County Planning Ltd
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Meet the team

About our Director.

An experienced, valued and trusted advisers…


dan matthewman - MANAGING DIRECTOR


A Chartered Town Planner and Associate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives, with over a decade of public and private sector experience. Dan is the company Managing Director (owner) and lead adviser. His background includes private sector consultancy and local authority positions, including working for the National Park Authority and the Environment Agency as well as having established the town planning function in the Wilmslow offices of Knights Plc. We work on private client instructions throughout Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Dan sets the strategic direction of the company together with advising on, preparing and progressing a wide range of planning applications including contentious green belt proposals and developments in protected areas including leisure, housing, industrial, waste and energy schemes and large-scale agricultural diversification schemes.

Recent examples of how Dan has helped clients include:

  • Leading on the preparation of four inter-linked planning applications to successfully obtain permission for a £3.8 million leisure park and lodge resort including a pirate ship hotel and Caribbean style harbour for children’s theme park operator Gulliver’s World. News article here

  • Obtaining planning permission for a terrace/bar restaurant on the roof of a grade II listed building in Warrington’s Palmyra Square Conservation Area. News article here

  • Securing retrospective planning permission and overcoming a noise abatement notice for a coach operator in Bolton, saving 40 jobs. News article here

  • Enabling the expansion of several waste, biogas energy and compositing sites using little known powers in the Permitted Development Orders;

Dan is a strong strategist who assists clients on their projects from inception through to completion, with an excellent track record at appeal which includes experience giving evidence as a professional witness at public inquires and in court proceedings.

Outside work, Dan has a young family which keeps him occupied with evening and weekend activities. When he’s not with his family, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends his free time rock climbing and hiking in the UK and abroad. He is also an accomplished landscape photographer, having won national competitions and had his images appear in national newspapers in addition to shooting photo assignments for Canon and outdoor brand Ellis Brigham (see