Our public inquiries service

Our specialist Programme Officers organise and administer an independent, cost-effective and efficient inquiry under the direction and guidance of the Inspector(s) – effectively becoming the Inspector’s ‘right-hand man’ throughout the inquiry process. The Programme Officer reports to the Inspector and is the link between them, the appellant/promoter and all other parties.

What do we do?

Public inquiries are subject to specific procedural rules depending on the project type. We offer a complete service package on public inquiries into, although not limited to, renewable energy, planning, compulsory purchase orders, transport and highway projects: programme officers, witness training and inquiry website management. 

Services that we can provide include:

  • Advising on arrangements for pre-inquiry meetings and public inquiries, and offering guidance on the suitability of venue, facility requirements and optimum layout. 
  • Providing experienced Programme Officers as an independent link between the inspector, the appellant/promoter and other interested parties.
  • Producing the optimum inquiry timetable and providing administrative support to the inspector, where required, throughout the public inquiry process. 
  • Offering fully integrated administrative office support to the appellant/promoter before, during and after an inquiry, including the posting of statutory site notices.
  • Organising training of expert witnesses in presentation of evidence and proof writing.
  • Creating, maintaining and publishing dedicated websites for individual inquiries; the websites becoming the online library of documents submitted to the inquiry. 

Other services offered by Gateley Hamer

Compulsory purchase

Compulsory purchase is a vital tool to help public authorities deliver development opportunities that are in the public benefit. We help both scheme promotors and affected landowners.

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Infrastructure development

We have the experience and expertise to support projects at every stage, significantly increasing the chances of promoters securing consent and implementing powers whilst also reducing cost and risk. 

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Land referencing & property research

When delivering any development, it is critical to have reliable and thorough information on ownership, occupation and rights over the land that is subject to development.

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Overhead electricity lines, underground cables, gas pipes and telecommunications equipment can throw a real spanner in the works when it comes to developing or buying land. We help developers and landowners to get the maximum value from their land.

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Read more about the services Gateley Hamer offer on our dedicated website.