Plainview Planning Ltd

Our team of expert and approachable planning consultants have been providing informed, effective and considered planning support to developers, commercial clients and householders for over a decade. We work on a wide range of projects, all at different stages of the planning process, from new development, conversions, regeneration, changes of use, certificates of lawfulness, planning appeals and enforcement.

We are passionate about planning and providing our clients with clear, comprehensive and effective planning support. Our team has a breadth of experience and we have worked with over 60% of all Local Planning Authorities across England. We look forward to helping you.


Catherine Hoyte

Catherine Hoyte - Planning Manager BSc RICS

Catherine has over 20 years of experience in both private planning and surveying consultancies.

A skilled project manager and proven planning strategist, her wide-ranging planning experience includes the commercial, energy, retail and healthcare sectors. Cath is also expert in residential developments in and outside the settlement boundary, planning enforcement, changes of use, conversions and householder development projects.

Prior to joining Plainview in 2013, Catherine held Senior and Associate Director level positions at Montagu Evans, Deloitte Real Estate and Rolfe Judd.

Outside work, Cath can be found embracing the beautiful Cotswolds countryside and running in half marathons. She also makes a delicious banana cake – to the joy of the Plainview team!

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Alexandra Eatough

Alexandra Eatough - Associate Planner MPlan MRTPI AIEMA

Alex joined Plainview in 2018 bringing over 10 years of experience in planning projects across the retail, commercial and residential sectors.

Her experience includes town centre regeneration, mixed-use developments, change of use, PiP and Prior Approval, student housing and residential developments in rural and urban settings.

A superb negotiator and strategist, Alex’s knowledge, professionalism and experience at consultancies in both London and Manchester, have seen her build strong relationships across the industry.

Alex loves her sport - if she and her family aren’t participating, you can find them avidly watching the cricket and rugby! She is also an advanced Spanish speaker and keen traveller.

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Chris Moore

Chris Moore - Senior Planner BSc MSc

Chris joined Plainview Planning in 2015 from Oxfordshire County Council.

An experienced and dynamic planner, he works tirelessly for his clients to deliver results. Chris is skilled in planning applications, appeals, certificates of lawfulness, changes of use and enforcement. His experience also includes Para 79 housing, rural tourism and urban developments.

Keen to share his passion for planning, Chris is Chairman for Gloucestershire RTPI Young Planners and gives talks at the University of Gloucestershire and local schools to promote the planning profession.

A keen photographer, if Chris isn’t capturing stunning shots of architecture then he can be found playing his guitar, walking his dog or enjoying a perfectly mixed Old Fashioned.

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Emily Penkett

Emily Penkett - Planner BA(Hons) MSc

Emily joined the Plainview team in 2018 after several years in private practice, working with key housebuilders including Bloor Homes and Bovis Homes.

Emily’s knowledgeable and intelligent approach to planning is an asset to our residential, householder and commercial projects.

She is experienced in strategic allocations, rural tourism schemes, residential development projects, annexe accommodation, changes of use, certificates of lawfulness and development appraisals. A great team player, Emily has a particular interest in sustainable design and development.

Emily plays a variety of sports including squash and netball. At home she is busy training her puppy George – who is fast becoming a member of the Plainview Team!

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James Dorey

James Dorey - Planner BA(Hons) Architecture and Planning

James joined the team in October 2019. With experience in both a local planning authority and an architectural practice, he has excellent cross-sector experience and brings a wealth of planning and design knowledge to the team.

James has worked on a range of projects including bespoke new build homes, listed buildings, community facilities, development frameworks, housing developments and householder applications.

Passionate about understanding and communicating all aspects of the built environment, James brings an informed, dynamic and holistic approach to projects.

Outside of work he loves to travel and enjoys outdoor pursuits which include climbing, hiking and cycling. James is also partial to a well-crafted beer and even brews his own!

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Marcia Perkins

Marcia Perkins - Planning Assistant BA(Hons)

Marcia has been part of our team since 2017. Experienced in urban planning, she also previously worked as a Client Relationship Manager & Business Analyst at Morgan Stanley. She is a holistic problem solver, superb communicator and strategist.

Client projects benefit from her analytical, strategic approach, and meticulous eye for detail. Marcia is an asset to the team.

Based in Essex, with a focus on projects in the South East, Marcia is experienced in change of use, planning applications, annexe accommodation, planning appeals, site appraisals and has worked across the commercial, developer and householder sectors.

Outside of work Marcia is our resident star baker. She also loves the theatre, hiking and running, and has a cache of great restaurant recommendations!

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Caroline Pitt

Caroline Pitt - Business Manager BA(Hons), PGDip, MA, CCFS Sorbonne

Caroline keeps Plainview Planning running smoothly, working to grow our business, improve efficiencies and ensure client satisfaction.

Heading up new business, sales and marketing, Caroline is adept at keeping the plates spinning and since joining Plainview in 2014, she has managed finance, HR, ops and most importantly, keeping our team and clients happy!

With a background in marketing for the built environment, transport, and leisure sectors, Caroline also previously worked in international fine art publishing and is an experienced freelance writer.

Having studied at The Courtauld Institute and lived in Paris, outside work Caroline can be found embracing her love of art history and France! She is also an amateur Opera singer and keen traveller.

Abbie Griffiths

Abbie Griffiths - Office Manager BA(Hons)

Abbie oversees the day to day running of our Cheltenham office providing friendly and efficient support to our team.

Not only is Abbie the face and voice of our company, answering calls and handling client enquiries with friendly efficiency, she also manages client accounts, keeping a handle on the project timetables, administration, and ensuring our clients are kept up to date.

Her background in journalism means Abbie is a great researcher with a close eye for detail and she keeps our social media pages full of fresh content.

Abbie has real artistic flair and can often be found crafting beautiful gifts for friends and family. She also loves films, live music and adventure!

Ian Woodward-Court

Ian Woodward-Court - Founder & Director BSc, MSc

Following a successful planning career in both the UK and Australia, Ian established Plainview Planning in 2007. Founded on the ethos of seeking to de-mystify the planning system by providing clear and effective planning guidance, Ian has built up a strong, dynamic and multi-disciplined team who deliver results and value to all our clients.

Always alert to using new technologies, Ian has developed a range of digitised systems that make planning and mapping data readily available for our planners, seeking to improve efficiencies and de-risk the planning system to the benefit of our clients.

Since 2013 Ian has also run our sister company, Context Land, which seeks to bring suitable sites forward for appropriate development that benefits both landowners and local communities.

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Emily Woodward-Court

Emily Woodward-Court - Co-Founder & Director BSc

Emily co-founded Plainview back in 2007 and has helped it grow from a small company of 2, to a thriving business with projects across England.

Having previously worked for Google in both Sydney and London, establishing Plainview has seen Emily involved in all aspects of the business over the years; from writing planning statements and managing finance, to recruiting and managing staff.

Whilst Emily continues to oversee the business operations of Plainview, she now also runs Plainview's sister company Context Land, an exciting land promotion venture which seeks to identify appropriate residential development sites and fund and secure planning permission for brilliant and inspiring new development.