About Us

The Practice

Paul Butler Associates Ltd is an independent planning, development and heritage consultancy that provides specialist advice for public and private sector clients. We undertake work across the UK for a wide range of clients including individuals and businesses.

The practice has grown steadily since its foundation in 1992. Our committed and highly skilled team of qualified professionals are headed by David Tye and Tom Flanagan.

Tom and David are supported at Director and Consultant level meaning we are able to bring a dedicated and experienced team to your project. We also work closely with a variety of professionals including architects, surveyors, project managers, highway engineers, ecologists and other related environmental disciplines.

Planning Services and Specialisms

We advise on all aspects of the statutory planning system, including development control, planning applications, negotiations, planning appeals, inquiries and enforcement matters.

We have a particular expertise in resolving heritage issues associated with conservation areas and listed buildings. Our work includes heritage statements to accompany applications; conservation area appraisals and management plans; and specialist advice on a variety of heritage matters.

We offer a full suite of archaeological services including the preparation of written schemes of investigation, desk-based assessments, archaeological evaluations and archive deposition. We can provide an archaeological ‘watching brief’ service whilst your works are underway on site.

Other specialisms include site and building feasibility studies, regeneration studies, representations on development plans, urban design and Masterplanning. The team draw on a broad range of private and public sector experience, and all of the practice’s planners are Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


The practice deals with a wide range of development project types and sizes. End uses include housing, retail, leisure (sports stadia, hotels, pubs/cafe bars, restaurants), industrial and office development. Towards the smaller end of the scale, we deal with projects comprising house extensions, proposals for the development of small housing sites, changes in use of existing buildings, and extensions to commercial and industrial property.

Larger projects have included city centre redevelopment schemes including tall building developments across Manchester and Salford; the Quadrant stadium extensions and training facilities for Manchester United; and major housing-led developments involving mill conversions and new build. In the public sector we have worked on regeneration studies, often with a strong heritage element, for many local authorities and regeneration agencies.


We count among our clients:

Old Trafford
Manchester United FC
Salix Homes

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