Iestyn John


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Delivering planning permissions for challenging schemes across the South West


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Iestyn John has been a Partner at Bell Cornwell since 2015 and provides planning advice across all the main development sectors. As part of his work, Iestyn manages business operations and leads our Exeter team.


Iestyn has considerable experience of working on a wide range of project types including those within the care, leisure and tourism, commercial and residential sectors. Iestyn acts for a wide range of clients including a number of landed estates, major developers and investors.

Iestyn’s work within one of the most sensitive parts of the UK means that he has developed a particular expertise in finding solutions for sites in difficult locations, having worked on a large number of projects in areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks and around the many lengths of protected coastline found in the South West. A background in urban regeneration also means that Iestyn is well placed to advise on complex brownfield developments with this experience having been put to good use in support of a number of major urban schemes in the area.


Iestyn has worked in the private sector since 1996, serving a large variety of clients with their equally diverse projects. Prior to joining Bell Cornwell in 2010, Iestyn worked for DTZ, a major property advisory firm, and for Barton Willmore in central London, as well as for property consulting practices in Oxford and Manchester.


Iestyn graduated with a degree in Geography from Northumbria University before going on to complete a Master of Arts in Environmental Planning at Nottingham University. He is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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Iestyn’s Insight

We wouldn’t have got the scheme through without your planning expertise, problem solving abilities and professionalism, especially when engaging with the council planning team. Thank you for your unwavering support and for answering all my questions over the last couple of years.

Dean Sarson


St Leonard’s Church Hall – Devon

A heartfelt thank you for the diligent and efficient way you conducted every element of our planning application and took it through to a successful appeal. We were very impressed with the way that you so quickly helped us solve a long-standing problem.

John Wicksteed


Polhawn Fort – Cornwall