Each team member brings their own unique area of expertise. With specialist and local knowledge, our team take the time to understand your end goals, project aims and business objectives.

We take a ‘holistic’ view of your development aims and planning brief so that we can recommend solutions that will suit you.



BSc Rural 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. This included 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 Master’s 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, Business and Rural Economy Committee; she chaired the CLA Kent Committee and the CLA’s Planning Working Group and Equestrian Working Group. Judith has also served on the Conservation Committee of the Gardens Trust and is a trustee of the Toll Rides Off Road Trust.

Judith finds work takes quite a lot of her time and thrives on the challenges and the thrills and spills of the planning process, as well as  running a small business.

All work and no play makes for a dull girl; alas 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.

With her long suffering husband Frank, Judith enjoys holidays; it was a major achievement in 2020 to get as far as Cornwall!


BSc (Hons) Architecture, MSc Building Conservation

With an honour’s degree in architecture and a Master’s in building conservation, Jo has found a perfect niche working for a planning practice in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) rich in listed buildings and landscapes.

Well-organised, meticulous, and design-conscious, she has an eye for detail and an interest in ‘green’ issues such as sustainable building technologies. She enjoys using the latest computer technology to achieve her clients’ goals, from private homes and leisure facilities or commercial operations, such as agriculture and equestrian businesses.

She has worked for a London Local Authority, and now for the Rural Planning Practice where she deals with refurbishment, conversions, change of use, new build, and, of course – listed buildings.



MSc Environmental Planning

Faith is a Chartered Town Planner and has many years’ experience in the planning profession, starting her career straight after her A levels working for an authority in Lancashire. Here she not only gained a wealth of experience dealing with all manner of rural and urban issues, but was also able to study part time and achieving an MSc. in Environmental Planning and membership to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Since then Faith has worked for a number of local authorities across the country adding to her experience and knowledge base. Her last local government appointment was with Cotswold District Council. Her experience is not limited to just local authority work, Faith successfully ran her own planning consultancy business dealing with pre-application advice and appeals for private clients.

Faith had a brief time away from planning but still within the property sector.

In her role Faith brings a wealth of experience in planning and an insight into the inner workings of local government planning and puts this to excellent use tenaciously pursuing councils on behalf of our clients.

Away from work Faith enjoys the outdoors, particularly walking her dogs in the lovely Cotswold countryside. She also enjoys fell walking in The Lake District, attending Cheltenham races, skiing and cookery. However, she is not yet up to Master Chef standard so will not be appearing on her favourite show in the near future. Faith is very proud of her greatest achievement- wing walking on a bi-plane despite being terrified of heights!




BA (Hons) Property with Business, MSc Spatial Planning and Development

Alena graduated from University of Westminster gaining an honour’s degree in Property with Business which focused on property valuation and management. This, together with her experience in town planning, she has a good understanding of wider residential and commercial property issues.

After a sabbatical in Spain, on her return to the UK, Alena completed an MSc in Spatial Planning and Development at the University of Reading. She worked for a specialist town planning consultancy where she gained experience on a wide range of projects. This included promotion of strategic housing sites, preparation of evidence and attendance of planning inquiries.

Alena has been exposed to a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial and retail development while working for a large construction led consultancy. She particularly enjoys the challenges of modern and traditional barn conversions, and she like exploring the development potential of redundant sites in both rural and urban locations.

Alena prides herself on building and maintaining positive working relationships with project and design teams, and a wide range of stakeholders.

Away from work, Alena enjoys spending time with her family and tending to her allotment. Alena’s culinary skills are somewhat limited so she will not be seen on any cooking or baking show in the future, but enjoys being with a bunch of birds doing planning.


BA (Hons) Archaeology

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 is currently working towards 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 taxi driver to her three children, Christina enjoys riding and is lucky to have some amazing countryside to explore on her doorstep. 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.

Having grown up on the island of Anglesey,  she likes to return to the coast whenever possible and enjoys most water sports.


BSc International Equine & Agricultural Business Mangement, MSc Rural Estate Management

Anneli is a graduate from the Royal Agricultural University.  Anneli worked as a high goal polo groom then went to Cirencester to study a degree in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, then a Masters in Rural Estate Management.

Now she has found a perfect niche working for a planning practice which can incorporate both of her interests within the rural countryside.

Working as the office administrator and assistant planner,  if she is not busy answering calls and taking enquiries from prospect clients, she is helping the team in Cirencester with any projects they have.

Away from work,  Anneli enjoys days out at Cheltenham Races, polo and also showing her Golden Retriever Isla in breed showing classes.

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Setting up a glamping business
Due to the pandemic, there has been a rise in staycations. We have recently had an increase in enquiries on how to obtain planning permission for glamping sites.
ABRS talk about the effects of the pandemic
The Association of British Riding Schools on will be on BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey tomorrow (Saturday 30th January) talking about the effects of the pandemic on riding schools, trekking centres and livery yards.