Founder and Director
Chris is a highly driven and focused planning professional who consistently delivers on planning consents for a range of clients and across industry sectors.
Chris has over eighteen years’ experience in planning for major infrastructure projects under the provisions of the 2008 UK Planning Act, 1990 Town and Country Planning Act and previous consenting regimes. Chris also has extensive experience with planning for multiple Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) and stands as a consenting expert in this field... Chris is also one of a small number of consultants in the UK with experience in planning for trans-border Projects of Common Interest (PCI).
Chris has been responsible for the management of the consenting processes, programme and personnel involved in pulling together a number of major infrastructure proposals. These roles have required the identification of deliverables, allocation of tasks, quality assurance, production and review of key project documentation and tracking against tight project programmes for delivery. Specific tasks have included being responsible for negotiating S106 Heads of Terms, drafting and negotiating DCO requirements (planning conditions), managing consultant teams, discharging planning conditions, producing statutory documents, writing Consultation Reports, negotiating with project stakeholders and engaging with public consultations.
Aside from consenting management and document production, Chris has also made a number of presentations to stakeholders, companies and members of the public to inform on planning process; specifically on how planning legislation works in practice and how consultation responses can inform design. Chris also provides periodic cross-project planning advice to clients and project stakeholders to inform on team resourcing, consenting strategy, consultation approach, discharging planning requirements and programme.
Chris is a fully chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association and is a registered volunteer at Planning Aid England.
TRUSTED PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
As an independent consultancy we often find ourselves working with and across numerous organisations. Through these experiences we have developed a broad network of professional contacts adding a depth of expertise which is unavailable within a single organisation.
Drawing on this network we are actively partnering with like-minded consultancies that work to exacting standards in-line with our own company values. These partnerships mean that we can immediately draw on a pool of expertise from high quality consultants to support on projects as they develop. We work with…
Atech Projects are an engineering focussed consultancy with a breadth of experience accross the UK energy sector and on a number of large scale infrastructure projects. Atech provide client-side support throughout the lifecycle of projects including on complete end-to-end electricity connections. Important company contacts are Mark Fairhurst and Steve Roylance.
Ocker Environmental provides environmental management consultancy to the engineering, industrial and construction sectors, with particular experience on major infrastructure projects, transport, linear networks, energy generation developments and utilities. Ocker specialise in environmental project management, impact assessment, regulatory interface, compliance and management systems to support delivery of successful projects. Important company contact is Kris Atkins.