Services / Planning

LDA Design offers a full complement of planning services. We lead planning and DCO/NSIP consenting processes for all scales and types of development. Our planning services, and integrated environmental, design and delivery services, are the product of our involvement in comprehensive and innovative development work over the past 35 years and have proved very effective at securing consents and framing growth.

Our particular perspective enables a refreshing and positive approach to planning that combines the necessary professional rigour with effective engagement and the identification and optimisation of creative opportunities that address risk and deliver viable and sustainable development schemes.

Key Contacts

Colin Goodrum
Senior Board Director

Colin is Senior Board Director with over 30 years’ experience. He leads LDA Design’s Energy teams, working on renewable and nuclear energy projects, DCOs, ports and a wide range of other development projects, including large scale residential schemes. He is the practice’s most experienced Expert Witness and has given evidence to over 80 Inquiries. Colin established the practice’s EIA and Planning teams and his approach as a landscape architect to the complex environmental and design challenges of major projects is well proven, with many consented and built schemes throughout the UK.

Paul Connelly

Paul is a town planner with over 20 years’ professional experience. He leads LDA Design’s Planning team and is responsible for developing and delivering the company’s comprehensive Planning Offer. Paul is a highly regarded leader of complex development projects and his positive approach to planning and plan making has delivered strategies, consents and built schemes, often in sensitive environmental contexts, across a range of sectors including public and private regeneration, new communities, ports infrastructure and renewable energy.

Planning projects

Church Street masterplan, Westminster, secures approval

Church Street, Westminster

Swansea Tidal Lagoon


Mixed Use Development, Chivenor Cross, North Devon

Transforming Exeter

Hayle Harbour

Land West of Woodside Way, Great Dunmow

Land North of Gilden Way

St James Neighbourhood Plan

Redcliffe Neighbourhood Plan

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Plan

Welborne: a new settlement defined by the South Hampshire landscape

Urban Renaissance Yorkshire

Regenerating Coastal Towns


Growing Swindon

North Ely

Gateway Peterborough

Exeter Science Park

University of Cambridge New Museums Site

Strategic Environmental & Economic Investment Plan For Oxfordshire

Delivering Adaptation through Planning & Infrastructure Investment

Vine Farm Solar

Steeple Bumpstead

Sizewell C and Hinkley Point C

Shortlands Junction

Poortown Quarry

Ockendon Landfill Solar

North Killingholme

North Blyth

Navitus Bay OSWF

Mid Wales Link

Lincs Offshore Wind Farm


Ellough Solar

Cambs Minerals and Waste plan

Bramford to Twinstead

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

Bathside Bay Harwich and Port of Felixstowe

South Kyle Wind Farm

Today's Energy Policy Reset - LDA Design

Tallentire Wind Farm

North East Lincolnshire

Environmental Infrastructure Investment for North East Lincolnshire

Center Parcs

Cliveden Village

Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure Delivery for Whitehill & Bordon

Rookery South RFF

Rookery South RRF

Port of Dover