National Trust bolsters land use planning capabilities

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 9 Apr 2015

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The National Trust has appointed a group of land use planning advisers to cover a number of patches around the country.

The appointments come as part of an expansion of the trust’s planning team as it seeks to engage with planning authorities on a more proactive basis.

Karin Taylor, head of land use planning at the trust, said: “Part of the reason we have managed to find additional resources to expand the team is because we want to be able to work more strategically and proactively rather than just reacting to planning proposals.

“We are not just about preventing development. We do our own and are keen to work with partners to demonstrate what good development looks like and where it is located.”

Rachel Botcherby joins from planning consultancy Signet Planning and will cover Surrey along with south and west London. She holds a geography degree from the University of Plymouth and an MA in urban and regional planning from the University of Westminster.

Andrew Shaw is arriving from his previous role as policy manager at the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit, and will cover Sussex, Kent and east London. He holds a masters in town planning from the University of West of England.

Laura Waterton joins the trust from her previous role as senior planning officer at Chilterns District Council, and will take on a portfolio comprising Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and west London. She holds a Masters in urban and regional Planning from the University of Minnesota and a diploma in spatial planning from Oxford Brookes University.

John Pearson has been appointed planning adviser for Wales, previously working as development management officer at Powys County Council. He has a postgraduate diploma in town and country planning from the former Bristol Polytechnic.

Anna Budge arrives from Harrogate Borough Council to cover Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the South Downs National Park area. She is a graduate in town and country planning from the University of Dundee.

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