I've been involved in neighbourhood planning for over 5 years, and I'm a chartered town planner with 30 years planning experience, working for local authorities and charities. I'm also an accredited examiner with NPIERS, and have undertaken examinations in localities throughout England.


I worked with the RTPI charity Planning Aid supporting communities producing neighbourhood plans (NP) at the beginning of the localism agenda and neighbourhood planning. I now work as an independent planning consultant, trading as LB Planning, and have assisted many town and parish councils, as well as forums, to progress their neighbourhood plans. Every group has finished with a successful outcome so far!


With Bourton Parish Council in North Dorset I provided general support and drew up a report on the site selection process for a new village hall. I also wrote the basic conditions statement, and drafted a response to the examiner for the Parish Council. All written reports can be found online.

With Rode Parish Council in Somerset I worked with the group to produce a Character Assessment of the village, as well as drafting the Plan and undertaking with them a site selection consultation exercise. As usual, my service included advising on process and responses to LPA and examiner queries.  Rode’s Neighbourhood Plan has now been made by Mendip District Council, and documentation can be found on that council’s website

“Liz fitted straight in and hit the ground running. She had soon grasped our particular ambitions for the plan and spent time to listen carefully to any concerns or issues that the group raised. Liz possesses excellent listening skills, these, paired with a sympathetic approach and what I am sure is an encyclopaedic knowledge of the planning system made the process of redrafting our plan far less problematic than it could well have been.”


Other groups supported by myself, and with neighbourhood plans successfully made, include:

  • Lawrence Weston and Old Market (planning forums in Bristol)

  • Bognor Regis and Clymping in Sussex

  • Highworth in Swindon Borough

  • Tetbury and Tetbury Upton in Gloucestershire

Neighbourhood Plan examination reports undertaken by me recently include those for:

  • Cusop for Herefordshire Council

  • Gotherington for Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucestershire

  • Hungarton for Harborough District Council, Leicestershire

  • Lanreath for Cornwall Council

  • Carr House Neighbourhood Development Order in  Cumbria