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Our team operates at a national level across a variety of services. To find a consultant for your specific needs, please select a service below.

Nick is a chartered town planner and development surveyor with over 25 years' experience, gained across the residential, commercial, retail and industrial sectors for corporate, institutional and private landowners and developers. He has worked at CBRE and Drivers Jonas Deloitte. His professional experience is in three main sectors – Strategic Land / Projects, Retail / Mixed-Use and Central London. Strategic Projects / Land involves the promotion of land for commercial and residential development for landowners and developers. Retail / Mixed-Use schemes are a blend of edge of centre and town centre mixed-use schemes with food stores and other uses, often residential. This sector includes regeneration and waterside schemes. Central London focuses on projects from Canary Wharf to Hammersmith and Camden down to Wandsworth, Southwark and Lambeth.

When he isn’t working, Nick can be found playing golf (increasingly badly) and spending time re-stocking and emptying his wine cellar to indulge his passion for wine.

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James is Chairman of Carter Jonas.  Formerly Head of the Planning & Development Division, James advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the south of England with nearly 30 years of experience in residential and mixed use development.  This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities. He has specific expertise in option, promotion and other development agreements, joint ventures and landowner equalisation agreements. James has been involved in sites ranging from new settlements to city centre regeneration and smaller provincial and rural schemes, and also provides expert witness and independent expert valuation services for dispute resolution.

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Jon leads the Carter Jonas London development team, providing strategic development advice, feasibility and viability studies, acquisition, disposal and marketing advice and advice on structuring and procuring development partnerships. He has 30 years’ experience, working initially in local government and then in consultancy at Donaldsons, Knight Frank and GL Hearn.

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  • Working on the Great West Quarter from the bid stage in 2003 through to the development’s completion in 2015
  • Securing permission for the first One Planet Living development in Brighton
  • Getting my head around quirky planning issues

Katy is a chartered planning and development surveyor with extensive experience working with private sector clients across London and the South East. Katy joined Planning Perspectives in 2002 before moving across to Carter Jonas with the rest of the team at the end of 2014. Katy advises on various forms of development but is particularly proficient advising on major residentially-led, mixed-use developments.  Her work ranges from providing quick pre-acquisition advice through to managing complex project teams through the planning process and beyond to implementation.  A significant proportion of her work involves adding value to redundant employment sites through complex Section 106 negotiations, transforming such sites into exciting new destinations.

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Steven is Partner and Head of Planning Southern Region and is based in our Oxford office.

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Colin is a Partner and was appointed Head of Planning & Development Division in November 2020, he is based out of our Cambridge office.  He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work.  He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

He regularly instructs Counsel, and has appeared at a number of Local Plan examinations and in Section 78 and other appeals where he has often given evidence.  He carries out much land promotion work and has a strong track record of delivering planning consents taking projects through their entire process from site identification to construction on site.  

Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and of the Cambridge branch of networking group, Interact.  He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen. He is a regular, if poor golfer, a keen cyclist and a committed, but somewhat less dangerous skier than he once was.

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Sarah Cox is a skilled and experienced chartered town planner with over 20 years’ experience. She has experience in managing the planning process on residential, mixed-use, commercial and leisure developments in a variety of locations on behalf of a diverse client base including developers, investment funds, social housing provider landowners and public companies.

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John is Head of the Leeds office and the Planning & Development Team North. John advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the North of England.  He has over 30 years’ experience in residential and commercial development acting for private, corporate, institutional, charity and public sector clients.

This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities.

John has specific expertise in Options, Promotional Agreements, Joint Ventures and Conditional Contracts, acting mainly for landowners.  John has been involved in projects such as new settlements, to city centre regeneration, provincial sites, large commercial developments and site sales.

The Development Agency team are currently instructed on 6,500 acres in 150 locations across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East.

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Robert is based in our London head office and heads up the national development team. He has over 20 years of experience as a developer and consultant advising private, corporate and public sector bodies on how to extract value from strategic property assets.

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Johnny Clayton joined Carter Jonas in July 2018 to head up the Masterplanning and Urban Design practice across the UK. Johnny is a Masterplanner and Urban Designer, with a broad skills base and over 16 years of project experience encompassing conceptual design, masterplanning, urban design, detailed design and project implementation. His particular specialism and passion is for strategic land projects including new settlements, but also urban mixed-use regeneration schemes. Johnny is also a Chartered Landscape Architect since 2008.

Johnny is inspired to create new sustainable communities and places through a well-considered, innovative and forward thinking process of design, with a strong respect for history and place. He is highly focused on pursuing pioneering design solutions and techniques to improve the sustainable credentials of new developments.

Further to his work at Carter Jonas, Johnny is CEO of YEP Global, an events organisation with Chapters throughout the UK and overseas. YEP has over 5,000 members and holds over 50 events per year, focused upon the property and construction industries.

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Steve Morris is a partner based within our Bristol office. He has specialised in development for twenty years, and in that time he has acted for housebuilders, charities, private landowners and developers on sites varying from replacement single dwellings to several hundred units with associated facilities.
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Laura is an Associate with over 6 years post-qualification experience. She joined Carter Jonas in July 2021 and prior to this gained experience in both the public and private sector. Laura specialises in large-scale residential applications and site promotions, including new settlements and Green Belt release for national and local house builders, private developers and promoters and landowners. She is also highly experienced in acting for clients on industrial, commercial and retail projects, including brownfield redevelopment, stakeholder engagement and town centre uses. She provides clients with planning strategies, prepares and project manages complex planning application, leads on Appeals and prepares representations and attends hearings in respect of site promotion.
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Our planning and development services

Planning consultancy

Planning consultancy

At Carter Jonas, we recognise that achieving planning permission is more than just being policy compliant. It is about understanding a wider range of factors and applying them to reach a favourable outcome.

Development consultancy

Development consultancy

Throughout the UK, Carter Jonas works with public, private and corporate clients to deliver property development projects with the aim of ensuring the maximum returns on clients’ assets.

Masterplanning and urban design

Masterplanning and urban design

Carter Jonas’ highly-skilled urban design and architectural design teams work together with planning, property and infrastructure colleagues to develop commercially-informed design proposals.
Development agency

Development agency

Our development agency teams advise clients on a diverse portfolio of urban, rural and fringe sites whether they be greenfield, brownfield or mixed.
Financial viability

Financial viability

Our team of development surveyors specialise in the preparation of financial viability assessments to support planning applications and Local Plans, as well as the review of assessments to determine the level of affordable housing.

Strategic land

Strategic land

Throughout the UK, Carter Jonas has been involved in some of the largest development projects – from urban extensions to new settlements – acting for a variety of clients and across the public, institutional, charity, corporate and private sectors.

Development land

Development land

Planning is an integral part of many projects on farms and estates, and is often the starting point for diversification.
Regeneration

Regeneration

Carter Jonas is at the centre of regeneration, transforming places and the communities that occupy and use them. Our dedicated and highly regarded regeneration consultancy teams have the breadth of skills and experience to assist with every step of regeneration projects, from inception to implementation.

Our specialisms

Education

Education

To perform their core activities, educational organisations and institutions need land that is in the right location, and buildings that are safe and suitable for effective teaching.
Regeneration

Regeneration

Our regeneration team offers a complete service throughout the lifespan of regeneration projects including housing estate renewal, high street and town centre regeneration schemes, and transport-led regeneration.
Energy

Energy

Our market leading energy team comprises surveyors, valuers, environmental specialists, project managers and town planners, enabling us to provide sound independent advice on all aspects of an energy project.
Minerals & waste management

Minerals & waste management

Our specialist team is recognised as a leading provider of specialist estate management, valuation and development advice relating to all mineral properties and waste management matters and infrastructure.
National commercial development

National commercial development

Our national commercial development team, working with our network of regional offices, is led by experts in commercial property development consultancy and development agency.
Build to rent

Build to rent

Our specialist inhouse team are experts in providing a range of services across the entire lifecycle of build to rent (BTR) and private rented sector (PRS), from inception through operation, and disposal.

Case studies

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Feb 06 2024
Carter Jonas achieves planning consent for St Modwen

Carter Jonas has secured outline planning consent on behalf of property developer St Modwen for a fu...

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Jan 30 2024
Carter Jonas advises on sale of 45 residential units at Acton Gardens

The Acton Gardens joint-venture partnership between Countryside Partnerships and L&Q has sold 45 res...

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Aug 10 2023
Carter Jonas Achieves Planning Consent for Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Limited Partnership

Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of Harwell Science and Innovation Campus for a n...

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Jun 20 2023
Carter Jonas Confirms Sale of Land in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent to Potteries Heavy Haulage

Carter Jonas, acting on behalf of Severn Trent Water plc, has sold a development site located on the...

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Apr 26 2023
Carter Jonas Achieves Planning Consent for a Fusion Demonstration Plant at Culham Science Centre, Oxfordshire

Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) for a Fusi...

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Nov 03 2022
Carter Jonas Achieves Planning Consent for Endurance Estates Land Promotion Ltd in Longstanton, Cambridgeshire

Carter Jonas has secured outline planning consent on behalf of Endurance Estates Land Promotion Ltd ...

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Oct 28 2022
RTPI Young Planners’ Conference 2022

On the 21st and 22nd of October two members of our Midlands Planning Team, Frances Keenan and Annabe...

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Oct 20 2022
Carter Jonas Partner Andrew Smith Elected SIOR European Region Chapter President

The European chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) has appointed Andrew Sm...

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Oct 18 2022
Carter Jonas Appoints Matt Lee as Head of Science and Technology

Carter Jonas has appointed Matt Lee as Head of Science and Technology, strengthening further the fir...

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Oct 06 2022
Planning permission granted for key Richmond office space

Plans for a newly refurbished, Grade A office building in Richmond have been given the green light.

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Sep 27 2022
Carter Jonas Confirms Sale of Land at Semington, Wiltshire

Carter Jonas, acting on behalf of a private landowner and the land promotor Greystoke Land, has sold...

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Sep 22 2022
Carter Jonas secures planning permission for Beaverbrook Golf Course

Following the Clubhouse burning down on 7th March 2022, we have secured permission for an identical ...

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