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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 foodstores 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 Head of the Planning and Development at Carter Jonas and is based out of our London and Oxford offices. James advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the south of England. He has over 20 years experience in residential and mixed use 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. He has specific expertise in options, promotion agreements, joint ventures and landowner 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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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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Colin is a Partner and Head of Planning across the Eastern Region, 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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  • 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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Simon is the Partner who heads up our planning team in the North and is based in our Leeds office. The Planning North team is based in Leeds and Harrogate and also operates through the Carter Jonas York, Boroughbridge and Kendal offices and working in close partnership with the Development Agency team and other agency colleagues across the region.

His 30 year career spans both public and private sectors. Simon has a strong background in planning project management and has successfully led development project teams on many occasions since becoming a planning consultant in 2003. His experience covers a full range of property sectors and development types including redevelopment of general housing site promotion, large public sector sites, education, high density and student housing, investment portfolio review, large scale mixed use development, major industrial, employment and retail proposals and leisure/hotel schemes.

Simon is an active member of the Home Builders Federation and York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

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•           Strategic planning advice for major, complex and high profile sites and development proposals  
•           Strong understanding of inter-related planning and market issues
•           Negotiation of Heads of Terms for Section 106 Agreements
•           Portfolio review and due diligence assessment
•           Development promotion through planning applications, appeals and development plans
•           Direction of heritage-related projects EIA development proposals
•           Provision of expert witness evidence to public inquiries and hearings   

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

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Glen is an Associate Partner in the Planning and Development team and is based in our Cambridge office.

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Steve heads up the National Retail and Town Centre Consultancy team based in London’s West End, following the acquisition of Strategic Perspectives (which formed part of Planning Perspectives) in December 2014.  Steve has over 20 years’ experience as a planning consultant advising local planning authorities, regeneration bodies, developers, operators, investors and landowners on all aspects of town centre, retail, leisure and economic development and planning.  His expertise ranges from preparing site (sequential) appraisals, capacity/impact assessments and spatial strategies/visions for town centres to help inform plan-making and decision-taking; through to acting as expert witness at Appeal, Call-In, Local Plan and CPO inquiries. 

His local authority clients include Nottingham City, Warwick District, Guildford Borough, Great Yarmouth, Basingstoke, Rugby, Harlow, Hull City, West Devon, Mid Sussex, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Kings Lynn Councils.  He is also providing retail and economic planning advice for wide range of developers, investors and occupiers to help unlock the value of existing and new assets/sites in different locations, including for Hermes, Realm, Salmon Harvester, Land Securities, Threadneedle, Aviva, Benson Elliot, Quidnet and Wilson Bowden. Steve was one of a handful of consultants invited by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to advise upon the retail planning and town centre elements of the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Policy Guidance, having previously advised the Government on PPS4 Town Centre Good Practice Guidance on Need, Impact and the Sequential Approach.  He is also an active member of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), where he sits on the Planning Working Group; a Board Member of the National Retail Planning Forum (NRPF); a member of the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM); and chair of the annual RTPI Retail and Town Centre Conference.

Prior to this Steve’s PhD assessed the potential impact of Regional Shopping Centres on town centre vitality and viability.

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Matthew has acted for a wide number of Landowner Clients including:

  • Royal Estate Sandringham
  • Crown Point Estate
  • Cecil Family Trust
  • Greene King Plc
  • North Hertfordshire College
  • Cemex
  • May Gurney
  • Pigeon
  • Advice, marketing, disposal and additional tranche disposal of 1,500 unit Residential Development in Grantham.

Project team principle for disposal of the NHC Centre of the Arts, Hitchin, securing a Development Partner and assembling a professional team to progress an application, sale and disposal of a principal asset within the College’s portfolio 

Mathew has over 29 years' experience in the property industry and has been directly involved Residential Development in East Anglia since 1998. He specialises in Land Disposals and Acquisition; Strategic Land, Promotion and Option Agreements. He has acted for a wide range of private and public sector land owners companies including Greene King, Royal Estate Sandringham; Grant Thornton, Pigeon, Crown Point Estate, Cemex (formerly RMC), The Diocese of Norfolk & Norwich and North Hertfordshire College as well as private land owners across the region.

He is Head of Residential Development at the Cambridge Office.

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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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Lachlan is a partner based in our Southern region and is based out of our Bath office, he has over thirty years' experience in Town planning in the field of Development Management, Development Policy, Training and Performance Management. His previous work includes delivering planning permission for a major urban extension in the Green Belt and successfully promoting large urban expansions. Lachlan specialises in strategic development, and has lead on major development promotions at Eynsham, Beaconsfield, East Sussex, Keynsham, Slough and other locations. Lachlan has also been heavily involved with the local government with over 25 years’ experience to a senior level, he has worked with the local authority extensively in the field of corporate policy development, projects and performance management with a special responsibility for spatial planning.

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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.

Our Planning and Development Services

Development Land

Development Land

Carter Jonas serves both the public and private sector, delivering development projects and ensuring maximum return for our Clients investments. Our client base includes central and local government, development and regeneration agencies, developers, investors and landowners; both large and small.
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.

Retail & Town Centres

Retail & Town Centres

We advise clients nationally on the planning and development of new retail, leisure and mixed-use real estate in town-centre, edge-of-town and out-of-centre locations across the UK.

Masterplanning & Architecture

Masterplanning & Architecture

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.
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.

Available properties

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Guide price £495,000 6.9 acres (2.8 hectares)
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Price on Application 8.4 acres (3.4 hectares)
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2,000 Sq Ft (185.8 Sq M)
Commercial Development & Land
Price on Application
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Price on Application 0.3 acres (0.121 hectares)
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Price on Application
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Price on Application 13 acres (5.3 hectares)
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Price on Application 3.6 acres (1.5 hectares)
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