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Durham Planning Consultant
New Freelancer of the Year


Shining a spotlight on East Durham Business and the North East in general Chris Pipe named National New Freelancer of the Year 2018.

The awards, the centrepiece of the tenth annual National Freelancers Day held at Kings Place, London, recognise excellence in freelancing. Sixteen finalists across three categories – Freelancer of the Year, Young Freelancer of the Year and New to Freelancing – were judged on the strength of their portfolio, passion and commitment to freelancing, business acumen and the creativity and distinctiveness of their offering.

Chris founded Planning House in 2016 and has a wealth of experience in the Town Planning industry, as former Head of Planning for a Council and UK Planning & Land Director for a large PLC property company she knows her way through the planning system from a unique perspective, which is why she labels herself as a ‘Gamekeeper turned Poacher’.

With a passion for town planning which began through seeing the decline of the coal mining community where Chris lived, evolved an amazing career built from a love of people and places and how they influence one another.

Chris Pipe said, “I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award, the calibre of other finalists was awe inspiring. I’m delighted to be recognised by this prestigious award and ecstatic to be flying the flag for North East businesses.

Chris launched Planning House in 2016 as an independent planning consultancy based in East Durham, services cover a wide range of planning matters, and specialises in residential development. Through her experience and by understanding client needs Chris ensures that the right approach is taken for each project.

The ethos behind Planning House is to provide no-nonsense, realistic support and advice for clients but with a personal service being at the core of the business.  For more information, please get in touch.