Zerum Planning provide planning and development advice to clients across the UK. Headed by Mike Ralph, the team provides commercially focussed advice which reflects not only a detailed understanding of planning policy, practice and legislative framework but also the relationships and politics that influence decisions.

Why us?

At Zerum we offer more than just the traditional planning related services. Over the years we have taken a central role alongside our clients on schemes across the UK. We provide strategic oversight from conception to delivery, enabling our clients’ to have a greater understanding of the process, and with this a better confidence in the outcome.

Our experience has highlighted the importance of creating and maintaining key local authority relationships. This co-operation is of paramount importance to the delivery of large mixed use regeneration schemes given the complexities

We have been successful over the years through building a strong professional team around us that understands our approach and the client brief. Underpinning our approach is an awareness of the external pressures and challenges to clients which impact upon planning requirements. It is this awareness that enhances our offer and has seen clients continue to choose Zerum for repeat business, with key instructions on a range of high profile projects.

The Team

Our skills lie as being very much at the ‘challenging’ end of the planning ‘spectrum’, where a central role alongside the client covers responsibility for strategic decisions, creation and management of the full professional team and lobbying/consultation.

Our Services Include

  • Site Appraisals
  • Pre Application Advice
  • Planning Applications
  • Professional Team Management
  • Section 106 Advice And Negotiation
  • Public Consultation
  • Statements Of Community Involvement
  • Technical Studies
  • Design & Access Statements
  • Planning Appeals
  • Expert Witness
  • Development Plan Representations
  • EIA Co-ordinator

Manchester is a dynamic and complex city where a thorough understanding of the wider strategic and political landscape is required to successfully deliver projects. We have worked with a number of consultants in Manchester but Zerum have a fresh, proactive and energetic approach to making things happen and delivering successful outcomes for our mutual clients.


We’ve worked with Mike and his team at Zerum over several years on a number of projects including our larger and more complex schemes, Middlewood Locks and Thorpe Park. Each of the projects involves close collaboration with the relevant Council and the management of a large group of consultants. We feel that the team at Zerum understand the inner-workings of our business, helping them to meet our needs and our commercial objectives. We feel secure in their approach and professionalism.

PAUL KELLY Scarborough Group International

Over a number of our earlier projects I worked with a number of planning consultants, but Zerum have now been our lead consultant on more than a dozen projects over the last couple of years. Critically, I’ve found that they have a practical, commercially-sound and pragmatic approach to the process. Their advice extends beyond ‘pure planning’ offering solutions to problems and consistently delivering on the end goal, which is why they are our retained planning consultants.


Zerum have been appointed as our planning consultant for multiple projects throughout our estate. We always receive professional service and guidance we can trust regarding a process which can sometimes feel opaque for the layman. Tom and Pete have become key members of the professional team helping us deliver property projects across existing and future assets.

ANDY SWIFT Production Park/Backstage Academy

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