Success is all in the planning

Smith Jenkins Town Planning of Milton Keynes has seen significant growth since it was established in 2012.

The company, which specialises in securing planning permissions for development projects across the UK, was set up by Jennifer Smith. Co-director Nick Jenkins joined later and now Smith Jenkins has grown to a team of ten people based in Milton Keynes, and a turnover in excess of £650,000.

The team has significant combined experience, covering a broad range of town planning matters across key sectors, including residential, employment, retail, leisure, hotels, mixed use developments, and strategic site promotion.

Jennifer started the business when faced with redundancy from a national planning business. 

“I was on maternity leave with my third child and faced being made redundant from my role,” reveals Jennifer. “I decided to establish my own business with one client who wanted to work with me. I started running the business from home around my family. My intention was to create a business which puts clients first while creating a flexible environment in which to work.”

In just two years, the company opened its first office in Stony Stratford before moving to its current base in Wolverton Mill in 2018. 

Jennifer puts the company’s success down to the way it tailors planning solutions to each client’s needs and ‘provides a cost-effective and responsive approach to instructions’.

“Our planning consultancy services are designed to lead our clients through the complexities of the development process,” she says. “Our work typically involves the project management of planning applications and planning appeals, and the promotion of land through the plan making process.

“We identify the key issues at the outset, developing a solid planning strategy early on, which ensures savings on cost and time, whilst helping to manage project risks and enhance value. We deliver the best value when we are involved from the outset of a project.”

Smith Jenkins can help businesses to get the planning permissions they want and need, covering everything from the beginning of the development process. The company has access to an extensive network of surveyors, architects and specialist consultants and brings together a project team depending on the nature of each project and the client’s requirements.

Location of the project also comes into play as the company manages planning projects all over the UK. 

“Hiring a planning consultant is becoming more important to the building process as achieving a planning permission has become a lot more complicated, with multiple changes to government policy,” says Jennifer. “We act nationwide and many of our planning projects are within London and the Home Counties. We are also currently working on projects in Somerset, Kent, Suffolk, the West Midlands and Yorkshire, as well as more locally in MK, South Northants and Bedfordshire.”

Local clients include The Parks Trust, Red Bull Racing and MK Dons, and the company is keen to work with more local firms.

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