Celebrating 60 years of innovation in planning


The pre-eminent planning and development consultancy in the UK

Town planning was a very new discipline when Nathaniel Lichfield set the company up in 1962. He was a pioneering economist and town planner, and the business was soon advising government, local authorities, and private clients on some of the country’s most significant projects - from new towns and airports, to the country’s first regional shopping centre, and the world’s most famous stadium.
These days, our planning and development specialists offer insight, innovative thinking and expert advice to create great places for future generations.
No-one is better at coming up with new ideas, and new ways to plan and manage the country’s biggest development projects. We’re always looking for a better way – for every client, and for every project. It’s what we do. And what makes us stand out.
With over two hundred people operating from nine offices across the UK, we combine local contacts with the know-how to deal with every kind of project, large or small.
We’re delighted to launch a year of celebrations as we reflect on 60 years of working hard to service the needs of our clients. We will be focussing on staff wellbeing during the year while we grow the business and maintain our professional service levels for which we are well respected.

James Fennell, Chief Executive

60 years of innovation in planning

Publishing market intelligence

We have always been at the forefront of market analysis and we track government policy and legislation so we can give fresh insight to our clients. Our Think Tank is a catalyst for industry-leading thinking on planning and development.

Sharing our knowledge

Lichfields is a leading voice in the planning and development industry, and no-one is better connected across the sector. We work closely with government and leading business and property organisations, sharing our knowledge and helping to shape planning policy for the future.

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