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 year 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.

Lee Armitage, Director

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LLB (Hons) MRTPI. Lee Joined the Planning Inspectorate in 2005 as a Principal Policy Advisor on secondment from Defra. He became the Head of LDF, RRS and Major Casework in 2006 and in 2011, the Head of Service for Plans.…

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Keith Holland, Director

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BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI ARICS. Keith joined the Planning Inspectorate in 1995 and became an assistant Director of PINS with specific responsibility for Development Plans and CIL examinations. Responsibilities included providing PINS perspective to Government in relation to the National…

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Chris Snarr, Director

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BA (Hons). Chris has nearly 20 years’ experience in PINS working closely with planning Inspectors and providing professional advice and support. During that period, he worked in a number of PINS business areas, but principally managed the Plans caseworkers,…

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Steve Carnaby, Associate Director

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BA BPhil MA. Steve carried out an initial appraisal of virtually all strategic development plans submitted to PINS over a ten year period and has continued this work in IPe on emerging plans, where we have been engaged by the…

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Wendy Burden

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BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI. Wendy has been a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute for over 40 years and served as a Planning Inspector for 27 years. Wendy has worked on virtually all aspects of Planning Inspectorate (PINS)…

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Laura Graham

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BSc MA MRTPI. Laura joined us in February 2018, bringing 20 years experience as a planning Inspector with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). During that time she undertook a wide variety of casework including planning appeals, compulsory purchase orders,…

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Roy Foster

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MA Oxon MRTPI. Roy spent over 30 years with the Planning Inspectorate and undertook over 20 Local Plan examinations and inquiries across England. He presently focusses on undertaking advisory work with local authorities progressing their draft Local Plans in the…

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Andrew S Freeman

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BSc (Hons) DipTP DipEM FRTPI. Andrew spent 20 years as an Inspector with the Planning Inspectorate during which time he was responsible for the examination of some 20 development plans. These were mainly concerned with minerals and waste, an…

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David Hogger

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BA MSc MRTPI MCIHT. Following completion of the Adur Local Plan in late September 2017, David joined IPe bringing over 10 years experience as a senior Planning Inspector. His role in IPe is focused on providing advice to councils preparing…

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Jonathan King

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BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI. Jon spent over 20 years with the Planning Inspectorate, rising to Principal Planning Inspector.  In this time, he handled numerous appeals and development plan inquiries and examinations, latterly specialising in minerals and waste. He also trained and managed salaried…

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Jill Kingaby

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BSc (Econ) MSc MRTPI. Jill spent 20 years in the Planning Inspectorate and was one of the first Inspectors to undertake local plan and CIL examinations, amassing enormous experience of over 20 examinations. Her expertise also extends to a very…

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Catherine Loveday

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MSc MRTPI. Catherine has a particular interest in Neighbourhood Planning, having worked as a Planning Advisor for Planning Aid England. She has experience of providing direct planning support to community groups including reviewing Neighbourhood Plans and policy writing, running…

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