About Stratagem_

We are specialists, not generalists. We provide bespoke planning consultancy services to support architects and developers in securing planning permission. We particularly enjoy working with design-led architecture practices to unlock the potential of awkward and challenging sites through innovative design.

Our work is almost entirely within the residential sector and we carry out work across all London boroughs.

Stratagem was established in 2013 by director Mark Matheson. Mark is a Chartered Town Planner and has many years’ experience within the planning and development sector.

Prior to establishing Stratagem Mark worked for three London local planning authorities giving him an excellent understanding of the culture and working practices within development management.


Development appraisals

We can assess both the prospects of specific development proposals and the development potential of a property more generally.

Pre-application enquiries

We can prepare and submit pre-application enquiries and lead on discussions with the planning authority.

Planning applications

We can coordinate the preparation and submission of planning applications and manage the liaison with the planning authority and other stakeholders.

Planning statements

Drawing on an extensive knowledge of planning legislation and policy, we can research and prepare Planning Statements for submission in support of planning applications.

Planning Appeals

In the event of a planning application being refused, we can review the decision and advise on the prospects of success at appeal. We can research and prepare a Statement of Case to support the appeal as well as managing the appeal process.

Project management

We work with an extensive network of cognate professionals and as such can assemble and manage project teams. We can also assist with identifying architects suitable for a specific project.