Founded in 1985, Terence O’Rourke Ltd is an award winning planning, design and environmental consultancy.  We work on projects across the UK from our offices in London, Birmingham and Bournemouth.

Think Orchestrate Resolve

Terence O’Rourke Ltd has an enviable track record of securing planning permissions for our clients, achieving a 97% success rate in 2018.  With our distinctive Think Orchestrate Resolve TM approach, we provide inspired and imaginative planning and design solutions, unlocking opportunities at the forefront of best practice and at the cutting edge of commercial thinking.


We work for landowners, developers, investors, promoters and companies to deliver their development ambitions.  With our skill set, professional experience, approach and track record, we are particularly suited to assisting clients with very challenging development projects, often in constrained locations.


We have helped clients deliver their development ambitions for 35 years in an efficient and timely manner.  Here are some of the testimonials that we have received.

“Working with Terence O’Rourke is always a pleasure. Local planning authorities face considerable pressures and Terence O’Rourke understands this, working alongside us as partners, not adversaries. The community is at the heart of their submissions, not just a box to be ticked.” 

Geof Muggeridge
Director of Community & Environmental Services
Three Rivers District Council

“Chewton Glen is one of the most renowned Hotels and Spas in the World. Terence O’Rourke has successfully supported the evolution of this unique property with design and planning solutions - the most significant being the Treehouse Suites. The practice’s experience of large and high profile national projects coupled with the team’s local knowledge added a huge amount of value to this project which, since its completion in 2012 has brought the hotel unprecedented international PR exposure and improved the dynamics of the business.”

Andrew Stembridge 
Executive Director
Chewton Glen

“The TOR team specialises in really challenging planning tasks. What defines them is not just their intellectual ability to make a technical planning case, but their antennae and political judgment to navigate the public mood, consultees and council chambers.”

Rick de Blaby 
Chief executive
Get Living

“Stonebridge has been transformed with new homes, community facilities and employment opportunities. It is unrecognisable from the 1960’s council estate with its tower blocks, high crime rates and poor environment. The residents have been involved at all stages of this 20 year regeneration project and the new Stonebridge is well equipped to serve the needs of all parts of the local community.”

Estella Magloire 
Stonebridge resident and former chair of Hillside Housing Trust Ltd

“Building the UK’s future zoos requires a knowledge and respect for conservation and animal welfare, and the ability to challenge the accepted relationship between the landscape and the building. 

Terence O’Rourke worked with us to understand the complex relationships and requirements of the ‘Wild Explorers’ species and assisted in producing a truly world class exhibit, respectful of our ethos.”

James Cretney
Chief Executive
Marwell Wildlife

Award winning projects for over 30 years

Our work is regularly recognised as being of exceptional quality by fellow planning, design and environmental experts who sit on awards panels.

Can we help you?  If you have land and/or a development idea and you would like to discuss how to make it become reality, please contact us for a free consultation on how we could potentially assist you.