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Solicitors in Essex, Colchester, Chelmsford, London – Fisher Jones Greenwood
Petal Services for business

Our commercial solicitors are able to offer legal advice over a wide range of corporate and commercial areas and issues. From our network of offices across Essex and London we are able to help organisations of all sizes and industries; while always making sure we put the client first.

Planning Consultancy

We offer a comprehensive planning consultancy service alongside our other commercial property legal services. Whether it is site appraisals, application enquiries, applications, representation at meetings, or planning enforcement matters, we are able to help.

Our Planning and Enforcement Manager Sharon Smith has over 25 years of experience and expertise. Sharon also has considerable knowledge of working for commercial developers, businesses, local authority clients, architects, surveyors, as well as action or resident groups.


  • Development site appraisals.
  • Local plan representation as well as site promotion.
  • Pre-application enquiries.
  • Attendance at parish & town council meetings and also planning committees.
  • Preparation and submission of planning applications: including listed buildings, changes of use as well as prior notification applications.
  • Planning conditions, legal agreements, and community infrastructure levy (CIL).
  • Preparation and also submission of all types of planning appeals: including representation at planning hearings or even at inquiries.
  • Planning enforcement matters: including liaising with the relevant local authority and preparing and submitting enforcement appeals, with representation at hearings or inquiries.
  • Preparation and submitting of lawful development applications (proposed and existing development or uses): including preparation of statutory declarations.
  • Expert witness statements.

If you think we could help with any planning issue or query you have, or even if you would like more information on any of our planning services – please get in touch with our team today on 01206 835236 or email [email protected].

If you would like more information on all our other commercial property services, please click here.

Free 15-minute appointment

Our Planning and Enforcement Manager, Sharon offers a free 15-minute initial consultation to help you scope your project and discuss how FJG’s planning consultancy could help you. These appointments are virtual; they can be booked as a telephone call, or video call using one of the following platforms – FaceTime, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, or Zoom. To book an initial planning consultation – call 01206 835236 or email [email protected].

Sir Issac's Artisan Coffee Ltd

“A client wanted to expand their business and open a coffee shop after success in running their coffee stall in Colchester. Sharon Smith was able to successfully help this enterprising business by submitting a planning application for change of business use. Read more to learn about the case study and the thoughts of the client.”

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Shoulder of Mutton

“After the sale of his company in 2016, Jon needed a project to keep him busy, after a break of around two years, he stumbled across an unloved property just outside Colchester. The property was the Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham, Colchester, and the project was to convert it from the existing public house to a Vintage Tea Room with Antiques Centre. Sharon Smith assisted in this process. Download the full case study to find out more.”

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Town Greens Farm

“Our Planning expert, Sharon helped a commercial client succeed in acquiring a change of use planning application for their existing barn and planning permission for new structures on their property. To learn more about this successful case study and our “highly professional, experienced and knowledgeable” Sharon Smith, please follow the link below.”

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