Class Q is an independent planning and architecture consultancy based in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We offer a bespoke consultancy service to landowners seeking to secure planning permission for developments large and small. Whether your site is located in an urban or rural location, our expert planning consultants and architects work closely with you to achieve your desired outcome. Our planners and project managers oversee the end-to-end planning process and work with your local authority so that you don't have to lift a finger.
If you’ve ever thought about farm diversification, you may have wondered whether planning permission presents a viable means of adding value to your assets.
The planning Eligibility Checker from Class Q allows you to assess the development potential of your land and buildings within minutes.
Simply by providing the location of your site and by answering a few basic questions, Class Q’s Eligibility Checker assesses land and buildings against national policy constraints, land designations, permitted development legislation and more.
Not only is feedback instant, but the service is completely free; you can get started here.
Whilst the service is fully automated, Class Q also has a team of expert planning consultants who are available to assist with more complicated, site-specific queries.
Get in contact to arrange a free, no-obligation site appraisal.
Class Q are based in Stamford, Lincolnshire and cover the majority of the country offering high-quality planning, architectural and project management services.
Navigating the planning system requires a sound understanding of a variety of competing factors, ensuring these are applied expertly to reach a favourable outcome.
Class Q provides professional and meaningful advice in order to tackle challenging planning issues and deliver value.
How does the process work?
The first step is to enter into a land promotion agreement setting out the terms of the proposed development on your land.
Class Q then fund and manage the entire planning process. If planning permission is not obtained by a certain date, you are released from the agreement having spent nothing.
If planning permission is granted, Class Q secure a buyer for you. Only once the development site is sold and you are in receipt of funds is a minority percentage paid to the promoter.
This approach is aimed at eliminating any risk to the landowner whilst ensuring that all parties are aligned in securing the best result and maximising value.
In addition to land promotion, Class Q, as their name suggests, are experts in agricultural to residential permitted development, having secured prior approval on countless barns.
Local authorities can be resistant to Class Q Permitted Development and so it is vital that your buildings are assessed by a professional.
Here is what some of Class Q’s clients say about them:
“Fantastic team with such a vast experience and positive attitude to get the best result for you. Delivered PD rights on my farm under extreme negative pressure from the local council. Highly recommend.”
“The professional approach of the team at Class Q helped us secure planning for a luxury barn conversion project.”
“The professionalism and support/advice throughout was outstanding, I would thoroughly recommend the team to anybody. Having been unsuccessful on previous applications the company are clearly capable of meeting anybody’s planning objectives in a logical and efficient manner.”
“These guys worked tirelessly to get planning permission on my field, even though it was complicated by COVID restrictions and other issues. They were great at calling and emailing to keep me updated and explaining all the ins and outs, and they have been really flexible. I’d really recommend this company who have a friendly, personal approach and who managed to make the whole thing a lot easier and less stressful than it would have been without them.”
“Achieved great success with Class Q Ltd with their total dedication to a difficult case. Class Q really know their stuff and were absolutely relentless, reactive and 100% responsive in pursuit of a positive outcome. I cannot speak highly enough of their knowledge, attitude, and determination to succeed. PD rights delivered for a cracking luxury barn conversion.”
With a heavy focus on technology, Class Q are striving to modernise and simplify the planning process. So far, Class Q boast a 95% success rate with planning applications.
By investing in the country’s leading software services, Class Q have streamlined the due diligence process and, as a result, are equipped to deliver definitive feedback to landowners quicker than ever before.
The Class Q team are unrelenting in their pursuit of planning permission. They boast several successful case studies demonstrating that just because a planning officer says ‘no, thank you’, it’s not over until it’s over.
- Application for conversion of barns approved despite repeated requests for withdrawal
- Application for prior approval approved two months following refusal of the same proposal
- Class Q secures consent for conversion of Dutch barn to 4 homes in Grade II Listed Shortgrove Park
- Class Q secures consent for Rutland’s largest ever residential permitted development scheme
- Class Q obtain prior approval for conversion of cattle shed in Swannington despite 13 objections