Meet The Team

                                                    Chris Pipe, Founder/Director

Chris Pipe, Founder and Director Planning House, North East
Chris Pipe, Founder/Director, Planning House

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.

Chris has experience in all aspects of Town Planning in both the public and private sector. Her skills vary from managing the entire planning function at a Council (Policy, Development Management, Enforcement, Conservation and Archaeology), to handling large scale complex schemes to working with an individual who needs straightforward realistic planning advice.  Chris prides herself on being able to cut through the red tape and offers an open and straightforward approach to clients.  This is one of the reasons we offer a range of FREE eBooks, Practical Guides and Blogs.

Chris is based in the North East however the projects she’s involved in are spread the UK.  Take a look at some of the successful schemes that Chris has been involved in: Chris’s Work and what she offers as a North East Town Planning Consultant. 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    [email protected]

                                                    Helen Heward, Associate

Helen Heward, Associate, Planning House, Wynyard, Billingham, Teesside, Tees Valley
Helen Heward, Associate, Planning House

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.

Helen’s expertise includes large scale residential schemes, tourism developments, waste recycling plants, heritage sites and retail schemes.  By working collaboratively with clients and with this wide range of experience means she’s efficient and effective in providing planning support to every project.

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

Helen is based in Teesside, working predominately in the North East.  Take a look at some of the successful schemes that Helen has been involved in: Helen’s Work and what she offers as a North East Town  Planning Consultant. 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     [email protected]

                                                    Chrissy Farrer, Associate 

Associate Town Planning Consultant Derby
Chrissy Farrer, Associate, Planning House

Chrissy’s mantra is “the devil’s in the detail”! Having worked in the public sector for 20+ years, she has a wealth of experience in a wide range of planning issues. Working for the local authority, Chrissy always sought to negotiate and find solutions rather than rejecting applications where she could see potential, making her another natural ‘Gamekeeper turned Poacher’.

From her experience within a number of East Midland Local Planning Authorities Chrissy has gained an extensive amount of knowledge to handle schemes from the simple to the complex.  By understanding client needs Chrissy has a natural ability to put together a strategy to ensure that the planning merits of a project are robustly considered.  Due to keeping abreast of changes to planning policy and case law with her due diligence Chrissy can navigate the system with ease.

Chrissy is based near Derby with her work largely carried out in the Midlands.  Take a look at some of the successful schemes that Chrissy has been involved in: Chrissy’s Work and what we offer in the Midlands.

Chrissy is based in at home in Derby and embracing our belief in enjoying a good work-life balance!

Read more about Chrissy in our welcome article and on her LinkedIn profile.

Contact details for Chrissy

  07984660708   [email protected]

                                                    Noella Willis, Business Support

Noella Willis, Business Support

Noella has a passion for learning and embracing new challenges.  Noella is our organising queen, helping our team with anything our clients need, from invoicing to consultation website and leaflet production.

When not working Noella enjoys time with her family and loves to bake and craft.  She regularly distributes her baked good to friends and family – so definitely someone to make friends with!

Read more about Noella.

Contact details for Noella

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We’re a strong team with skills and experiences in all areas of the Town Planning industry.  Our ambitions are to grow the team organically and so we’re always on the look out for talented people to Join Us.  If you want to work in a flexible way within a pretty amazing team we would love to hear from you!

Contact Us to express an interest.

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