Bell Cornwell celebrates 30 years!

30th August 2017

As we look back over the last 30 years and the milestone we have just achieved it is safe to say we have come a long way. We are regarded as one of the market leaders in the planning industry and this is something we take great pride in. We have worked hard to achieve this reputation and continue to work hard to maintain it whilst sticking to our core values as a business.

Founding partner Graham Bell remains with the company and has seen the business grow to 24 employees, expand to 4 offices, promote 3 new partners and build up a successful client base all in the space of 3 decades!

Plans for the Future

The planning industry has definitely changed the way that it operates over the last 3 decades and this is something we have always been open to and adapted the business to. From the way that appeals and applications are submitted to the time scales for approvals and appeals.

Over the next 30 years with new partners Michael de Courcy, Rebekah Jubb and Iestyn John taking the business forward and with the planning industry getting busier we envision more steady growth as a company, taking on more members of staff and potentially expanding on our office locations to allow us to cover more of the UK.

We also look to build connections with new industry professionals and work with them to achieve successes on more plans to benefit the local people. As planning has such a great impact on local communities we always take great care in how we handle each plan and always aim to provide great benefits.

Whilst company growth will be happening we always stick to our values by providing the same level of quality realistic advice with a personalised service to all clients.

History of Bell Cornwell

The practice was founded in 1986 by Linda Saunders, Graham Bell and John Cornwell. Initially based in Basingstoke, within 3 years the business had expanded so rapidly that the decision was taken to move to larger premises in Hook – Oakview House – where we are still based today.

In 1987, Bell Cornwell employed its first senior planner – Ian Sowerby – who is still with the company, having worked his way up through the ranks to become one of the present group of partners.

As the company grew, staff numbers expanded to handle the ever-increasing number of varied development projects with which we were involved, so in 2007 our second office opened in Exeter, followed by Amersham in 2008 and our London office in 2016.

Each office represents a unique milestone and we are proud to have achieved this level of expansion and geographic coverage. There are now 24 members of staff spread across the four offices: we have definitely achieved a lot in 30 years.

Over the last 30 years, the planning and development sector has changed in the way that it operates, including the way that appeals and applications are submitted and the time scales involved. This is something we have embraced and the business has adapted and responded accordingly.

Looking ahead to the next three decades, with new partners taking the business on and the planning industry getting busier, we envisage further steady growth, taking on more professional staff and expanding on our office locations to allow us to cover more of the UK.

As we celebrate our 30th year in business, we appreciate that our continued success is principally due to our commitment to consistently demonstrate a clear, realistic, approach to planning-related matters, whilst ensuring that we provide our clients with a personalised service.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has worked with us over the last 30 years to enable Bell Cornwell to get to where we are today…we certainly couldn’t have done it without you!

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