Newsflash! Spring 2020 Update

Spring is in the air and despite the challenging times we are all facing, we want to reassure clients (old and new) that here at LP Planning we are remaining positive and focused and working through this. The current challenges won’t last forever and the economy will bounce back, and all of us and our businesses will be more robust and stronger as a result.

Our staff are working from home and making site visits, whilst following government advice on social distancing. The messages we have received to date from the local planning authorities, who we work closely with, is that their planning officers are continuing to work from home and are as determined to keep processing planning applications, appeals etc. as we are to keep the economy running.

So please be assured that as far as possible, it is ‘business as near normal’ and we are happy to help. If you have an enquiry about a possible new job, please call:

Charlotte Watkins (Director)

or alternatively

Ian Bowen (Principal Planning Consultant)

01249 461869

Our Specialist Team

Charlotte Watkins


Charlotte established LP Planning in 2006 after being employed in both the public sector as a planning officer for what was North Wiltshire District Council and in the private sector as a consultant. She now has 20 years of experience and knowledge of the planning sector. Charlotte is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She is honest, professional and passionate about planning. Charlotte is dedicated to promoting Town and Country Planning as a career for young people. She has run workshops in local schools and colleges on planning and construction and also hosted many work experience placements. Outside work Charlotte enjoys spending time with her young family. Her interests include sustainable living, cycling and running. Her goal is to one day complete an Ironman (Woman) event!

Rosa Vizor

Office Manager

Rosa is the Office Manager in the company and Personal Assistant to the Director Charlotte. She also supports the team so the business can run efficiently and effectively which leads to giving our clients an exceptional, high quality service.

Alongside her role, Rosa makes sure the busy office runs smoothly so the team are working at their best and all are happy. She has had a long career of over 23 years and has a wealth of experience in Financial Services, Residential Mortgages, Commercial Lending and in the Estate Agency sector with administrative, HR and Management responsibilities.

Rosa enjoys traveling, spending time with her young family, her busy social life, music festivals and keeping fit.

Debbie Silver

Planning Assistant

Debbie joined us in 2015 and has since completed a Town Planning Apprenticeship to develop and expand her planning knowledge. Debbie is our in-house planning assistant and she works closely alongside our professional planners supporting their day to day work on all projects. She helps behind the scenes in carrying out research, tracking and monitoring the progress of all our planning applications and appeals and liaising with clients and local authorities. Debbie is patient, supportive and reliable. In her spare time Debbie enjoys walking and visiting National Trust properties with her family. She enjoys reading is also very creative and knits for friends, family and charitable causes. For fitness and relaxation, Debbie enjoys Yoga.

Nick Arnold

Architectural Services

Nick has been practicing independently in the architectural industry for 10 years following 21 years with WHSmith, 3 years with Waterstone’s and 7 years with Mid counties Co-op. This gives Nick a wide range of experience from High St retail, bereavement services, food supermarkets, industrial developments, agricultural and equine projects as well as numerous residential developments. Outside work, Nick is married with 2 married daughters (and one grandchild) and is involved with the church, enjoys cycling, walking, badminton and skiing. Nick also volunteers with both the Swanage Railway and the National Trust.

Rebecca Taylor Bsc Msc MRTPI

Associate Planning Consultant

Rebecca is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Having spent her early career in local government as a planning officer at Kennet District Council and a senior planning officer at Wiltshire Council, Rebecca moved into the private sector and now provides consultancy work for LP Planning. She has a range of planning experience including residential, equestrian, commercial and agricultural developments. Rebecca is enthusiastic, approachable and dynamic. She approaches all projects with an open mind and strives to find the best outcome for our clients. Outside of work Rebecca enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family.

Ian Bowen BA(Hons) BTP(DIST) MRTPI

Associate Planning Consultant

Ian has been a chartered town planner for nearly 25 years. Immediately prior to joining, Ian was a Planning Inspector determining a wide range of planning appeals. This followed a career in local government and, most recently, he headed up planning services at a district council in Somerset. Throughout his career, Ian has had a particular focus on developing planning strategies across England and Wales, striving to make planning accessible to developers and communities. Away from work he loves cycling and walking in the great outdoors and enjoying the food and culture on offer across the West Country.