GM Planning

a fresh approach to development planning

Welcome to GM Planning Consultancy

Based in Lincolnshire GM Planning Consultants provides a planning service to householders, landowners, developers and local authorities across the Northeast and UK, covering urban and rural planning issues. I have significant experience of the planning system, having worked in local government and the private sector, and have been involved all manner of sites and buildings, combining my knowledge of national planning policy and project management skills to achieve client aspirations.
I have particular expertise in undertaking development appraisals, managing planning applications, and providing building conservation advice. I am a dedicated professional who is committed to providing a personal quality service. I adopt a creative approach to projects, establishing an appropriate strategy based on the ambitions of the client and the planning context.


October 2018
I was given Gill’s name by a local estate agent. I tried to obtain planning permission 4 times over a period of 18 years. I was always unsuccessful, until Gill came onboard. We were granted planning permission this week.
Gill clearly has a wealth of knowledge and experience and she used this when dealing with the Torridge District Council and the Highway Officer. She listens to your concerns and reassures you when the going gets tough. She can help you through the process and advise you on the best way to obtain planning permission. She offers a full package and can offer you the services of a very competent architect.
I would not hesitate to recommend Gill. Many thanks Gill it was a pleasure working with you.


October 2018
Gill is a fantastic planning officer I honestly wouldn’t use anyone else she is patient hard-working and extremely reliable and always responds to my emails even when I send lots.
I honestly cannot recommend Gill highly enough

Ben and Jody

April 2017
Such a professional - our planning application was dealt with by Gill in a prompt and efficient manner. She covered everything, sorted any problems. She took away the stress and worry, listened to my grumbling always with a sense of humour. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

And it's all true!!!

Thank you Gill.
Sally and Charlie Kelly

April 2017
Dear Gill,
Thank you for all your help and advice during the planning process. Your experience and professional approach was reassuring throughout, and no one that I have spoken to before or since has had your depth of knowledge and immediate grasp of the planning issues involved. This professionalism made it a lot easier for me not to interfere!, as I could relax knowing the matter was in safe hands. Thank you also for your recommendations for other specialist services we needed - all of which turned out to excellent choices.

I certainly will not hesitate for a moment in recommending your services to others and using GM Planning again ourselves.

Kind regards,
Mark (Langley)

July 2016
I used GM Planning to obtain planning permission for both building sites and a barn conversation. Gill talked me through the process for both applications thoroughly, pointing out any potential issues, explained the costs involved and worked closely with Torridge Council to ensure that both applications were passed successfully. Gill is an expert in her field and has extensive knowledge of local planning issues and guidelines. She worked methodically on both projects and could recommend the services of architects, surveyors, engineers etc, all of whom provided excellent services. I would not hesitate to recommend her services.

Jill Evans

July 2016
We were very pleased to recently welcome Gill Makin back to see our finished barn conversion in North Devon. Gill was instrumental in obtaining full residential planning permission on our redundant and very dilapidated farm buildings.

We knew it would be a challenge to get full residential permission. Gill was recommended to us and she was so helpful in identifying the key issues, positive and negative, and putting together the various submissions. She was determined that we identified every possible reason why the development should be permitted and defeat, in advance, every possible reason why it would be turned down.

It was a very harmonious and professional collaboration with Gill and we were delighted that our application was accepted at the first attempt.

We would unhesitatingly recommend her services.

Mick and Anne Caulkin

July 2016

Dear Gill
We would like to say a big thank you for all your hard work in obtaining our planning permission. It has been a most challenging and frustrating process but, throughout, your experience and knowledge of the planning system has helped us get through this minefield and arrive to a very successful conclusion.

Kind regards
Gabriela and Paul

July 2016
Gill came highly recommended to us by a local estate agent that I had contacted to get a valuation for probate.

We met Gill at a difficult time for our family but I knew immediately that she was approachable and very knowledgeable and felt that I could trust her to deal on my family's behalf with the application for outline planning. She was confident from the start that we would be successful and assured us at the initial meeting that she would not advise us to submit an application if she did not think we would be successful.

When I read the application forms she had completed I was so impressed and knew that I could never have submitted such detailed forms myself.

During subsequent conversations with estate agents and solicitors I always felt that other professionals hold Gill in high regard.

When the application was refused we were all so shocked, no one more than Gill, but she encouraged us to appeal and was so confident she offered a no win, no fee basis for the appeal. Gill was so efficient every step of the way, she attended the site visit with the inspector and answered all questions without hesitation.

We were thrilled to learn our appeal has been successful and can't thank Gill enough for all her hard work. Because of her knowledge, experience and friendly manner I would have no hesitation in recommending Gill to others.

Sharon Baker

Following a very unexpected visit from a Torridge District Council Enforcement Officer we were informed that our recently built oak framed garage, fully compliant with Building Regulations, also needed Planning Permission.

A phone call and a visit from Gill quickly settled our worst fears and now, through her good offices, we have received Retrospective Planning Permission.

We would have no hesitation in using Gill's services in the future should the need arise nor in recommending her to others.

Mike & Frances Elkerton

I was given Gills details after getting some very poor advice from another consultant and I must say that the difference was like night and day. Gill not only gave great advice but she also came up with more than one option for us to consider. We found gill very easy to talk to and very informative about planning regulation,she is always available and happy to talk about any and everything that's on your mind and is actually happy to do so. Sometimes its hard to find somebody that you can actually work with especially with planning as its very stressful and very personal, I must say Gill is very easy to work with and I would highly recommend her services for your planning needs.
Danny Wilders
Brendon Fields

Dear Gill,
We were very pleased with the service you provided for the
planning application of the proposed Bungalow to be built
at Badgers Rest Chilsworthy. Your company was very helpful 
at all stages and gave expert advice on our application.
We would have no hesitation in using your company again
and would also recommend you to our friends.

Yours sincerely
Sandra and Tony Fellows

“ Although we found Gill mainly by chance trying to find somebody who could take our ambition to develop redundant barns to residential, we are delighted to recommend her for the enthusiastic and professional way in which she advised us and progressed the application with Mid Devon Council through to a positive outcome.”
Steve & Kathy Barnard

Having been unsuccessful in trying to obtain planning permission and getting lost in the terminology and planning laws, I was advised by a local planning consultancy firm to contact Gill.
Gill is a professional in her field, her expertise and knowledge has helped me achieve two successful planning applications. With Gill’s continuing support I am now aiming to submit a third planning application in achieving my desired goal. I know that I would never have gotten this far without Gill’s ongoing help. Gill has always been approachable in listening to my ideas, and will discuss how these fit in with the planning laws in order to take things forward.
I have known Gill for the past two years and have always been completely satisfied with the professional service that she has given. I cannot thank her enough for all her support and her continuing friendship that has now developed though working together.
I would not hesitate in recommending Gill to anyone who is looking to embark on any planning or development project.
Thank you for everything Gill.
Sue (North Devon)

Dear Gill
I just wanted to thank you for all your help and advice over the past year with regard to the solar farm (and turbine) planning applications. Without your help, I do not think we would have been successful in fighting the solar farm application at West Venn, and I feel much more confidant fighting the turbine project. At first, we thought that our fight was futile, but even so, you gave us some hope and a plan of action for us to focus on. With your inside knowledge of how the planning application works at Torridge, you were able to advise on the right course of action, without costing us a fortune. You gave exactly the right balance of advice and help, yet allowed me to do the donkey work in order to keep costs down.

I would certainly highly recommend your services to anyone finding themselves in such a difficult situation. In our case, you have certainly delivered the best service we could had had, particularly as there were occasions where I wondered if there was any point carrying on Your cheerful and friendly disposition helped keep me sane though all those months of uncertainty.

Many thanks indeed Gill for all your hard work and prompt communication. No doubt we will be calling on your services again should the solar farm developers decide to appeal.

Best regards
Heather Blease and Family

During the latter part of 2013 and the early part of 2014, I engaged Gill Makin of GM Planning as a consultant for a planning application concerning Holcombe Park, Holcombe, Dawlish. The details of the application can be found on the Teignbridge District Council website. The application was such that it required an in-depth knowledge of planning law and local authority responsibilities and necessitated protracted meetings and discussions with a wide variety of interested parties. Gill deployed her wealth of experience and knowledge in bringing the application to a successful conclusion, and did so with a high degree of professionalism and charm. She was a pleasure to work with, always being proactive in identifying the critical path of activities needing to be accomplished and always adhering to agreed schedules and timelines. The planning statement that she produced needed to be, and was, comprehensive. Gill is a highly capable professional who I would have no hesitation in re-engaging for further planning matters and whom I have no hesitation in recommending. Should you wish to discuss the contents of this letter then feel free to contact me via ‘’ whereby we can arrange a telephone conversation, or write to me at the above address.

Christopher Cole M.Sc(Econ)

We contacted Gill after our planning application had been submitted by our architect and subsequently altered by Torridge Planning we were not satisfied with plans as approved. Gill managed to obtain a ‘no fee’ re-application and with due diligence obtained permission with our original plans. We were surprised and delighted.

Well done Gill
Walter &Wendy Chapman

Hi Gill
Thank you so much for all your hard work and supporting us with our planning ambitions. We are still looking to embark on our stage three application in the not to distance future, and would love it if you would still be happy to fight our corner again. Take care
Sue and Tasha x

I was recommended Gill Makin as a planning consultant by my local parish council. I first contacted Gill back in 2011.
Right from our first meeting she was very up front, direct and honest about what would be possible and what the council would refuse, we had a meeting with all the family and we talked through our options, We decided on building a disabled annex, for my parents, in the footprint of our garage which was not fit for purpose anymore.
Gill gave us the name and number of an architect and we were on our way. Through every step of the way Gill was with us, always on the end of the phone if we had any questions or queries, to keep us updated or just for a chat.
The whole planning process was very daunting but we didn’t have to worry about that as Gill took care of all the paperwork and case file. When it came to the day of the planning application going to committee, Gill was there with us, speaking to the panel and fighting our corner as the council planner had recommended refusal. It went through and we couldn’t have been happier.
Myself and my family cannot thank Gill enough for everything that she has done for us. We will stay in touch and we wish her all the very best for the future.
Katie Bernstone

As laypersons confronted with a jungle of planning 'jargon' - GM Planning’s skills and knowledge gave us clarity and direction through all stages of our planning application, thus enabling us to achieve our successful outcome. With great excitement and 'gusto' despite the bad weather, we start work on our project July 2012. Thank you Gill.
Nigel and Toni-Louise Newell. Higher Huddisford Woolsery

I have known Gill for several years on a professional basis. Planning advice is rarely black or white and Gill has always looked to provide honest and realistic advice to customers.
Lisa Skinner BSc(Hons) MA DipMgt(Distinction) MRTPI

Gill - We were pleased to have your advice and support during our planning application and especially the subsequent appeal. Your efficiency and professionalism was a constant reassurance during a difficult and stressful time. Your initial confidence about the outcome kept us going and proved to be well judged in the final success of the appeal.
We, of course, are very delighted - thank you.
Carole and Roy Smeeth
Canal Cottage - Chilsworthy