Wednesday 15 November 2006

A must have service for all your planning

Wicklow People article

Ever found it difficult to contact a planner? Town planners are in demand from councils and clients alike. Lack of qualified private planners based in the south-east, has led many individuals, groups, and developers, to depend on Dublin-based planning consultants, charging
Dublin fees. Not any more. Recognising this need for planning consultants, with the same planning qualifications and experience as those in Dublin, buck planning services (bps) has located its head office in Wicklow Town. From Wicklow bps will also serve Wexford, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Waterford, and the Greater Dublin Area.

As the first Corporate Member of the Irish Planning Institute to be located in the southeast, bps is well positioned to provide a one-stop-shop town planning support service. No more trips to Dublin for planning advice, feasibility studies, planning applications, objections, planning appeals, planning reports, plans, Development Plan submissions, Environmental Impact Studies, and Urban Designs for the full range of developments from housing, industrial, retail, commercial developments to wind farms. Just visit bps in Wicklow town or ask us to visit you.

Using the services of a professional planner to co-ordinate planning projects, from initiation to completion, provides a crucial link within the planning system, as it becomes more complex and professional. In recent years, the expectations of Council planners have risen and planning mistakes become costly. Developers now recognise the value of obtaining the services of a planner to manage their planning projects and to advocate on their behalf. If you have a planning opportunity, issue or problem, seek the advice of bps before going any further. bps works regularly with planners in all areas of local, regional and national government on behalf of our clients.

Tony Buck, Managing Partner of bps, said: “there is a growing demand from Council planners for high quality, mistake free, planning work. Providing such work requires the services of a planner. In the same way as if you need your accounts done, you hire a professional accountant; if you need planning work done, hire a professional planner”.

Identifying a professional planner is easy, just check any planning consultant you hire is, like bps, a Corporate Member of the Irish Planning Institute. This membership means your planner is both a qualified and experienced planner. Our message is: “If you want your planning work done properly, then hire a fully qualified, experienced, professional planner”.

To become a professional planner is hard work. Brendan Buck, Head of Planning, says: “To become a planner, I obtained a BA degree in economics, a two year full-time Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning, a Diploma in Urban Design and a Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment/Strategic Environmental Assessment, and since leaving university in the 1990s, I have worked as a planner for Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, RPS Planning Consultancy, and as Lecturer in Spatial Planning at Dublin Institute of Technology”.

Determined to raise the standard of private planning in the region, bps works closely with clients, ensuring every stage of the planning process is explained and understood. Where it is necessary to draw on specialist services such as designers, legal experts, environmental, archaeological, conservation, and heritage consultants, and engineers, bps works with a wide network of associated disciplines, and manage the planning process to ensure a client’s best interests are served.

Whatever the planning issue, bps can guide you through the planning process from start to finish. Approach bps for an initial consultation on how to best present and achieve your planning objective, in the most streamlined and cost effective manner. By providing advice at the outset of projects and anticipating difficulties, we can minimise the time from conception to realisation.

Find out more about bps at, email:, or call 0404-66060 and ask for Tony (Managing Partner) or Brendan (Head of Planning).

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