We provide a wide range of services covering all planning and highway related matters, including: planning objections, planning applications, planning appeals, the Local Plan process, Enforcement matters, and advising on Permitted Development Rights. 

Objecting to a planning application or a proposed land allocation

IOP Consulting understands how important your home and your local area is to you. IOP Consulting understands how upsetting and unsettling it can be when a planning application is submitted for development in your area or when a Local Authority proposes to allocate land for a use that you consider to be inappropriate. Charlotte McKay of IOP Consulting is therefore here to assist you every step of the way in objecting to any planning application or land allocation.

It is imperative to remember that the Planning Authority can only take in to account planning reasons as to why planning permission should be refused. These are very specific reasons and Charlotte McKay of IOP Consulting is able to advice you on this.

The Planning system can seem very complicated and overwhelming. Charlotte McKay of IOP Consulting specialises in guiding you through the planning system and will provide you with the strongest possible objection to any inappropriate development.

The Government is committed to Localism and ensuring that the views of locals on proposed development are taken in to consideration. However, without professional assistance the planning system can be complex. Call IOP Consulting to advice you through the process.

From the moment you contact IOP Consulting you will be in safe hands. IOP Consulting will explain the planning system to you in brief and explain how we can best present your objection. IOP Consulting will then produce a draft objection for your consideration. Once you are happy with the objection it will be submitted to the Local Authority with IOP Consulting acting as your agent. A site visit can also be carried out if you believe that this will be beneficial, however, this is often unnecessary given the technology available to us. IOP Consulting will then keep up to date with the application and will be constantly updating you on the progress of the application at no extra cost to you.

In the event that the matter proceeds through the planning appeals system or the Public Examination process IOP Consulting can also guide you through the system and can submit objections direct to the Planning Inspectorate/Secretary of State on your behalf. IOP Consulting can also assist with any Hearing or a Public Inquiry.

If you are facing an inappropriate land allocation it is important to remember that it is best to act as soon as possible. 

Therefore, let IOP Consulting assist you in guiding you through the planning system so that you can say “NO” to any inappropriate development in the strongest terms.


IOP Consulting is a Planning Law firm run by Charlotte McKay who is an independent Planning Lawyer. IOP Consulting is based in West Yorkshire however we advise clients across England.

IOP Consulting provides a wide range of services covering all planning and highway related matters. In particular we provide assistance with: planning objections; planning applications; planning appeals; the Local Plan process; Enforcement matters; and advising on Permitted Development Rights.

  • Are you wanting to object to an application for planning permission which has been submitted?
  • Are you wanting to comment on a site which is being allocated through the LDF/Local Plan process?
  • Are you wanting to apply for planning permission?
  • Have you had planning permission refused and want advice on appealing such a refusal?
  • Have you been served with an Enforcement Notice?
  • Are you wanting to explore how you can maximise the value and potential of your property without requiring planning permission using Permitted Development Rights?
  • Are you wanting to explore the possibility of getting your site allocated or advice on its development potential?
  • Are you simply wanting some advice on any element of planning?
  • Are you looking at revisiting an existing permission which is no longer viable?
  • Are you looking to establish a lawful use through a Lawful Development Certificate?
  • Are you a law firm or a Local Authority who requires assistance? 
  • Are you an architect who requires planning advice?

If the answer to any of these questions is “YES” then IOP Consulting is here to help.

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I am Charlotte McKay an Independent Planning Lawyer based in West Yorkshire. I established IOP Consulting with the aim of delivering commercially astute professional planning advice.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, whose members are independently regulated by CILEx Regulation. You can therefore rest assured that the service you will receive from IOP Consulting will meet high professional standards.

I have been a planning lawyer for the past 12 years. During my career I have worked for local authorities and in private practice, including working for a top tier international law firm and a well regarded niche Planning Law firm. This means that I am able to bring to the table a wealth of experience from all perspectives.

I pride myself on providing expertise in relation to the often complex planning system in a commonsense and commercially astute manner. I also pride myself on my excellent client care skills and timely service.

  • After moving to our new home in the summer of 2016, we contacted IOP Consulting to get advice on planning permission for a new extension. However, our new home is very old and Charlotte explained that we would not be allowed under current planning legislation, no matter we proposed. She was candid, professional and acted with the utmost integrity. Charlotte saved us huge amounts of time and money. I can not recommend IOP highly enough. “

    Caroline Stevens
    Denby Dale, near Huddersfield


If you want to find out more information or want to discuss how we can help you, please contact us using the details below. 


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