Here we get to know more about our second new London recruit Sarah. We discuss where her planning journey began and how she ensures all of her clients are looked after.
How long have you been a planner and have you always wanted to be one?
I have been a planner for 10 years now, and Chartered for over 5 years. I knew I wanted to be a planner after enjoying geography so much throughout school and university!
Where did your planning career begin?
I worked in two different local authority planning departments in Hertfordshire for the first 7 years, where I gained invaluable experience in both development management and policy teams. In 2014 I moved to a surveying firm to be an in-house town planner. This was my first taste of the private sector, advising farmers and landowners on the nitty gritty of rural planning, as well as site promotion and strategic planning.
You have recently started with Bell Cornwell, what is it you enjoy about the company so far?
I enjoy the variety of the work that comes across the desk as well as the wide geographical area we cover.
You deal with many clients on many a wide range of projects, how do you ensure that each client is dealt with personally?
I like to understand exactly what the client is hoping to achieve, whether it’s a householder extension or a new commercial building. I will also base my advice on the planning history and the strategy for development.
From your previous experience, why would you recommend hiring a planner?
Apart from interpreting the extensive range of legislation, regulations and national and local planning policies, a planner is an intermediary with the local authority we will negotiate and level with planning officers on your behalf with the aim of securing the best outcome.