South West

Our extensive range of capabilities as well as our depth of experience in the South West and resulting local knowledge means we are the consultant of choice for a wide variety of house builders, developers and land owners.

We focus on balancing commercial drivers with local context and client expectations to produce realistic, attractive and achievable housing and retail schemes. Our ability to provide a full range of planning and development services in-house enables us to identify potential risks in most environmental and technical areas and mitigate these to ensure that sites achieve their full potential.

Working with individuals and businesses of all sizes, and across both the public and private sectors, we work closely with clients to fully understand their aims and objectives; allowing us to provide solutions that are tailored to specific needs in an ever changing regional market.

Key Contacts

Darren Parker

Darren Parker   |   Operational Director   |   Send Email

Darren leads the planning teams based in Bristol and Cardiff, which focus specifically upon residential and retail development. He has worked throughout South Wales and the South West for over 20 years and his experience has included presenting evidence at local plan examinations and acting as an expert witness at public inquiries.

Ross Bowen

Ross Bowen   |   Director   |   Send Email

Ross has considerable retail experience including undertaking assessments of need, the sequential test and retail impact and delivers expert witness evidence at Inquiries. He acts for a range of clients including food and non-food retailers and developers, as well as provision of independent advice to LPAs. He also manages major mixed-use applications, many involving EIAs.

Chris Simkins

Chris Simkins   |   Director of Planning and Strategy   |   Send Email

Chris is a well-respected planning professional with 40 years’ experience involving a wide range of development proposals but with an emphasis on housing. He has appeared as a witness at numerous planning inquiries and plan examinations and acted as an expert in a variety of legal cases. Chris has also worked on major infrastructure projects for public and private clients.

Nick Laister

Nick Laister   |   Operational Director   |   Send Email

Nick is a nationally-recognised expert in planning for tourism and leisure, advising many of the UK’s most famous attractions and developers of holiday accommodation. He is regularly interviewed on television and radio, has written for newspapers and journals, and is an experienced expert witness.