Planning and land services

Unlocking our land to support the growth of Britain's rail network

Delivering rail investment projects requires an in-depth understanding of the land surrounding our railway. The process to unlock this information can be complicated, involving local authorities, heritage bodies and any others with an interest in the railway and surrounding land.


The Planning and Land Services team provides this expertise. With our in-depth knowledge of the railway, town planning and geomatics, we deliver the permissions and consents needed to support and progress major national projects and rail investment schemes. We are a key advisory service, and offer bespoke mapping, building and topographical surveys, strategic planning and asset management, among many other services.

While many of our projects are within Network Rail Property, we also support projects along Britain's rail routes, such as electrification. And alongside our Development team we're working on the master planning of our stations, ensuring that the needs and expectations of local communities for the years to come are integrated.

We have a duty of care as one of the largest landowners of protected structures to preserve and enhance the heritage of our railway and assets. The work completed at King's Cross station in 2012 demonstrates how a sensitive restoration can integrate old and new elements into an award-winning scheme.

We work with some of the UK's largest property developers including Sellar Property Group, Mace and Kier. Our role is instrumental in unlocking some of the most important developments, large and small, including the £2 billion Shard building at London Bridge, crucial linkages for the Nine Elms regeneration and even the complete refurbishment of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.