Emery Planning is made up of a team of 33. The consultants have extensive experience of the planning system from both local government and private practice perspectives.
Denise Emery BA (Hons) MTCP MRTPI
Joint Managing Director
Denise established the business in 1985 and has played a pivotal role in building Emery Planning into the thriving business it is today.
Denise has over 40 years’ experience in a wide range of planning matters, including development plans, development control, and issues relating to conservation areas and listed buildings.
Denise has particular expertise in advising on major housing schemes, hotel developments and other leisure developments in urban and Green Belt locations.
Denise also has substantial experience and expertise in preparing and giving expert evidence at Public Inquiries and Hearings, and in providing written support for major development proposals.
Peter Emery BA (Hons) MA MRTPI
Joint Managing Director
Peter has more than 30 years’ post graduate experience in local government and private practice. Peter has played a key role in building Emery Planning into the thriving business it is today.
Peter has considerable expertise in dealing with strategic and site specific housing land matters at regional, development plan and development control levels. Peter also has substantial experience of undertaking retail impact assessments and dealing with employment land matters.
Alison Freeman BA (Hons) MTCP MRTPI
Alison is a highly experienced planning practitioner with particular expertise in residential development, listed buildings, conservation, hotel, leisure, commercial and enforcement matters.
Alison works with a number of renowned architects on replacement dwellings and Green Belt/open countryside residential infill schemes, achieving a very strong success rate.
Alison has been involved with a number of major planning inquiries and hearings where she has been the expert witness on planning and sustainability matters for both urban and rural schemes.
Rawdon Gascoigne BA (Hons) MTCP MRTPI
Rawdon has extensive planning experience across a diverse range of nationally based planning matters. Rawdon’s experience on enforcement and conservation issues enables a constructive approach, particularly when dealing with historic buildings and protected environments.
Rawdon’s expertise includes conflict resolution in enforcement matters, representations at appeal, including expert advice at Public and Development Plan Inquiries, and the assessment of development sites and their potential in the commercial, retail, tourism and leisure sectors.
Stephen Harris BSc (Hons) MRTPI
Stephen has experience of an extensive range of planning matters across the North West, but also across the country; in particular Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall. He has appeared as an expert planning witness at numerous Section 78 appeals and Examinations in Public for major residential and mixed-use developments.
Stephen’s work includes the preparation of pre-application advice and reports incorporating development briefs, the assessment of development sites and their potential, preparation of planning application submissions, liaising and negotiating with planning authorities, and appeal work.
Caroline Payne BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI AIEMA
Caroline started her career in development control in local government and subsequently moved into private practice in Manchester.
Caroline has extensive experience negotiating a wide range of planning applications, through both the application and appeal processes. She is also involved in the strategic promotion of sites through the Local Plan process, preparing both representations and evidence. As an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Caroline has responsibility for the co-ordination and project management of Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Statements.
Ben Pycroft BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI
Ben specialises in residential planning applications and appeals on behalf of house builders, strategic land companies and private individuals. Ben has prepared and presented evidence as an expert witness at a number of public inquiries in relation to housing land supply issues. He also prepares and submits representations to emerging development plans on behalf of clients, and promotes their interests at Local Plan examinations.
Ben is involved in a number of ongoing appeals in Cheshire West and Chester for house builders and strategic land companies, and represents a number of clients in the examination into the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy.
Helen Leggett BSc (Hons) MSc MRTPI
Having started her career with a good grounding in Local Government Development Management, Helen joined Emery Planning in 2006 and since then has played a key role in our general planning service.
Helen has responsibility for the co-ordination and project management of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and preparation of Environmental Statements. Her work also includes undertaking community consultations in respect of major development proposals.
Helen has extensive experience successfully negotiating with local authorities and consultees on a range of projects, including work on conditions and legal agreements. She also has experience of successfully representing clients at appeal.
John Coxon BSc (Hons) MPlan MRTPI
John joined Emery Planning in 2008, and has a wide range of experience in planning matters across England and Wales. He has appeared at numerous Local Plan Examinations and as an expert planning witness at Section 78 appeals.
John’s experience includes: advising upon and promoting major residential developments, commercial and mixed-use developments, Green Belt matters, and the development potential of sites and planning strategy. He also works on promoting sites through the Local Plan process, preparing planning application submissions, liaising and negotiating with planning authorities, and work on planning appeals.
Alexa Burns BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI
Alexa has a broad range of experience in advising on commercial, residential, leisure and mixed-use projects.
Her experience includes undertaking detailed site appraisals, protecting land interests through active involvement in the emerging plan process, and the drafting of strategic regeneration frameworks. She also works on the preparation, submission and negotiation of complex planning applications and engages in active dialogue to achieve appropriate conditions and S106 agreements. Central to many of her projects has been the need to advise on the appropriate planning strategy for any given situation. Her experience also extends to working on planning appeals, submitting written representations, attending hearings, and preparing for public inquiries.
Gareth Salthouse BA (Hons) MPlan MRTPI
Gareth started his planning career in local government and subsequently worked within the planning team at The Emerson Group.
Since joining Emery Planning in 2014, Gareth has worked on various projects relating to planning applications, appeals and promoting sites through the local plan process. He is able to draw upon his experience of working within the public and commercial sectors when advising clients and resolving complex planning issues.
Jill Naylor BA (Hons) BPI MRTPI
Jill joined Emery Planning in 2006 and has experience in both the public and private sectors.
Her areas of expertise include: Green Belt and countryside issues, replacement dwellings and building conversions, large and small scale housing developments, enforcement cases and certificates of lawfulness, commercial and leisure developments, listed buildings and conservation areas, and all types of prior approval procedures and residential care homes, especially children’s residential care.
Nick Smith BSc (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI
Nick began his career in local government development management before joining Emery Planning.
Nick is a highly experienced consultant, having worked on variety of residential and commercial developments, including those within the urban area, Green Belt/open countryside and the historic environment.
Nick has worked with a number of architects and external consultants on various projects. These have involved the preparation and submission of planning applications and appeals, including proposals for small and large scale residential developments, infill developments, barn conversions, replacement dwellings and certificates of lawfulness.
Clare Gascoigne Dip URP MRTPI
Before joining Emery Planning, Clare worked for the Peak District National Park Authority for over 15 years, gaining a vast knowledge in rural, agricultural, conservation and heritage planning matters.
At Emery Planning, Clare has a diverse caseload including agricultural and equestrian matters, lawful use, conservation and listed building consent. Clare’s area of expertise is within retail and commercial planning matters for the Bar and Restaurant Industry nationwide.
Paul Forshaw BA (Hons) US&P MPlan MRTPI
Paul started his planning career in Development Management.
Paul joined Emery Planning in 2013 and has since worked on a wide variety of projects, including planning applications and appeals for replacement dwellings in the Green Belt, small-to-medium sized housing developments, children’s residential care homes, and agricultural worker’s dwellings.
Sarah Sands BA (Hons) Msc MRTPI
Sarah has considerable experience working on a wide range of projects from minor amendment schemes to replacement dwellings, barn conversions, changes of use, permitted development and certificates of lawful use.
Sarah’s expertise lies in her commitment to achieving a positive outcome for clients through her persistence in progress-chasing applications.
She is also responsible for dealing with costs awards following Inspector’s decisions on appeal cases. She has negotiated many successful costs claims for clients against a variety of local planning authorities.
Louise Whinnett BA (Hons) MA MRTPI
Louise joined Emery Planning in February 2018 and has over 13 years’ experience working within both the public and private planning sectors.
A substantial amount of this time has been spent working within the Development Management field, therefore she can offer a wealth of practical experience in relation to pre-application advice, site appraisals, submission of planning applications and appeals on a wide range of proposals. She also has considerable knowledge of new development within the Green Belt and countryside.
Louise also has experience as a lead consultant managing multidisciplinary teams, putting together complex strategic planning application submissions and preparing detailed Local Plan representations for major residential and commercial schemes.
Jane Griffin Msc URP MRTPI
Jane joined Emery Planning in 2004.
Jane has worked on a wide range of projects including: certificates of existing and proposed use, planning applications, appeals for extensions to dwellings, and replacement dwellings in the Green Belt. Additionally, she has been involved in small-to-medium-scale housing proposals and small-scale commercial developments.
Jane also undertakes research to assess site-suitability for development and produces appraisals to provide advice to clients.
Lynn Jones MA MRTPI
Lynn is a Town Planner with a specialist training in landscape planning issues.
She has used this knowledge within multidisciplinary teams to assist in the design and delivery of large residential and mixed use schemes. Her experience covers a breadth of areas, including: site appraisal, landscape and visual issues, rural diversification, green belt development, planning appeals, enforcement cases and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Shaun Gaffey MTCP (Hons)
Shaun joined Emery Planning as a graduate planner. His skills have rapidly evolved to the production of planning appraisals and advice, lawful development applications, outline and full planning applications, and planning and enforcement appeals.
Shaun is a part of Emery Planning’s strategic housing land team, which has developed an extensive database on housing land supply matters. Shaun is also a fluent Welsh speaker, which has enabled smooth and effective dialogue with Welsh authorities.
Nick Scott BA (Hons) DipTP
Nick started his planning career with The Emerson Group and subsequently moved in to private practice in Cheshire.
Nick joined Emery Planning in 2017 with an established understanding of residential, commercial, retail and leisure planning matters. He has experience in submitting a range of planning applications, including those for small scale residential development, hotel schemes, advertisement consent, changes of use, and certificates of lawfulness.
Victoria Wood BSc (Hons) MPlan
Victoria joined Emery Planning in 2017 after working for multiple planning consultancies in the private sector. In which time she gained experience working on a broad range of in planning applications and appeals.
She has worked on a wide range of projects including: certificates of existing and proposed use, planning applications, appeals for extensions to dwellings, and replacement dwellings in the Green Belt, commercial development projects, site appraisal and planning appeals.
Emma Bennion BSc (Hons) CIM Dip M
With an extensive background in marketing, as Business Manager and Company Secretary Emma plays a pivotal role in the operation of Emery Planning.