Socio Economics

Welcome to Marrons Planning. We advise on all planning matters - from co-ordinating major teams dealing with large and complex development proposals, to small scale development on infill sites.

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Our work takes us to every corner of the country, with varied and vibrant sectors and individuals

This includes everyone from housebuilders and developers, land and property promoters, agents and owners; to retailers, local authorities and private landowners.

Whether you need advice on preparing and submitting a planning application, promoting development sites through the local plan process, or representation at planning appeals – we’re passionate about helping you to achieve your strategic and commercial goals.

What We Do

Here at Marrons Planning, we use our understanding of the wider urban infrastructure to provide a robust case for a planning or development initiative. With sound commercial understanding coupled with a sustainability focus, we are able to provide a range of services that will inform your case- including collecting demographic intelligence and assessing the economic, health and socio-economic impacts of a planning application.

Taking a clear and detailed look at the housing need of an area and future growth spots can enable us to highlight opportunities and areas of potential risk or growth in our assessments. Our use of GIS and spatial data allows us to showcase the impact via modelling capabilities.

Working closely with our Marrons planning and legal teams at Shakespeare Martineau, we’ll provide solid evidence that your land or planning development is of benefit commercially and has a positive socio-economic impact on the wider community.

"We can provide our clients with a broad range of in-house services that positively respond to latest government and local planning requirements. We enjoy drawing out the need for development and its impact on the surrounding population in particular, identifying the benefits of a scheme to the local community that are quite often hidden or not so obvious."

Why work with our Socio Economic team?

A unique 'one stop shop'

Working in conjunction with our established town planning, design and legal teams, we are able to provide our clients with an unrivalled level of integrated advice.

Combining local knowledge from within each of our planning offices

with our national expertise in assessing the need for, and impact of development to focus on issues that are important to the local community, helping to ensure a project’s success.

Led by a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Together, we have significant experience in evidencing housing need, as well as within areas of health, education, leisure, retail, commercial, logistics, and data centres.


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How Marrons Planning can help you

We work with the wider client team to identify and model the impact of development on the local economy. Our in-house data and modelling capabilities enable us to evidence shortfalls in existing community facilities provision (including education, health, retail and leisure) and assess the social value of development proposals to the local community.

Through our unique combination of urban design, town planning, socio economic and legal experts, we offer a one stop shop for your requirements – taking you through every stage and reducing the need for external consultants. We co-ordinate the entire process for you, reducing cost and unnecessary delays

Our in-house data and modelling capabilities enable us to evidence shortfalls in existing community facilities provision (including education, health, retail and leisure) and assess the social value of development proposals to the local community.

Our Socio Economic Services

Demographic Intelligence

Our specialist teams capture insightful and detailed demographic information about an area that will inform your planning application.  

Economic Benefits Assessments

We prepare thorough economic reports and assessments about the commercial value of a development for presenting to stakeholders. 

Socio Economic Assessments

By understanding the wider value of a development, our socio-economic assessments can add extra gravitas to a planning application. 

Health Impact Assessments

Any development has a health impact on the wider community. We undertake significant research into how the lives of the community will be improved for the better. 

Housing Need & Five Year Land Supply

As experts in land supply and development, we can showcase the housing need of an area and what the five year land supply will look like to support your planning application. 

Retail Capacity & Impact Assessments

When applying for retail units, our teams can provide detailed forecasts on capacity and the likely impact to the wider urban infrastructure. 

GIS & Spatial Analytics

Our Geospatial analysis and spatial analytics allows us to extract precise geographical location information from particular areas to navigate potential risks and areas of interest. 

Our Latest News & Updates

Expert chartered town planner further strengthens Midlands consultancy

18 November 2021

With more than 18 years’ experience working in local government, chartered town planner Kevin Exley has joined Marrons Planning – bolstering and expanding the leading Midlands consultancy’s strategic planning offering.

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Launching socio-economics service with new director hire

2 November 2021

Socio-economics and research expert Simon Macklen has joined Marrons Planning as director of economics – expanding the leading Midlands planning consultancy’s portfolio of services.

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Setting our sights on B Corp Status

6 October 2021

Organisations with certified B Corp status are legally required to consider the impact of business decisions on their people, customers, suppliers, communities, and the environment; ensuring a balance between purpose, people, and profit. The benchmarks in order to achieve accreditation are incredibly high and Ampa, the group that includes Shakespeare Martineau, Lime Solicitors, and Marrons, will be one of the first UK legal service providers to be accredited.

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Marrons Planning launches urban design with new associate director hire

19 August 2021

Midlands planning consultancy Marrons Planning has extended its portfolio of services with the appointment of architect and urban design expert Alex Craggs.

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Promotions announced at Marrons Planning

19 August 2021

Leading planning consultancy Marrons Planning has announced two new appointments and four internal promotions.

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