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.

Adrien Waite

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.

Helen Murch

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.

Ian Macsween

Former Head of Projects, Midlands, CEG

I worked with Ian for a number of years.  His experience, general planning knowledge and consensus building skills made him well suited to coordinating the preparation of a Development Brief for land at Mill Lane, Taplow – a sensitive 23 hectare site adjacent to the River Thames and Grade 1 Listed Maidenhead Bridge.
Peter Beckford

Former Head of Sustinable Development, South Bucks and Chiltern District Councils

Ian provided planning advice to the College for a number of years. He added real value, putting together an excellent Team to secure planning permission at appeal for 230 dwellings (with a full award of costs against a Council), and more recently, working closely with Officers and local stakeholders to secure outline planning permission for 60 dwellings on the Isle of Wight. Ian is hardworking and professional, and does a very good job of explaining the planning system to non-planners!
Ian Thomspon

Former Finance Bursar, Wadham College

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.

Bill Warburg

Private Landowner

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!

Paul Cranley

Divisional Director, Pell Frischmann

Ian played a central role in securing outline planning permission for our flagship development project at Wilton Park.  He coordinated the wide ranging consultant team,  and worked tirelessly to ensure that the consent secured met my business’ objectives.
Mark Gilpin

Group Planning Director, Inland Homes

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.

Vincent Lacovara
Director of Planning and Buildings Hounslow Borough Council

I have worked with Ian for a number of years on many complex projects. On all occasions, he has added a tremendous amount of value with his local knowledge, contacts and planning expertise. He was particularly impressive at a recent Local Plan Examination, where he helped to ensure that a Council was not able to adopt a set of unduly restrictive planning policies.
Matt Corcoran

Planning Director, CDS Planning

Ian Gillespie diligently managed an appeal for 68 dwellings on behalf of my client. The case was presented in a thorough and balanced way. The resulting approval reflected the hard work and considered approach employed from the outset.
Andrew Smith

Director, Narvo Asset Management