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, our most recent recruits are former Inspectors Laura Graham; Stephen Pratt; Wendy Burden and Andrew Seaman. The IPe team now comprises 18 employees (16 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 15 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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