Mike Cole


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Providing planning solutions for complex proposals in both rural and urban areas


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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 comprehensive experience in development management for a broad range of proposals 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 insight can help to realise a developments’ full potential.


Mike has worked in the private sector since 2004 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 understanding of the development industry. His 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 graduated with degree in Town Planning and Management and went on to receive a diploma from the University of Nottingham. Whilst working at Hart DC he was awarded chartered membership to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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Mike’s Insight

Thank you for your professionalism, courtesy and understanding in achieving the required permission – a result, in truth, beyond my wildest expectation.

Mark Taylor

Land/Estate Owner

Hatt Common – Berkshire