Mike Cole

Partner BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI

Mike became a Partner at Bell Cornwell in 2019 and leads our team of Chartered Town Planners based in London. Mike distributes his time between both the London and Hampshire offices and is responsible for developing and managing client relationships companywide; ensuring our high standards of care are upheld.

Mike has worked in the private sector since 2004 and joined Bell Cornwell in 2014 but his career began as a Planning Officer with Hart District Council in 2001. Working in a political environment, often under difficult circumstances, fast-tracked his thorough understanding of the development industry. His expansive knowledge of both private and public planning has enabled him to build respected relationships with local authorities and a strong network of specialist professionals – essential to delivering successful outcomes for his clients.

Mike has comprehensive experience in development management for a broad range of proposals throughout England, in both rural and urban areas. He has a keen interest in Lawful Development Certificates and permitted development rights and specialises in large-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. He is a commercially minded planner whose valuable insight helps to realise any developments’ full potential. Mike’s leadership and professionalism have led to his track record of delivering planning permissions for complex projects, often in high pressure situations.

Mike’s passion for design, human geography and sociology led him to pursue a career in Town Planning. With some encouragement from his careers advisor, he enrolled in a Town Planning and Management degree, followed by a diploma at the University of Nottingham and never looked back. Whilst working at Hart DC, in 2004 Mike was awarded chartered membership to the RTPI.

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