Our People

We employ four Chartered Town Planners – Amy, Mick, Dave and Jo, who between them have nearly a hundred years’ worth of planning experience across local government, academia and private practice. As Chartered Town Planners, they work to the professional standards of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Our Practice Manager in Beverley, Gemma Owston, is also a highly experienced Town Planner currently in the process of applying for Chartership with the Institute.

We also employ a Graduate Town Planner, Sophie, and a Landscape Architect, Kate.

It is the experience, skills and values of our Team that make us what we are.

We strive to get the job done for you professionally in the most effective and efficient way, avoiding jargon and unnecessary extras along the way. We combine this with a friendly approach.

Amy Naylor

BA (Hons) MA MRTPI – Senior Planner

Amy holds a Masters degree in Planning from Leeds Met University. She co-ordinates the work load and direction of the business including adherence to ISO 14001, 9001 and other quality standards.

Her other responsibilities include client liaison and customer care issues, together with the continuing professional development of Northern Planners staff.

Amy is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

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Mick McLoughlin

BA (Hons) Dip EP MSc MRTPI – Senior Planner

Mick is a Chartered Town Planner with 30 years experience of professional planning work gained in the public and private sectors. This experience has included development planning and development management roles. Mick’s knowledge of planning law and consenting procedures under different legislative regimes is extensive.

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Gemma Owston

BA (Hons) MSc Planning Licentiate – Senior Planner

Gemma’s passion for development and her excellent commercial understanding means she enjoys challenging the usual approach to planning, finding solutions and delivering results for her clients.

Gemma has over 6 years’ experience working in the planning sector.  Her scope of service includes planning advice through site appraisals to the preparation of planning applications, community engagement, and project management through to discharging of planning conditions following approval.   A talented project manager, Gemma is confident in providing a high quality service, working collaboratively with co-consultants as needed, on small, medium and large scale projects.

Gemma has a BA (Hons) Geography Degree and a MSc in Urban & Regional Planning.  Gemma is a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is hoping to become a Chartered Member by December 2017.

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Dave Hicking

BSc (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI – Senior Planner

Dave Hickling is a Chartered Town Planner with 35 years experience in both the public and private sectors, including a spell teaching Planning Law and Procedures at the former Birmingham Polytechnic. For the last twenty years Dave has divided his time between training and research projects, through The Planning Cooperative, and consultancy activities with his former practice, Hickling-Gray Associates.

Jo Wright

BA (Hons) Msc MRTPI – Senior Planner

Jo is a RTPI Chartered Town Planner with a wide range of experience in both government and private sector.

Jo’s experience includes managing rural planning projects relating to farm diversification, alternative use assessments, residential development, affordable housing projects, wind energy portfolio management and ground mounted solar development. She is experienced in giving pre-application advice on strategy and approach including site appraisals.

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Sophie Cattlin

BSc (Hons) MA Planning Licentiate – Graduate Planner

Sophie has a Masters degree in Town and Regional Planning from Leeds Beckett University. She has a BSc degree in physical geography and has experience in residential, commercial and rural planning.  She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and aims to become a Chartered Member within the next two years.

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Kate Weller

BA (Hons) MA Landscape Architect

Kate has a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Beckett University. She is highly skilled at all aspects of technical drawing work and use of spatial data. Her interests include 3D modelling and visualisation techniques such as photomontages. She aims to be a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute within the next two years.

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What Our Customers Have To Say…

We contacted Northern Planners to advise on the form of a residential development where access to the site was to be across land which we own and into which a triangle of development site land projected. We had never owned the development site and were the triangular projection to be built on as part of the residential development this would have generated rights of way and access and parking problems for the legitimate users of our land.

As a result of the input from Northern Planners, it was identified that the projecting triangle of land was not legally fully accessible as part of the residential development. This allowed us to come to a very satisfactory agreement with the residential developers whereby, by exchanging small pieces of land, both they and we were able to preserve and enhance our holdings. At the same time, this exchange clarified and enhanced the parking aspects of both our land and that of the residential development land.

Mr Porter

A friend kindly recommended Northern Planners to me, and from day one my experiences dealing with them has been excellent.  I have been highly impressed with their efficiency and professionalism.  They have kept me in the loop throughout the process.  During which, I have been looked after by a very competent team, who have gone beyond the call of duty to help me with my planning proposal.  Without doubt they are always ahead of the game.

I would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them.

Mr Walker

I have used the services of Northern Planners after three failed attempts to construct a garden room.

Their professional approach, accompanied by excellent attention to detail did the trick and I finally obtained planning at their first application.

I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

It was a pleasure to do business with them.

Mr Johnson

I first contacted Northern Planners having seen an advert in the local newspaper. I was immediately impressed with their knowledge and professionalism and decided to instruct them on a potentially contentious and difficult planning application. They did all the work for me and kept me updated throughout the whole process. Planning permission was granted at the first attempt. I would highly recommend Northern Planners to anyone.

Mr Watson

To facilitate the sale of our house we had to quickly resolve a planning issue. We contacted Northern Planners and they quickly swung into action, addressed our concerns and expedited an application. From our first contact and throughout the process we found the team at Northern professional, calm and reassuring. We got the planning consent we needed and are very grateful to Northern Planners for their support. We are pleased to recommend them and their professional service.

Mr Mackay

Northern Planners were a great help with my successful planning application. Amy and the team went above and beyond what I was expecting from them and I wouldn’t hesitate to use or recommend their services in future

Mr Atkinson