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Our dedicated Planning and Development specialists work nationally across four regional hubs: London, Cambridge, Oxford and Yorkshire, offering clients local knowledge and expertise with a national reach.

With over 700 property experts and personnel behind us across the country, Carter Jonas is one of the UK’s leading firms of property consultants.

Working with our Rural, Residential, Commercial, Asset Management and Agency teams, we are able to deliver a full range of development-related advisory and transactional services, whatever your requirements, from concept to completion.

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Carter Jonas Acquires Planning & Development Consultancy Kemp & Kemp

Carter Jonas has acquired Oxfordshire planning and development consultancy, Kemp & Kemp, currently based in Abingdon on Thames.

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Kirk Hammerton
Permission for new dwellings on the outskirts of Kirk Hammerton
On the 18th January, the Carter Jonas Planning North team secured outline planning permission for two detached dwellings.
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Application submitted for 900 new homes north of Abingdon
The Carter Jonas Oxford Planning team has submitted an outline planning application to the Vale of White Horse District Council.
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New Homes in Croydon

On behalf of our client Brick by Brick, Carter Jonas’ London Planning Team have submitted the first planning applications.

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Land at Ridgeway, Papworth Everard

In November 2016, the Carter Jonas Planning East Team secured a resolution to approve an outline application for up to 215 dwellings.

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Opportunities available in oxford as city council calls for sites
Oxford City Council has opened a further Call for Sites consultation to inform the preparation of its new Local Plan.
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Wantage Neighbourhood Plan progression halted on Examiner’s advice
An independent Examiner has recommended that the Neighbourhood Plan for Wantage does not proceed to a referendum.
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West Oxfordshire’s housing land supply shortfall ‘severe’


An appeal made by Sharba Homes Ltd regarding a proposal for 62 dwellings on land south of High Street at Milton-under-Wychwood.

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Floreat Free School in Brentford


The London Planning team have been appointed to submit a planning application for the Floreat Free School in Brentford along with a scheme of 149 residential units.

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Planning application for Langley Park


The London Planning team has submitted an outline planning application to regenerate a 20 hectare employment park, known as Langley Park, on the edge of Chippenham Town Centre.

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Development Rights


Changes to Permitted Development Rights Announced

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solar panel
Oxford Planning Team Appeal Success for Solar Farm

Carter Jonas has been successful in winning an appeal to secure permission for a solar farm on around 8ha of land in the District of Stratford on Avon.

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Harrogate Planning Team secures Nursery Redevelopment

Carter Jonas’ Harrogate Planning Team was appointed by Daleside Nursery’s owners to consider ways of taking the business forward.

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Barn conversions success for the Oxford Planning Team

The Team successfully secured two separate approvals, under permitted development, for the conversion of agricultural barns.

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West Oxfordshire Local Plan Examination

West Oxfordshire District Council is the latest authority in Oxfordshire to have its Local Plan examined by an independent Inspector.

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Permission granted for 43 houses in the Green Belt

The London Planning and Development team have obtained another result for London Square, the awarding-winning residential developer.

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Cambridge hotel
Cambridge Planning and Development team secures planning permission for 4* hotel

A hotel that fronts onto one of the City’s iconic open spaces – Parker’s Piece.

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Hinwick Hall
Hinwick Hall sold for private residence and education facility for £2.7 million

Hinwick Hall near Wellingborough, Bedfordshire, which is a Grade II* Listed property set in 35 acres has been sold for £2.7 million by Carter Jonas.

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Heck Sausages
Heck Sausages Expands with the help of Carter Jonas

A farming family with a long standing association with the Harrogate Planning and Development team have been crowned the Telegraph’s Festival of Business award winners.

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John PhillippsJohn Phillipps
Consultant, Masterplanning
Housing Crisis vs Party Politics:
"We need all of their solutions and more. And we need them now"

The rather tiresome slanging match around the housing debate continues with Labour promising to build 200,000 houses a year (although that is still 50,000 short of what we need) and the Conservatives half that number by a slightly earlier date. Oh and the Liberals have thrown in half a dozen Garden Cities for good measure to annoy their Coalition partners who came out strongly against them after the recent Garden City Competition. Does anybody really believe any of them will deliver the numbers?

All sides have been careful not to specify how they would actually build these extra homes and since everyone knows that no Government has built the quantity (or quality) of housing we need since we abandoned the new towns programme and flogged off the council housing in the 1980's, these proposals would barely scratch the surface of the problem anyway. But some people are bucking the trend - for example Birmingham City Council are developing their own Council housing as well as carefully planning a new urban extension of 6000 homes, and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is currently planning to build 150 much needed affordable council homes supported by the London Mayor.

So what to do?

We need to get away from the debate about brownfield or greenfield, about urban extensions versus urban regeneration, about Garden Cities being better than New Towns – the simple fact is that we probably need all of these solutions and more, and we need them now. However the issue is not as simplistic as it is painted: well designed low carbon housing in a sustainable well-connected greenfield location out of the flood plain might be preferable to poor quality Noddy boxes on brownfield land in a badly connected location.  Mayfair was once green fields.

We need to find new ways of building much more, decent, housing which is fit for purpose in the 21st century. To do this we will need to train up a whole new generation of skilled craftspeople. The debate needs to be taken away from central government and from party politics, and devolved to local areas. “People in Birmingham and Manchester know the real needs of their areas far better than those in Whitehall, but beyond our major cities there needs to be a return to regional housing targets.” The recent Lyons report contains a multitude of suggestions, but it will be interesting to see how many of these ideas see the light of day.


Infrastructure is such a vast and all-embracing term that it suffers from the great disadvantage that most people, including politicians, don’t really have much idea of its importance or what it means. But it is none the less important for that, and it creates real jobs and lasting value. Infrastructure isn't just about the grand engineering projects for roads, railways and runways beloved of headline-grabbing politicians, it’s also about softer elements such as green infrastructure, natural flood relief, biodiversity and healthy living corridors.

The abandonment of regional spatial planning has been nothing short of a disaster, because it has reinforced the already massively over-centralised UK economy. And the irony is that this is from a coalition government which has trumpeted the ‘New Localism’ as being the solution to all our urban and rural ills, while in fact it has just reinforced NIMBYism.
It is manifestly daft to have separate public inquiries into High Speed Rail 2 and the future of London’s air transport – they are intimately connected and they need to be considered together along with other regional spatial issues such as housing and economic growth areas. 

The need for joined-up thinking between transport, city renewal and urban growth is so obvious it shouldn't need to be stated. This is such an import issue it needs further discussion.

John Phillipps, 
Consultant, Masterplanning
T: 020 7016 0726 
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