Meet The Team

  Chris Pipe, Founder/Director

Chris has a wealth of experience in the Town Planning industry and as former Head of Planning for a Council, working as UK Planning & Land Director for a large PLC and by launching Planning House in 2016 she knows her way through the planning system from a unique perspective, which is why the label ‘Gamekeeper turned Poacher’ has never been more appropriate.

Outside of work you’ll find Chris with her family, or walking her two dogs (Fozzie & Bear) generally to a pub for a cheeky glass of red wine.

Read more about Chris in our Northern Insight Magazine Article or on her LinkedIn profile.

Contact details for Chris

  07944 844882    chris@planninghouse.co.uk

Helen Heward, Associate

Helen has a passion for people and places, which makes her an ideal town planner.  With over 12 years in public sector across planning policy, development management and enforcement she has the experience and knowledge to provide clients with an insightful perspective.

Passionate about supporting other women in the industry, Helen is Chair of the North East branch of Women in Planning.

When not at work, Helen is a supermum, juggling her career with 2 young boys.  She loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends.

Read more about Helen in our Northern Insight Magazine Article or on her LinkedIn profile.

Contact details for Helen

  07834 775732     helen@planninghouse.co.uk

                                                           Claire Hattam, Senior Town Planning Consultant


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is meet-the-team-Claire-300x280.jpgClaire is passionate about quality urban design and strives to help create development that allows people, business and the environment to flourish. With over 10 years in the public sector, her valuable experience and practical knowledge of current planning policy and development management is complemented by her technical expertise in sustainable development. She excels at seeing the ‘big picture’, yet always keeps a keen eye on the detail for clients.

An advocate for diversity in the development sector, Claire is also involved in the North East branches of Women in Planning Network and the National Association of Women in Construction.

At the weekend Claire loves nothing better than getting outdoors with her young family (and the family dog Winston) and then unwinding with friends over food and a few drinks.

Read more about Claire in her Introduction Article or on her LinkedIn profile.


                                                                          Contact details for Claire

                                                                                     07984 660708     claire@planninghouse.co.uk 

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