Results of the Planning Consultancy Survey 2014 in Planning Magazine published by Haymarket Media on 21st November 2014 once more ranks RPS as the UK’s highest earning planning consultancy by some margin. RPS is also the largest employer of planners in London.
The report says: ‘RPS Group remains the UK’s highest-earning planning consultancy by some way. It was boosted by this summer’s acquisition of CgMs, which posted a 2012/13 turnover of around £8 million’.
Most planning consultancies have benefitted from a rise in demand for planning and environmental consultancy services as the demand for residential planning services has mushroomed. Housing and mixed-use development made up a quarter of RPS’ earnings from the planning sector last year.
RPS is quoted as noting the rising demand for environmental impact assessment (EIA) skills and specialist input for prior approval applications under permitted development revisions including advice on flood risk, land contamination and transport access in particular. Masterplanning is also a growth area, with the planners and environmental consultants advising on policy issues.
RPS topped the fee earning polls in six of the ten market sector fee tables, including those for Mixed-use Brownfield, Mixed-use Greenfield, Commercial and Industrial, Energy, Waste, and Leisure, Tourism and Sport. RPS came a close second in Residential, Retail Planning and Water, and third behind Atkins and Arup in Transport Planning. This marks the first year that RPS has featured in the top three for all the market sector fee tables in this annual survey.