Grass Roots

Grass Roots Planning Ltd is a planning consultancy that is based in Bristol. We provide comprehensive and cost effective planning advice, and alongside our partners, ecology, master planning and architectural services.

The company was established in 2010 by Matthew Kendrick, who has experience in both public and private sector planning environments, having worked for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, an area with one of the highest levels of planning protection, and latterly, Barton Willmore, where he was involved in leading large multidisciplinary teams delivering large scale mixed use projects. Since inception the company has grown organically to marry experienced planners with talented graduates to service a rapidly expanding client base and project portfolio.

We have worked all over the UK since the company was formed, with some of our recent projects being undertaken in the South West, South Wales, London, and the North West of England.

The company offers focused planning, design and project management services to a range of clients including landowners, land promoters, house builders, financial institutions, developers and waste operators.


The key planning services we offer include:

  • Site Appraisals
  • Feasibility Studies
  • SHLAA submissions
  • Pre-application Submissions
  • Promotion of land through Development Plans
  • Preparation and Submission of Full and Outline Planning Applications
  • Drafting and negotiation of Section 106 Agreements
  • Applications to discharge planning conditions
  • Planning support in High Court challenges

Alongside our company we also offer ecology services through our sister company, Grass Roots Ecology. We also offer full master planning, architectural design and working drawings services via our design partners, so if required we can manage your project from inception to delivery.

Our scale allows us to be commercially flexible and we can offer attractive quotes for all of our services and are always happy to structure payments to suit our clients' needs.


Building on experience gained in both private and public sector planning environments, we operate in the residential, commercial (although usually our schemes are mixed use), recreational and waste sectors.

Our residential experience ranges from high quality one off mansions through urban regeneration projects right up to large scale urban extensions of many thousands of units. This experience encompasses both immediate and longer term development projects so we often coordinate the discharging of planning conditions and submission of Section 73 applications where required.

Our commercial experience includes the delivery of a servicing area for the A303, industrial agricultural produce processing facilities, hotels, concrete plants and retail units including small to medium scale food stores.

We have also played a central role in delivering a number of diverse sports and recreational projects. These have included proposals for two new high quality rugby training facilities in and nearby Bristol, fishing lakes complexes and a range of smaller artificial and grass playing pitch projects. Our clients in relation to these matters have included Top Tier Sports Clubs, charities, private schools, town councils and earthworks and drainage contractors.

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