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Stephen Hinsley Planning

Town Planning Consultants

"Do not try to make circumstances fit your plans. Make plans that fit the circumstances." - George S. Patton

About Us

Stephen Hinsley Planning is a town planning consultancy involved in a wide range of residential and commercial developments. Based in north Kent our projects cover London, the South East, Midlands and East Anglia. Set up in 2018 by Steve Hinsley, the practice specialises in planning applications, planning appeals, local plan representations, large development promotions and planning appraisals. The ethos of the company is to give sound, practical and pragmatic advice to all clients irrespective of the size of the project. Built largely upon recommendations, our client base is varied and includes national housebuilders, private developers, housing associations and private individuals.

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Steve Hinsley began his career in local government in 1974, working first in Norfolk and then with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London. He went on to work for the London Docklands Development Corporation before joining the private sector as a director with a leading planning consultancy in the south east in 1989.

Specialising in housing and affordable housing, Steve is an adept expert planning witness at public inquiries, having been involved in several notable cases over the years and working with some of the best planning Counsel.

Steve has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1985.

Case Studies


Planning permission was recently granted for 63 flats in the centre of Banbury on a brownfield site key to the regeneration of the canalside area of the town, the innovative design by Thrive Architects drawing on the influence of Dutch canalside development.

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Cleeve Prior

Recommended for refusal by officers, we managed to persuade a planning committee to unanimously resolve to grant outline planning permission for 80 dwellings on a difficult and problematic brownfield site in a West Midlands village. Thrive Architects provided the design input for this application.

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Planning permission was granted for change of use from residential, with significant additions, to provide a faith school in LB Hackney. Designed by John Stebbing Architects, the scheme provides a number of sympathetic extensions to this Victorian house providing much needed accommodation for this school.

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1935_photo02 Amhurst Park - as proposed.

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Case Studies



"John Stebbing Architects Ltd have been working with Steve Hinsley since 2017 and in that time, we have found him to be highly proficient in planning law and technical policy matters, as well as being an extremely effective and tenacious negotiator. Through his years of practice Steve has clearly become well connected and, when required, he can call upon even more specialist and legal expertise during public enquiries and social housing viability negotiations. In the dull world of planning, Steve has continued to surprise us with his can-do attitude and successful outcomes!"

Tom Stebbing, Architect

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