RPS' planning team covering the south and south east of England, advises housebuilders, property developers, landowners and operators on all aspects of urban and rural planning.

We have significant experience and success in securing planning permission for projects of all scales across most development types. We have particular expertise in the promotion of land for residential-led development, particularly large-scale urban expansions, and work closely with our in-house environment and transport specialists to provide multi-disciplinary project team expertise.

The planning team in the south also has a national expertise in advising owners and operators of visitor attractions and holiday parks. The team acts for many of the UK’s most famous attractions, and also advises developers and operators of hotels, holiday lodges, caravans and glamping sites.

We are a client-focused team, and have built a reputation for finding creative solutions to difficult planning challenges, whether that is promoting sites through the development plan, submitting planning applications, stakeholder engagement or planning appeals and inquiries.

Key Contacts

Nick Laister

Nick Laister   |   Operational Director   |   Send Email

Nick leads the Planning South team, based in our Oxford office. Nick is involved with projects for housebuilders and developers across the south of England and has experience across most sectors including residential, commercial and retail. He is also 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.

Chris Simkins

Chris Simkins   |   Director of Planning and Strategy   |   Send Email

Chris is a well-respected planning professional of 40 years standing. Whilst his expertise is rooted in housing, the second half of his career also features major infrastructure projects for public and private clients. He has appeared as a witness at numerous planning inquiries and plan examinations and also acted as an expert in a variety of legal cases.

Guy Bailey

Guy Bailey   |   Planning Director   |   Send Email

With over 20 years’ experience, Guy provides specific expertise in the residential and leisure/sports sectors, as well as consultation strategies. He has advised government on sports and leisure issues, including advice on playing fields and the impact of leisure use in SPAs.