IPe Team

About Us

We have brought together what we believe to be an unrivalled team, that can share with you their insight into how Inspectors will consider local plan issues in the context of the NPPF and relevant legislation, as well as providing examination services for neighbourhood plans and community infrastructure levy charging schedules.

In line with our commitment to maintain the currency of the team's experience and insight, over the last 12 months we have recruited former Inspectors Laura Graham; Stephen Pratt; Wendy Burden and Andrew Seaman. The IPe team now comprises 22 employees (20 being Chartered Town Planners).

Directors and co-founders Lee Armitage, Keith Holland and Chris Snarr were formerly all on the Senior Management Team in the Planning Inspectorate and have worked together successfully for over 10 years. Associate Director, Steve Carnaby, has worked as an advisor in PINS, providing guidance to Inspectors and local authorities on a wide range of planning issues, alongside dealing with plans casework management.

Andrew Mead

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BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ. Andy has an unrivalled 28 years of experience in the Planning Inspectorate, 25 of which was a Senior Housing and Planning Inspector. His work included enforcement, development plan inquiries and examinations, Orders under Compulsory Purchase and…

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Mary O'Rourke

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BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI. Mary worked as a planning Inspector for 24 years on a wide variety of planning cases including determining proposals and appeals for large scale residential, minerals and commercial development. She also examined structure and local plans,…

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Nigel Payne

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BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI MCMI. Nigel worked as an Inspector for 20 years, latterly as a Principal Inspector and Sub Group Leader, responsible for managing a team of planning Inspectors. He mainly undertook major Local Plan examinations, including the two…

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Stephen J Pratt

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BA (Hons) MRTPI. Stephen spent 33 years as one of the longest serving inspectors with the Planning Inspectorate. During this time, he was responsible for examining over 20 development plans, including Core Strategies, Minerals & Waste Plans, Site Allocation…

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Geoff Salter

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BA MRTPI. Geoff worked for over 20 years as a planning Inspector for PINS and managed a large team of Inspectors as a Sub Group Leader. He has held examinations into several core strategies for a wide variety…

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Andrew Seaman

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BA (Hons) MA MRTPI. As a longstanding chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Andrew brings over 28 years of detailed planning experience to IPe. Andrew joined us after completing 13 years as an Inspector with the Planning Inspectorate.…

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Derek Stebbing

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BA (Hons) DipEP MRTPI. In addition to formerly working as a planning Inspector examining local plans, Derek has served as a panel member of the Local Plans Expert Group (along with IPe’s Keith Holland), set up by the Minister of…

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Sue Turner

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BA BArch MSc MRTPI. Sue trained as an architect at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and worked as an architect in private practice and for local authorities on commercial, education and housing schemes. Sue was a planning Inspector…

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Patrick Whitehead

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DipTP (Nott) MRTPI.   Patrick joined us from the Planning Inspectorate, where he started in 1991.  In addition to handling in the order of 1,000 appeals, he has been responsible for over 20 local plan inquiries and examinations, including some involving…

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Robert Yuille

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MSc DipTP MRTPI. Bob spent some 19 years as a Planning Inspector, the last 10 years of which he dealt largely with Local Plan Examinations. He has also examined a number of Community Infrastructure Levy documents, carried out…

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