in an AONB surrounded by Heritage Woodland, a Roman archaeological site and beautiful open views, obtaining planning permission for stables, a manege and extensions to our house was always going to be a challenge. The site had a history of refused applications and our first attempt at permission for a manege was refused. We contacted RCC Town Planning Consultancy for help. Richard Cosker came and visited us and immediately understood what we wanted to achieve and how to balance that with maintaining the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the planning policy of West Berkshire County Council. His advice was excellent and, throughout the subsequent planning applications he kept an open dialogue with ourselves and the planning officers, ensuring any questions were promptly answered and reassurances given. We received approval for all the planning applications we made. We are very grateful to Richard for his support and advice and strongly recommend his services.

Mr & Mrs Dicker, Devizes

After many unsuccessful attempts of trying to secure planning permission in our garden we approached the services of RCC Town Planning Consultancy. Richard and his team took care of everything for us and kept us informed throughout the whole process. We were extremely pleased to hear after 29 years Richard obtained our long waited permission. Thank you very much for all your professionalism and we will have no hesitation in recommending you.

Oram & Sons, Allington

Oram and Sons employed RCC Town Planning Consultancy to apply for planning permission for a New Dairy on a green field site at Allington Devizes. The proposed site was very controversial because we were seeking permission outside the village boundary. RCC were very professional on their approach to the council and after numerous consultations got pre-planning approval on the proposed site. RCC then put together an application for full planning permission which they submitted to Wiltshire Council, which caused quite a lot of interest from the local community. There were some very strong objections from immediate residents which did not make the application straight forward. RCC handled the situation very well by providing all the information the council required, i.e. surveys for odour, noise, highways etc.

Wiltshire Council then considered the application at the planning committee, which after various discussions was voted in favour by a majority vote.

We as a family would like to commend Richard and his team in the way they acted and approached this application which was not straight forward. They acted on a very professional and efficient level as they have on previous applications for us.

Mr & Mrs Stainer, Melksham

Richard Cosker’s experience was invaluable to us when we applied for planning permission to replace a derelict cottage with two new dwellings. Our application had been recommended for refusal by the planning officer, Richard represented us at the council planning meeting and his expertise and knowledge enabled our plans to be successful. We would not hesitate to avail ourselves of Richard’s services again and we would highly recommend him.

Oram & Sons, Allington

As clients of RCC Town Planning we were very pleased with the efficiency and expertise that Richard provided for our planning application for an agricultural workers dwelling. Building a new dwelling in the open countryside is not always successful but in our situation, with the services provided by RCC Town Planning we have been successful

Steve Oram, Sleight Valley Golf Range

Planning consent for the development of a golf driving range is always difficult to obtain. Richard Cosker’s professional and thorough approach from the start was second to none. He worked hard, beyond my expectations, to overcome the various problems that came to light. I would recommend RCC Town Planning Consultancy to anyone needing planning approval for any project.

Gary Weston BSc hons MIET C.Eng FMM

The success of our equestrian development planning application was helped enormously by RCC Town Planning. We found Richard Cosker provided good clear communication and added a lot of value to the project. I am happy to recommend RCC Town Planning to any one who needs help in navigating the complex planning rules

Martin Cockings - West Lavington, Wiltshire

We were recommended the services of RCC Town Planning Consultancy when we wanted to discuss the potential of achieving planning permission for an additional dwelling in the garden of a property we were selling. They advised us that, in our instance, submitting a pre application enquiry to Wiltshire Council would be the most appropriate first step before proceeding with a formal planning application. Richard took care of all of this for us and when we received a positive response to our pre-application enquiry we were able to ask Richard to proceed with the preparation and submission of a formal outline planning application. Again Richard took care of everything for us and kept us up to date with the progress of the application. We subsequently received the planning permission within 5 weeks of submitting the application. We were extremely pleased with the professional advice and friendly service provided by RCC Town Planning Consultancy.

John McDonald - Rein & Shine Livery and Riding School

When we first saw Buryhill Farm, we assumed that being an old dairy farm, the change to equestrian use would be a simple process. However, we thought we should conduct a proper investigation and contacted RCC Town Planning Consultancy. After a short time on site with Richard, given his considerable experience in these matters, it became apparent that this would be far from simple. Richard was very positive though, and he went about assembling a plan involving his considerable network of professionals and managed to create a pre-application and then final submission to the council which resulted in hitting our deadlines, and a response from the council with zero stipulations. 100% success. It would have been impossible to achieve without Richard’s help, and we thank him for getting our equestrian business www.reinandshine.co.uk off the ground and being open on the exact day we had planned

Dr Joanne Hopkins

RCC recently prepared a planning application for us to obtain outline permission on a new dwelling in Potterne. From the start of the process to the successful completion, the quality of the service provided by Richard Cosker was of the highest standard. Liaison with ourselves, as clients, and with the various experts was both friendly and highly professional throughout. Of particular note was Richard’s strong local knowledge as well as his numerous and well established contacts with the relevant specialists.

We have no hesitation in recommending RCC to provide highly professional and friendly planning expertise.

Colleen Knowles, Stockley

Richard Cosker came highly recommended to us as a very competent and personable individual whose planning knowledge was both informative and current with up to date county/national regulations. He guided us through the entire buying/developing process with ease and patience and was invaluable with his suggestions and insight for our new extension getting planning approval from Wiltshire Council. All his work was both efficient and very timely. I would wholeheartedly recommend RCC Town Planning Consultancy to anyone needing planning approval for a new home/project or extension.

John Kyte, Easterton

We were recommended to contact RCC Town Planning Consultancy when our planning application to building an annexe was refused by the Council. Richard provided open and honest advice on the best way forward and quickly lodged a planning appeal on our behalf. He ensured the best possible case was presented to the Planning Inspector and we were really pleased when the Council’s decision was overturned and our appeal allowed.

J & M Bodman Ltd, Urchfont

We have been very satisfied with the efficient and thorough way that our Planning Application was executed by Richard Cosker and are pleased with the subsequent successful Decision Notice.

Marcus Flynn, East Hanney

Richard Cosker was recommended to us to present our planning application. This was for a difficult scheme that had been refused on previous occasions and we needed expert advice and experience to proceed. The project was represented in all areas by Richard Cosker including the appeal, the service we received was excellent Richard has an in-depth knowledge of planning through his experience within council organisations; this insight is invaluable, as with his confidence in leading the appeal process which is a real test of planning law and skill. The conclusion was that we had our application granted this July. This would not have been possible if we hadn’t used RCC Town Planning Consultancy. The appeal process and exactly how to present our case was handled with absolute detail, and great professionalism. I can only say when entering into this practice of planning and seeking a successful outcome, we would choose an expert every time and that’s very much what we got. Were completely delighted with our planning application and the service was brilliant.

Pete Ferris

We contacted RCC Town Planning Consultancy after the Council’s enforcement officer had raised issues about our manege and hardstanding not having planning permission. Richard dealt with the matter on our behalf quickly and took care of all matters in applying for retrospective planning permission. It was a great relief when that retrospective permission was granted.

Jim Lloyd

After the years of waiting it was very gratifying that a successful result was achieved with such efficiency. We are very pleased to acknowledge the part that RCC Town Planning Consultancy played in that result

Chris Combe, Roundway Hill Farm

I was very happy with the advice and you took all of the hassle out of the planning process which ran smoothly and achieved the desired result

SH, Easton Royal

Richard Cosker was retained by us to sort out an application for change of use of our annexe. I am confident that if we had simply applied by ourselves, we would have been turned down, flat. Even when it looked like the permission was likely to be passed but with an extra piece of procedural paperwork, Richard was able to rebuff that challenge, saving us money. Taking all that into context, I think the service was very good – and the fee was worth the investment

James King, Uphill Farm, Urchfont

I would like to say that we were very pleased and impressed with the success of our planning application for an agricultural dwelling on our farm, I think the approach and attention to the specific details involved was just what was wanted, it was as though you were one of us and really wanted to succeed, and at the end of the day the cost was very reasonable, I shall be using your services again if needed in the future.