Ian joined RBWM a few months before our Local Plan Part 2 virtual hearing sessions. He managed to get up to speed extremely quickly and was very effective in presenting the Council’s case to the Local Plan Inspector. I would unreservedly recommend his interim services to other Councils.
Head of Planning, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
I brought Ian in to support the Planning Policy Team in preparing a new Regulation 18 Enfield Local Plan. His contribution was invaluable. He very quickly grasped the key technical and political issues, worked effectively with the team at all levels of seniority, and provided constructive feedback on a wide range of matters, undoubtedly resulting in a more robust draft Local Plan.
Head of Planning and Design, Enfield Council
Ian provided consistently robust and diligent advice on our 950 dwelling North Abingdon scheme. He was able to develop a strong working relationship with officers at the Councils, which assisted in the timely granting of outline planning permission. His general expertise, local knowledge and personable character makes him a pleasure to work with.
Former Head of Projects, Midlands, CEG
Ian has been supporting my family in a very complicated planning application for a development of several houses on the outskirts of Oxford. He effectively negotiated with a third party landowner to secure an access into the site, and most recently has been overseeing the work of the agents involved, providing direction, support and regular feedback to the family.
Ian has a wealth of planning knowledge, and has brought clear thinking and focus to the project at a sensible cost. I cannot recommend his services more highly.
I have worked with Ian for several years on a range of projects of different scales and types. He has always managed to combine a thorough knowledge of the planning system with a real understanding of key local issues associated with each project to ensure that planning permission was secured. I have also found him to be an excellent project manager with a very personable manner which appeals to clients, project teams and Planning Officers alike!
Ian provided us with interim support for a period of seven months while we recruited a new permanent Head of Spatial Planning. Ian calmly and confidently picked up a complex workload and the management of a large team of planning, infrastructure, urban design and conservation officers and helped guide the team and its projects through a period of transition. Ian quickly built a good rapport with the team, senior officers and members; becoming a trusted and respected voice within the organisation. In particular, Ian was a great support in helping reset Hounslow’s Local Plan project and get it back on track.
Director of Planning and Buildings Hounslow Borough Council