I have two degrees: A BA (Hons) in Town & Country Planning and a Bachelor of Town Planning degree.
Additionally, I have full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the governing body that supports the highest professional and ethical standards within
Many years as a local authority planning officer have given me far-reaching insight and real-life experience into almost every part of the process. From simpler applications, early on in my career, through to complex, large-scale schemes in my role as a Senior Planning Officer – the latter on one occasion even resulting in a change in caselaw in the High Court in London.
I’ve defended my decisions at hearings and inquiries. And, have often won my contests. Since joining the private sector, I’ve put forward cases for development – overcoming both previous refusals and non-determination applications.
Significantly, a period in policy further expanded my knowledge of policy formation, including the weight of evidence needed to justify it. Or, in the case of an agent, to undermine it.
Work within the private sector has also informed what I do now, adding value and knowledge to my skills set. Since November 2017 I have worked in the private sector assisting clients secure planning permissions for various schemes throughout the country.
I started working as a Planning Assistant at Borough of Poole Council back in 2008, whilst studying part time for my MSc. My workload then included householder applications and Certificates of Lawfulness. Following my qualification, I started to work on a larger variety of planning applications as a Planning Officer, including developments for new housing and blocks of flats. I was also the SANG officer at Poole, and dealt with several applications for the development of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces within and around the Borough. I also spent some time shadowing Senior Officers, including Darryl, on more complex large scale developments. I was part of the Town Centre Regeneration Team for my final year at Poole, assisting the Urban Design and Conservation officers and the Planning Policy Team in working on regeneration and redevelopment proposals for the town centre.
I left the NFNPA in 2018 to start working in the private sector, having ten years of local authority experience under my belt. Since then, I have worked on a wide range of projects throughout BCP and the New Forest. My experience in both the public and private sectors has given me experience and understanding of a broad range of planning projects and how to have the best chance of securing planning permission for a variety of application types.