Judith Norris

BSc (Hons) Estate Management PGDip Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings

Having started her practical training as a land agent with Strutt and Parker on the Beaulieu Estate, Judith then worked for the National Trust in Cornwall and the South-East region managing a variety of iconic properties including The White Cliffs of Dover, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, and Cotehele. Judith has found her land management experience including forestry to be an important background to the rural planning work that has been her specialism for over twenty years.

Her postgraduate training includes a PG Dip in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes, and a Masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings, both from the University of Bath. She is a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation as well as the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants.

Extracurricular activities have included serving on the CLA Policy Committee, and Business and Rural Economy Committee; she chaired the CLA Kent Committee, as well as the CLA’s Planning Working Group and Equestrian Working Group. Judith also served on the Conservation Committee of the Gardens Trust and is a trustee of the Toll Rides Off Road Trust.

Away from work, Judith has never grown out of ponies and this four-legged addiction has led to all sorts of interesting ramifications including breeding sports horses (yet to win Badminton), riding as much as possible including some competing, and trail hunting.

Judith is a passable cook (we all like eating at The Rural Planning Practice), loves walking with her dogs, and continues to lust after a doctorate on a topic related to the Enclosure Acts and their economic and visual impact.


Jo Outram

BSc (Hons) Architecture MSc Building Conservation

With an honours degree in architecture and a Master’s in Building Conservation, Jo has found a perfect niche working for a planning practice where she can incorporate both of her interests.

Jo is extremely organised, meticulous, and design-conscious, with an eye for detail and an interest in green issues such as sustainable building technologies.

Jo enjoys using the latest in computer technology to achieve her clients’ goals, whether these relate to private homes and leisure facilities or commercial operations, such as agriculture and equestrian businesses.


Christina Salmon

BSc (Hons) MSc Urban & Rural Planning

Christina has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and retains a keen interest in all things ancient and prehistoric. Christina also worked for many years in the fields of Careers Guidance and Human Resource Management before discovering a passion for planning in recent years. She holds an MSc in Urban and Rural Planning.

Christina lives in rural Gloucestershire with her family and menagerie of animals including horses, dogs, chickens, and bees. Away from work, as well as being a taxi driver to her three children, Christina enjoys riding and is lucky to have some amazing countryside to explore on her doorstep. Having grown up on the island of Anglesey, she likes to return to the coast whenever possible and enjoys most water sports.

She is also a member of her local amateur dramatic group, taking to the stage when she can (but is unlikely to win an Oscar anytime soon). Christina also enjoys trips to the theatre to see how the professionals do it.


Emma Keefe

MA Urban & Regional Planning BA (Hons) Environmental Social Science Diploma in Town Planning

Emma has worked in planning since finishing university in 2003. She is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the National Association of Planning Enforcement and the RTPI Urban Design Network.

Most recently, she has worked in central government as the Head of General Casework at DLUHC, acting as the strategic lead for all planning casework decisions including briefing Ministers, working closely with a variety of national stakeholders and the Planning Inspectorate.

Before that, Emma was Development Manager at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council where she had her own caseload of strategic and controversial sites as well as responsibility for a team of professional planning, enforcement and landscape officers. One of her primary roles was working closely with Borough Councillors, advising them on their planning decisions and training them on a variety of topics.

She has extensive experience in planning appeals from written representations through to high profile public inquiries and acting as an expert witness.

She also has considerable knowledge in all matters relating to planning enforcement in a variety of settings and has given expert evidence at the High Court in connection with Judicial Reviews and Injunction proceedings.

Emma has a keen interest in all aspects of Rural Planning.

Away from work, Emma enjoys everything about the outdoors whatever the weather and spends time on walking holidays in Scotland and the Peak District, taking her dog to the coast and gardening.


Reneeta Halford

Reneeta graduated from college with outstanding results in Office Administration.

Reneeta worked for an estate agent gaining knowledge in the property sector and this ignited her passion for modern and traditional buildings.

Originally from Australia Reneeta has a keen interest in interior design from her extensive job vocations in the textile industry.

Away from work, Reneeta enjoys walking her dog over the rural countryside. Reneeta also enjoys trips away with her family in the caravan to the countryside and beach destinations.

Team Assistants

Sid and Bonnie

Sid & Bonnie

Owned by Judith
Poppy and Zuma

Poppy & Zuma

Owned by Christina


Owned by Emma


Owned by Reneeta

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