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The planning consultancy for the care and later living sector

Our Approach

A boutique consultancy that takes a pride in delivering high quality, sustainable schemes that have a positive impact on communities.

QED Planning advise on a wide range of planning issues, providing a boutique service and adding value to complex projects requiring a strategic approach.

Our objectives are to minimise the time it takes to secure planning consent and to maximize the prospects of success. We approach planning from the client's viewpoint and have a highly commercial approach.

We take a pride in helping to deliver high quality, sustainable schemes that have a positive impact on the lives and well-being of those communities whose environments we are shaping. Our approach is consultative, and involves meaningful engagement with stakeholders and decision makers in order to achieve support for development proposals.

Our Services

Development Appraisals

Identifying constraints and opportunities and reviewing the potential for planning permission.

Planning Strategy

Supporting our clients by understanding their business model and how this influences planning strategy.

Planning Applications

Managing the planning application process from first appraisal through to construction.

Planning Appeals

Submitting and attending planning appeals by means of Written Representations, Hearing and Inquiries.

Project Management

Managing consultancy teams to deliver projects in a timely manner.

Stakeholder and Community Consultation

Organising and leading consultation events and processes.

Development Planning

Promoting development sites through the Local Plan process.

Planning Research

Contributing to the debate on key issues affecting the development sector.


We believe that meeting the care and housing needs of the country's ageing population is critical to the health, well-being and prosperity of our society

QED has a particular expertise and passion in supporting the care and later living sector. We believe that meeting the care and housing needs of the country's ageing population is critical to the health, well-being and prosperity of our society.

We are fortunate enough to work with a wide range of clients on some of the most exciting care and later living projects in the country. In the past 5 years, we have been engaged on projects that have delivered more than 1,000 new care beds and more than 1,000 later living units.

Our track record provides a unique appreciation of the benefits to society and individual well-being that arise from the delivery of high quality care communities and of how these benefits can positively influence planning negotiations.

Although every project is unique, our experience across a diverse range of sites and housing models, allows us to anticipate and respond to planning, design, environmental and viability matters in a positive and timely manner.

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Who we are

Adrian Kearley

QED is led by Adrian Kearley, who is an associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has over 20 years' experience in private consultancy. Adrian is a leading consultant in the care and later living sector and has been involved in a number of high profile development schemes as well as being at the forefront of policy research to ensure that the planning system can influence and address the diverse housing needs of this sector.

Adrian is supported by an extensive network of consultants to advise on specialist planning, design, environmental and legal matters.

A bespoke approach is taken to each project, thereby utilising the skills of those experts best qualified to secure planning success. QED is also able to draw upon a host of senior contacts with local authorities, government and statutory bodies and related professionals.

“Adrian Kearley has recognised the market position and strengths of a sole practitioner. Working directly with the client, providing advice on and managing specialist inputs and undertaking community engagement add value. The benefits are increased when the relationship is maintained over several years. Reference to a network of professionals allows exchange of ideas, access to specialist knowledge and peer reviews to maintain standards.”

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