Our sole aim is to apply our unique expertise in planning, architecture and development to provide you with the highest quality service, delivering best value at every stage. Our approach to commencing any development project is the same – to understand what you want to achieve then spot the angles to allow you to get it. Combined with our technical skillset allowing us to consider the whole picture in house, that has led to a reputation for achieving significant results, often where others have failed.

Whether it’s planning permission, option agreements, strategic land promotion, enforcement advice or architectural drawings, our Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) qualified and experienced professionals will deliver solutions bespoke for you.

Our team are involved in projects of all scales, from single house extensions to thousands of houses and significant commercial projects. Our track record speaks for itself across all types of development property; ranging from residential and commercial development land and self-build projects to specialist properties such as listed buildings, care homes, education, health care and community buildings.

Our RICS regulated development team have the knowledge and expertise to offer a wide range of services including:

Local Plan Promotion - our expertise comes from an understanding of what the council need to allocate your land, alongside what developers want to know to deliver best value. Few can claim our level of knowledge of both sides but we see it as essential for development sites to fulfil their true potential.

Planning Applications and Appeals - good planning consultancy is about more than policy. There is always an angle. We pride ourselves in finding it and pursuing it relentlessly.

Specialist Planning Consultancy - often the best route to getting what you want is to not submit a planning application, our intimate knowledge of the planning system allows us to use it to your advantage.

Our architectural team bring a wealth of expertise and experience to every project. Good design needs to deliver what the client wants out of a building. We take time understanding that at the start of the project, collecting your ideas, stress testing them and producing something which exceeds the brief.

Utilising our team of architects and technologists we bring the right skills to every stage of every job. Seamless integration of design with out planning and development teams makes the process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Our team of development surveyors are true specialists. We live and breathe development property from feasibility through to completion. We thrive on the complexity that others fear, using our confident understanding to deliver the best value to clients' projects.

For all enquiries please call 0333 920 2220.



Richard Garland
Managing Partner
0333 920 2220 Ext 2247 / 07738 196051

Our Planning Services

  • Planning Appraisals and Pre-Application Advice
  • Permitted Development Assessment and Prior Notification
  • Planning Applications and Appeals
  • Enforcement
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Strategic Planning and Land Promotion

Our Architectural Services

  • Architectural Project Management
  • Residential - One-off houses and small scale residential extensions/alterations
  • Commercial & Retail Projects
  • Community, Recreation & Educational Projects
  • Masterplanning/Feasibility Studies
  • Heritage & Listed Buildings
  • Architectural Visualisation

Our Development Services

  • Development Agency
  • Option Agreements, Planning Promotion Agreements and Joint Venture Agreements
  • Development Valuations
  • Feasibility Appraisals and Viability Appraisals
  • Restrictive Covenant,Overage and Title Reviews
  • Mines and Minerals Negotiations
  • Dispute Resolution, Expert Witness and Expert Determination

Our Team

With the firm for over 15 years Richard excels in the delivery of value through the planning system. He has considerable national experience of Option Agreements and Planning Promotion Agreements as well as Site Assembly (equalisation) and large planning applications as well as a reputation as a robust and competent negotiator.
Richard Garland

Richard Garland Managing Partner

0333 920 2220 Ext 2247 / 07738 196051

Over 25 years’ experience in planning within both the private and public sector Stephanie offers a full range of services from initial feasibility assessments to the preparation of complex planning applications, appeals as well as representations for emerging development plans and participating in local plan examinations.
Stephanie Linnell

Stephanie Linnell Partner

0333 920 2220 Ext 2261 / 07702 201401

Rhys is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer who works within the Development team from our Newcastle office. He is experienced in both the sale and acquisition of development sites between landowners and regional/national developers. Rhys is involved in the provision of professional valuations on development properties for a range of purposes including lending and tax as well as providing development appraisals and financial viability of sites.
Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones Partner

0333 920 2220 Ext 2262 / 07776 683265

David is an architect who has worked for several practices in Nottinghamshire, Glasgow and Melbourne with project experience spanning Hospitals in the North East to Deep Underground Railway Stations in the Middle East, with a broad spectrum of building types in between. Recent built works include an innovative building for experimentation and research at Newcastle University for the HBBE, a Hotel and Restaurant complex set in amongst Listed Buildings in Whitby, North Yorkshire and a campus of Office buildings within a landscaped masterplan at Newcastle Airport.
David Davies

David Davies Partner

0333 920 2220 Ext 2291 / 07989 579403

Hannah is a chartered planner based in our Newcastle office. She has a range of experience including initial feasibility appraisals and the preparation and management of a wide variety of planning applications from Class Q to major planning applications. Hannah has worked on commercial, residential and renewable energy development projects.
Hannah Wafer

Hannah Wafer Associate

0333 920 2220 Ext 2224 / 07808 773162

Mark has a wide range of experience from seeking consent for large infrastructure, housing and commercial projects to securing planning permission for a brewery operated by Trappist Monks. Most recently Mark was the lead planning consultant working on the Global Centre for Wales Excellence (GCRE) project in South Wales; alongside his work to deliver residential housing schemes for national and regional housebuilders.
Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy Associate Planning Consultant

0333 920 2220 Ext 2240 / 07586 128040

Peter is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architect and Conservation Architect with 20 years of experience across a wide range of sectors, including residential, conservation and industrial projects. Educated at Dundee University, Peter subsequently took posts in Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne. Latterly, Peter has become more focused on works to historic buildings, becoming qualified as a RIBA Conservation Architect and working on a range of listed buildings within the region.
Peter Elder

Peter Elder Senior Associate

0333 920 2220 Ext 4214 / 07823 402935

Alan is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and has been working in the architectural field for more than 15 years. He has a focus on design, urban design as part of achieving technical building solutions. His experience spans varied project sectors and scales with a firm footing (award winning) volume residential schemes. Based in Leeds office he is part of our development team delivering projects from feasibility through to planning, construction and completion. Alan has been with George F. White since 2019.
Alan Porter

Alan Porter Associate

0333 920 2220 Ext 4205 / 07912 274430

Zoe works within the Development team from our Newcastle office providing assistance to the Chartered Surveyors and Planning Consultants on a wide range of projects.
Zoe Davies

Zoe Davies Graduate Planning and Development Surveyor

0333 920 2220 Ext 2282 / 07702 202766

Laura works in the Newcastle office supporting the planning team. She helps to provide initial planning advice, monitor ongoing applications and produce supporting statements.
Laura Bullen

Laura Bullen Graduate Planning Consultant

0333 920 2220 Ext 2257 | 07968 059518

Amanda provides administrative and secretarial support to the Development team across Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.
Amanda Devereux

Amanda Devereux Team Assistant - Development

0333 920 2220 Ext 2226



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