Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates

Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates have offices in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.  We are chartered town planners with extensive experience of planning and development across the northern region and much of the rest of the UK.

Working with external consultants and experts in their field our clients welcome the complete package of services we can offer to them.

Many of our clients recognise the benefits of building their own home over that of buying from a house builder. We can help develop their ideas with their architect and provide them with the best possible chance of success in securing planning permission.

Steve Hesmondhalgh has worked in the industry for well over 30 years and in that time his personal, friendly but straightforward approach means he has an extremely high success rate for his clients.  Self-build schemes make up a large proportion of the projects the Practice undertakes and we understand the pressures faced by our clients. We aim to deliver the best possible cost effective package to make sure you realise you dreams in building your own home.

From the first contact with Steve and his team I have had superb support. Members of his team were always up to speed on progress. A clear outline of the planning process, any problems that may be encountered, and costs, were discussed in a language easy to understand. Communication was efficient. timely and supportive throughout. I was kept well informed throughout the process, so always felt up to date on progress, client perspectives of the situation were valued as it evolved. Every effort was used achieve the final goal. The support received extended to the final hour of the process and continues beyond. I would recommend the services of this organisation.

J Robson


We had been told by a previous planning consultant that our dream home would not get planning permission. We were recommended to call Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates. Steve was immediately helpful and identified a potential way forward. He organised all other consultants and was always conscious of the need to keep fees to sensible, manageable levels. Our application was submitted by Steve and at Committee it was recommended for approval. The Committee approved the application unanimously. It simply would not have happened without the help of Steve Hesmondhalgh and his team and we cannot thank them enough.

P Wendon


Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire

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Outline planning permission as approved for 5 large plots on the edge of this highly desirable village in North Yorkshire. Planning was never straightforward and after one unsuccessful appeal it was feared the project would not proceed.

Revisions to the scheme to change the mix and present the plans in a different light helped to guide the scheme through planning and permission was granted in 2018.

Three of the five plots have now been sold and further advice has been provided to the plot purchasers to help them realise their dream homes.

Crimple Barns

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Following difficulties faced by the owner of this range of farm buildings on the edge of Harrogate in North Yorkshire Steve and his team were called in to deal with the problems that the owners faced.

Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates were able to identify that by using Class Q permitted development rights the scheme could proceed and ultimately it was permitted by the Council and will be developed early in 2020.

A retirement bungalow near Northallerton

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Planning permission had been refused some years ago for a larger development on the site for the landowner. She approached Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates and asked if there was scope to build a single large bungalow on her land so that she could sell off her larger house.

Following an initial submission to try to two bungalows the single larger bungalow emerged.  Despite working closely with the Council planners the scheme faced a recommendation for refusal at Committee. However, a successful presentation at Committee by Steve Hesmondhalgh of this excellent scheme overturned the recommendation and led to an approval on the site.

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