Our Company

With more than 30 years’ experience in providing expert planning advice




With more than thirty years’ experience in providing expert planning advice, we are dedicated to giving our clients an end-to-end service on planning issues of any size. Our team has provided extensive support within the garden centre sector, advising on the design and development of  expansions at destination centres including play areas, cafes and retail facilities.

With a portfolio of successful projects within the UK and abroad, our team can advise on all aspects of the planning process and provide professional, accurate and honest advice on all planning matters. Services include:

  • site master planning
  • site assessment
  • planning and feasibility appraisals
  • pre-application advice
  • submitting and negotiating applications and related consents
  • overseeing the preparation, submission and handling of planning appeals
  • appearance at inquiries
  • making development plan representations
  • undertaking planning-related research to conducting retail impact assessments
  • acting as Expert Witnesses
  • providing landscape and visual impact assessments
  • dealing with enforcement proceedings and Certificates of Lawfulness



The Malcolm Scott Consultants team is always on the look-out for talent to enhance the business. While we’re actively recruiting for a number of vacancies, we’ve always got room within our ranks for experienced, enthusiastic team players, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think that you’ve got the skills we need. We’re particularly interested in enthusiastic and dedicated planners who have a proven track record in the garden centre and retail sector.

As part of the Harris Lamb group of companies, you can expect support, security, professionalism and ongoing workplace education by becoming part of the team. Reviewed in January 2016, the organisation was given a glowing report which cited high staff satisfaction levels, applauded the excellent levels of trust, security and professionalism, and applauded its stance on upholding a work-life balance, and praised our approach to mentoring and providing in-house education and career advancement.

With high staff retention levels and a team of more than 70 enthusiastic, dedicated individuals, the group is definitely one you want to be part of

CVs and covering letters should be addressed to alice.harding@harrislamb.com – no agencies please.