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Meet the team

Established in 2009, Planning Insight has become one of the most dynamic and well-respected planning consultancies in London.

We work with a diverse range of clients both private and commercial, primarily across Greater London and the South East of England. We have built our reputation always offering ‘trusted advice, outstanding service and tailored solutions’ – no matter how big or small the project.

Our dedicated team of highly qualified and friendly professionals, thrive on challenging situations and environments, getting to know our clients on a personal as well as commercial basis, so that we can develop long lasting and effective working relationships.

Position: Founder and Managing Director

Peter Higginbottom

Peter is a highly experienced Chartered Town Planner who has a detailed understanding of a wide range of town planning issues, together with expertise in the management of consents for a range of project types, including private commercial developments and major infrastructure schemes.

Peter specialises in providing advice and obtaining consents on behalf of developers, architects, public sector organisations and contractors, successfully delivering tangible results on behalf of both private and public sector clients. He has led on planning and consents on the Northern Line Extension and Crossrail projects and a number of major residential developments in London.

Peter is currently the Planning and Consents Manager as part of the HS2 Curzon Street Station design team and continues to advise strategic clients on their developments.

Peter is a highly experienced Chartered Town Planner who has a detailed understanding of a wide range of town planning issues, together with expertise in the management of consents for a range of project types, including private commercial developments and major infrastructure schemes.

Peter specialises in providing advice and obtaining consents on behalf of developers, architects, public sector organisations and contractors, successfully delivering tangible results on behalf of both private and public sector clients. He has led on planning and consents on the Northern Line Extension and Crossrail projects and a number of major residential developments in London.

Peter is currently the Planning and Consents Manager as part of the HS2 Curzon Street Station design team and continues to advise strategic clients on their developments.

Position: Associate

Troy Healy

Troy is a Chartered Planner with extensive experience in Planning Enforcement, Infrastructure and Planning Obligations. His previous roles include management of the Enforcement and Building Control service at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Section 106 Officer for London Borough of Hackney.

At present he is working on the Northern Line Extension and a variety of private client projects.

Troy is an invaluable planning expert, able to assist clients facing planning-related prosecutions in the criminal courts. Given his varied work experience, he is also excellently placed to negotiate with local planning officers, in efforts to achieve a non-court disposal of planning disputes.

Troy is a Chartered Planner with extensive experience in Planning Enforcement, Infrastructure and Planning Obligations. His previous roles include management of the Enforcement and Building Control service at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Section 106 Officer for London Borough of Hackney.

At present he is working on the Northern Line Extension and a variety of private client projects.

Troy has proved invaluable as a planning expert able to assist my clients facing planning-related prosecutions in the criminal courts. Given his varied work experience, he is also excellently placed to negotiate with local planning officers in efforts to achieve a non-court disposal of planning disputes. I rate him highly.

Position: Associate Director

Garry Hutchinson

Garry is a Chartered Town Planner with 12 years’ experience in the private sector, the majority of which has been spent working for a large multi-disciplinary property consultancy in Central London. Prior to joining Planning Insight, he worked at a smaller consultancy in London specialising in residential development.

Garry has a wealth of experience across a number of sectors, in particular, working with SME developers to promote and deliver medium scale residential schemes in London and the south-east. Garry specialises in identifying opportunities and providing planning strategies for clients to optimise asset value – achieved through a comprehensive evidenced based approach. In addition to residential planning, he has obtained planning permission for a number of major commercial and mixed-use schemes in Central London. Garry also specialises in Advertising Consent and has obtained consent for numerous large-scale banner and digital advertising proposals across the UK.

Garry has a wealth of experience across a number of sectors, in particular, working with SME developers to promote and deliver medium scale residential schemes in London and the south-east. Garry specialises in identifying opportunities and providing planning strategies for clients to optimise asset value – achieved through a comprehensive evidenced based approach.

Position: Planner

Alex Richards

Alex is a qualified Town Planner and an Associate member of the RTPI. Alex’s initial planning experience was within the London Borough of Newham’s Major Developments Team. After qualifying, he joined an established planning consultancy in south west London. He worked on a range of projects focussing on the London market. Alex enjoys a challenge, particularly where contemporary issues in planning are at the forefront.

He is currently advising on several major residential schemes in Croydon and Essex, as well as promoting a new community building in Newham. He has had experience with office development across London and has had experience with restaurants, pubs and contentious new takeaway outlets. Alex has had experience with all of appeal routes, including several public inquiries.

Alex is a qualified Town Planner and an Associate member of the RTPI. Alex’s initial planning experience was within the London Borough of Newham’s Major Developments Team. After qualifying, he joined an established planning consultancy in south west London. He worked on a range of projects focussing on the London market. Alex enjoys a challenge, particularly where contemporary issues in planning are at the forefront.

Position: Planner

Chris Kirby

Chris Kirby has joined Planning Insight from the London Borough of Southwark and will primarily focus on residential schemes in London and the South East.

Chris also has experience in enforcement at the London Borough of Haringey, and will also be advising clients on such matters including handling planning appeals.

Chris Kirby has joined Planning Insight from the London Borough of Southwark and will primarily focus on residential schemes in London and the South East.

Councils we’ve worked with

  • Arun
  • Babergh
  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Barnet
  • Birmingham
  • Brent
  • Brentwood
  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • Chester
  • City of Westminster
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Harlow
  • Harrow
  • Havering
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester
  • Redbridge
  • Richmond
  • South Kesteven
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Wandsworth
  • Windsor & Maidenhead

Councils we’ve worked with

  • Arun
  • Babergh
  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Barnet
  • Birmingham
  • Brent
  • Brentwood
  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • Chester
  • City of Westminster
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Harlow
  • Harrow
  • Havering
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester
  • Redbridge
  • Richmond
  • South Kesteven
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Wandsworth
  • Windsor & Maidenhead