A Bit About Us

Find out more about CODA Planning and the way we work

About Us

Specialist Town Planning Consultants

CODA Planning has been operating since 2012, built on the back of the award-winning CODA Studios, a multi-disciplinary built environment business. We have since grown to operate nationally from our bases in Sheffield and Manchester on a variety of schemes in a number of sectors.
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Each project is unique. The professional teams will vary from project to project. The planning authorities, Councillors and officers will differ. Our approach is consistently to align ourselves fully to deliver your objectives, applying our technical capability and understanding of towns and cities across the UK. Our capability is comprehensive, built on a strong track of delivery.

Why CODA Planning


CODA Planning has grown out of a small, architectural practice. Being a small team means we are approachable and each project benefits from the personal touch. Your requirements will be addressed by CODA Planning adopting an inclusive and engaging approach – we want what is best for you.


The planning system, and the context in which the property world operates, is constantly changing. Planning advisors need to be up to speed on how these changes impact on product delivery. Finding innovative solutions to current and emerging planning barriers is in our DNA – as without these solutions developments will not be built.


Planning is not just about filling in application forms. In order to deliver good development CODA Planning looks at the bigger picture and the longer term in advising clients on the development proposals – from site promotion to due diligence, applications and construction, operation and disposal – strategy is the key.

Track Record

CODA Planning has been around since 2012, during which time it has grown into one of the most respected town planning advisors across Yorkshire with an enviable track record of delivery.


CODA Planning works closely with colleagues at CODA Studios and CODA Bespoke to realise client’s aspirations. This integrated approach ensures co-ordination of design and planning disciplines to ensure efficient and streamlined project delivery.

Meet The Team

Rob Crolla

Rob is Director of CODA Planning. He has a wealth of experience across a wide variety of land use sectors, and has worked in private and public sector roles, and on client-side and in consultancy roles over a 25 year planning career. Rob is dedicated to ensuring the whole CODA Planning team is tuned in to client requirements from day one and in the provision of high-quality, insightful planning advice across the whole life property cycle - from site appraisals and due diligence; to applications and site promotion; to on-site delivery. When not grappling with the technicalities of the planning system Rob enjoys most sport, including golf and cycling and follows Grimsby Town FC (one of the few).

Tom Smart

Graduate Planner
Tom achieved a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Sheffield in 2019, with practical experience in public and private planning across the North of England. Tom joined CODA Planning in September 2019 and is assisting clients achieve planning permission for a variety of schemes. Being part of the planning team at CODA has hugely developed Tom's planning knowledge, and interest in the future of Sheffield. His next goal is to become a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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Thanks to the wealth of talent within the CODA Studios family, we work on a diverse range of projects to deliver an award-winning service at all stages of the property lifecycle. The CODA Studios divisions include in-house planning consultants, structural engineers, designers and architects. We offer a multidisciplinary set of skills with the dedicated, innovative approach of a small practice.

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