Claremont Planning's objective is to be recognized as one of the leading independent planning consultancies in the UK – everything we do has this in mind.

Claremont Planning's distinction and quality of offer is vitally important and informs the manner that work is approached and the consideration of clients. The core value adopted is to consider a tailored approach for each client and a specific strategy for each project – incorporating new methodologies and approaches when necessary.

Claremont's Values

  • Provide a commitment to achieving the project goal.
  • Apply a persistent approach to realising development.
  • Ensure the aim and objectives of the client are understood.
  • Share knowledge and monitoring of the planning system with our clients.
  • Value our clients and ensure that their expectations are realised.
  • Deliver results alongside value for money.


Katherine Else BSc (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI :
Managing Director

Katherine has over fifteen years of experience in both private and public sector planning fields, advising clients and the public in relation to planning matters for strategic property initiatives for new developments, site by site development potential assessments, preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments, Green Belt development proposals, Housing Land Supply Assessments as well as preparation of Retail Impact Assessments.

Katherine has extensive experience in producing impact assessments for various developments including retail proposals, employment or social benefits and the historic environment. She is adept at negotiations, particularly in regard to overcoming policy conflicts and gaining support from Parish Councils.

Other areas of expertise include Heritage Asset Impact Assessments, Socio Economic Review, Sustainability Appraisals, Land Allocation Promotion and Green Belt Reviews. These inputs culminate in the favourable determination of applications and inform Appeal Submissions when required, including Proofs of Evidence. Katherine has the ability to prepare assessments relating to residential, retail and mixed use proposals to inform a development's promotion or application. The management and co-ordination of large–scale projects is an essential skill that Katherine has perfected, particularly in respect of assessing environmental effects and involving management of a range of professionals from various disciplines and practises. Her work extends across the breadth of planning including development plan promotions, application submissions, public inquiry proceedings, area based studies and the production of Environmental Statements for large-scale developments.

Sara Jones BSc (Hons), BTP, MRTPI :

Sara is a Chartered Town Planner with over twenty years of private sector consultancy experience. Sara provides expert advice on matters in relation to town planning and development promotion. She has particular expertise in planning strategy, application project co-ordination and strategic promotion. She has a proven track record of delivering planning solutions in a variety of areas, including within the residential, industrial/distribution and education sectors.

Sara joined Claremont Planning following a successful career working in national property and planning consultancies. Immediately prior to joining Claremont Planning, Sara worked for 7 years at Delta Planning where she helped to establish the practice. Sara has applied her experience and knowledge to a variety of wide-ranging projects and uses her report writing and research skills to support development proposals.

She has extensive experience in achieving site allocations and she has worked with a variety of public and private sector clients to prepare, co-ordinate and negotiate planning applications including large scale EIA development. She has excellent links with a variety of consultants and architects and uses her contacts to assist in project co-ordination and team selection. She successfully engages with local members, Planning Officers, Parish Councillors and members of the public in pursuit of community consultation to provide robust planning solutions.

Thomas Ryan BA (Hons) MSc :

Tom provides support to the Directors on projects as well as assessing the suitability of sites for development and informing planning strategies. The production of supporting statements and communicating with Council Officers are a major component of Tom's input, identifying and overcoming policy constraints.

Amy Brookes BSc (Hons) :
Assistant Planner

Amy joined Claremont Planning as an Assistant Planner currently studying towards her RTPI accredited Masters at the University of Birmingham. Amy assists the team with background research on policy frameworks, planning histories and housing calculations. These inform planning appraisals, reports and statements to help support land development opportunities and planning applications. She has also assisted on an appeal site in Birmingham.

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