Research and Education

Hargest Planning Limited has regularly contributed to research relevant to town and country planning topics and practice. This has included the preparation of good practice guidance on retail planning and town centre planning techniques for the Scottish Government and contributions to research on the impact of planning practice and policies on the public for the Irish Government.

Research has also been undertaken on market trends and issues as key inputs for studies for planning authorities including on retail trends and market analysis for aggregates industries.

The firm is committed to supporting education and training for professional planners including the presentation of seminars and lectures on topics such as development viability, retail impact assessment and related topics.


Town Centre & Retailing MethodsResearch into good practice techniques for retail and town centre planning. For Scottish Govt.
Planning and the ConsumerContributions on UK practice into research for Irish Govt. For Brady Shipman and Martin/Irish Govt.
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Retail StudyAnalysis of long term retail market trends.