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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.

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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Emma has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) since 2008 and joined Carter Jonas in 2010 having previous experience in multidisciplinary private practice.

Emma provides advice to clients on all aspects of town and country planning including the development potential of land and property in urban and rural areas. Preparing and negotiating planning applications and appeals for residential, business and leisure schemes.

She also provides strategy advice to Estates in the form of Estate Appraisals in which she identifies sites and buildings with development potential and an appropriate strategy to realise this in the short, medium and long term.

This includes land and buildings in urban, rural and Green Belt areas.  Emma has also been involved in the preparation and submission of various representation to facilitate the promotion of land through the Local Development Framework process.

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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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Neal Allcock is a partner and joined Carter Jonas in January 2021 as head of the firm’s Midlands planning team, based in the Birmingham office. A specialist in large-scale projects and urban redevelopment and regeneration, Neal has delivered a number of strategic development projects for a variety of clients. With over 15 years of planning experience including at urban and rural local planning authorities, Neal has extensive and varied knowledge of projects across residential (including BTR and PBSA), infrastructure, retail and commercial/industrial sectors.

Neal advises clients on a diverse range of planning matters across the region including tall buildings, town centre regeneration, brownfield redevelopment and green belt proposals. He provides strategy on the planning approach for complex major development projects, preparation and submission of planning applications and representations to promote sites through the local plan process.

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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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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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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

Masterplanning

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.

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.
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.
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.

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Nov 30 2021
Land to the west of Darlington Road

On behalf of Beckwith Knowle Developments Ltd, the CJ Planning North Team have successfully secured ...

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Nov 30 2021
Planning Application Submitted for a New Humanities Building at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

On behalf of the University of Oxford, Carter Jonas’ Planning Team for the South and South West has ...

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Nov 30 2021
Land west of Station Road, Longstanton

Carter Jonas were delighted to assist Endurance Estates Land Promotion Ltd in securing a resolution ...

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Nov 02 2021
Development of eight residential apartments at Wendens Ambo

Carter Jonas’ Cambridge planning team were instructed by the Guster Group (a longstanding client) ac...

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Nov 02 2021
Planning permission secured for additional guest accommodation at the Beaverbrook Hotel

Beaverbrook Hotel, near Leatherhead, 10 years after getting permission for the hotel (referred to as...

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Nov 02 2021
Katherine Jones, Associate in Carter Jonas’ South and South West P&D Team, competes for Great Britain at the European Triathlon Championships

On 25th September, Katherine Jones, Associate in the P&D South and South West team, represented Grea...

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Oct 04 2021
Carter Jonas achieves planning consent at Eastman Village in the London Borough of Harrow

Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of Harrow View LLP (a joint venture between Barr...

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Sep 30 2021
Masterplanning Team helps win planning appeal in Essex

Our Masterplanning Team has helped successfully challenge an appeal for non-determination by Basildo...

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Sep 30 2021
Change of Use Consent Achieved for Cooper Estates Development Ltd in Bristol

The South West planning team, based out of our Bristol hub office, recently secured consent for a tr...

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Sep 30 2021
Successful sale of development land for 20 dwellings Westcroft, Honley, West Yorkshire

Acting on behalf of private landowners, we marketed the c.1.7 acre development site which benefitted...

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Sep 30 2021
Midlands Planning Team Sponsor RTPI Young Planners event

The Midlands Planning Team are delighted that we are sponsoring the sold-out RTPI West Midlands Youn...

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Aug 27 2021
Reserved matters approval secured for 81 residential dwellings, Lakenheath

Our professionals have assisted Evera Homes in securing reserved matters approval for 81 residential...

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