About Us

Nigel Hartley BA BArch BTP RIBA MRTPI

Chestnut Planning was established in 2003 by Nigel Hartley. Nigel Hartley studied architecture at Liverpool University graduating in 1982. After 5 years in practice, he then studied town planning. He is corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Nigel specialises in design related town planning particularly in housing design and development. Nigel also has considerable experience of development related to conservation areas and listed buildings.

Chestnut Planning’s projects range from smaller projects including individual houses, extensions, shops, restaurants and medical surgeries to larger developments including houses, flats and factories.

Nigel provides reports and statements to support planning applications and appeals. He works with specialists including transportation and highways engineers, ground contamination specialists, property lawyers, ecologists and landscape architects.


Nigel has appeared as an expert witness at public inquiries and in court, giving evidence on town planning and design issues.

Chestnut Planning offers its services in the following sectors:

• Residential
• Factories
• Shops and restaurants
• Offices
• Healthcare
• Extensions
• New development

Chestnut Planning is a sole practitioner practice where Nigel Hartley provides all services direct to clients, drawing on a network of other consultant, experts and associates to provide support on projects.