Design & Planning

Commercial and Industrial

The reuse of redundant buildings is an important factor within the regeneration and rejuvenation of rural buildings, or the redevelopment of a site for enhanced business and industry. Our clients have capitalised from shifts in policy and legislation, allowing us to advise and deploy services quickly.

From conception to completion, we are happy to assist our clients either in rural or urban areas.

BCM can offer comprehensive advice on the development, leasing, sale and acquisition of land for industrial and commercial uses.

Contact David Long
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We advise clients on the reuse of redundant and underused buildings while considering the various planning policies. The conversions we have undertaken vary from small redundant outbuildings to Grade II listed tithe barns. We seek to balance retention of the existing structure as far as possible and minimise the impact on the surrounding area whilst also converting to provide modern living requirements.

We convert buildings for a variety of uses ranging from light industrial and modern office space to low key tourism and residential units. 

Contact Mike Papps
[email protected]

Extensions and Renovations

We offer a range of services for improving existing properties through alteration and modernisation. We take care to spend time with clients to fully understand their brief and transpose this into the proposal. We carry out such modernisation, alteration and extension in accordance with the client's brief, which can vary from meshing comfortably with the existing vernacular through to more contemporary additions to existing buildings. 

Contact Mike Papps
[email protected]

    Listed Buildings and Historic Environment

    BCM has a long standing reputation for overseeing sympathetic works to important listed and historical buildings.  We understand the balance between respect for the original and the need to accommodate modern uses.  We carry out work on buildings ranging from small listed farm workers' cottages through to Grade II* manor houses.

    Contact James Fraser
    [email protected]

    Marine Environment

    We have growing experience within the development of the marine environment, whether that be negotiating with the Marine Management Organisation through to planning and architecture for jetties, pontoons and slipways. We can act as lead or selected consultants to a wider regeneration team surrounding the marine environment but also act for private clients wishing to secure a high value amenity resource for their home or business.

    Contact David Long
    [email protected]

    Minerals and Waste

    Evolving from our Rural Consultancy department, our Design & Planning team have assisted clients with mineral and waste opportunities.

    Our experience ranges from landfill, waste management, processing and treatment through to mineral allocations, site assessment, EIA screening, planning submission and on site management.

    Waste and minerals planning is key to the UK economy and we can help clients capitalise on unexpected assets.

    Contact David Long
    [email protected]


    Our planning advice is a core discipline to all projects. Our Chartered service (RTPI) enables us to have technical knowledge of national policy and legislation. We are therefore able to provide the full range of services required when considering a proposal from conception to delivery.

    We strive to marry our excellent local and national knowledge with our clients' objectives; managing risks and exploring opportunities against (sometimes) strong opposition. Our high success rate makes our planning department a resource that our clients truly appreciate.

    Our core services include:

    • Pre-application Submissions, Negotiations and Consultations
    • Planning Appeals and Community Engagement
    • Site meetings, Desktop Studies and Feasibility Reports
    • Strategic Land Promotion and Land Allocations
    • Residential and Commercial Development
    • Rural Buildings and Barn Conversions
    • Change of Use and Prior Notification
    • Renewable Energy
    • Lawful Development Certificates
    • Tourism, Leisure and Recreational Developments
    • Diversification and Enabling Development
    • Mineral, Waste and Marine

    Contact David Long
    [email protected]

    Renewable Energy

    Our wide ranging experience in anaerobic digestion, photovoltaics, biomass, hydro and domestic wind regeneration has secured planning consents and assisted to implement over a total of 100MW (equivalent to 30,000 homes) ranging over 0.35MW – 13MW of installed capacity. We have been entrusted with some of the largest renewable energy projects on the South Coast and Isle of Wight, gaining a reputation for success.

    Our services include site appraisals, constraints and opportunity planning, EIA Screening, planning and architectural project co-ordination through to community engagement, submission and onsite management. We often work with BCM’s rural consultancy department providing advice on wider issues such as leases and payment terms.

    Our renewable energy portfolio enables us to capitalise on a wealth of experience to ensure that opportunities are optimised, risks reduced and projects delivered.

    Contact David Long
    [email protected]


    A primary cornerstone to our Design & Planning practice, our experience ranges from bespoke designs through to master planning major developments. Our clients include self-builders through to regional and national house builders, developers, landowners, investors and registered landlords.

    Our expertise has secured bespoke ‘grand designs’ within outstanding landscapes through to town and village extensions. Our confidence and expertise allows us to consider minor and major developments in town and country.

    Our Design & Planning department can act as lead project co-ordinator from conception to completion. Whether adopting a contemporary or traditional approach we aim to resolve constraints and capitalise on opportunities to deliver a solution that is market driven, but appropriate to its environment.

    Contact David Long                
    Isle of Wight office            
    Contact Mike Papps
    Winchester office
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    Tourism and Leisure

    We are well versed in delivering high quality tourism and leisure developments on farms, estates and on existing and new Greenfield sites. We are accustomed to ‘niche’ and ‘green’ projects in the countryside where clients have a vision for specific growth markets.

    Our experienced team have sustained and improved many public attractions, tourism destinations and self-catering holiday ventures through working with funds, hoteliers and land owners. We have knowledge in all types of tourism development, whether it be the conversion of a traditional or modern barn, hotel or building, to the development of a lodge park, glamping site or a mixed use diversification.

    Our wide range of projects is testament to our ability to secure minor and major projects.

    Contact David Long
    [email protected]