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Your Rural Planning Specialists

With offices in Kent and Gloucestershire, we are well placed to cover much of England and Wales with a large amount of our work being in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

Rural scence in the English countryside
About us

We're Here to Help With All Aspects of Rural Planning

The knowledgeable and enthusiastic team includes a variety of backgrounds, from rural land managers to planners with local authority experience. Some of us have an addiction to horses which is useful for the many types of commercial equestrian projects we undertake. We also enjoy the challenge of a listed building or two.

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Your Rural Planning Team

Focused on Delivering Specialised Rural Planning Advice and Solutions.

Judith Norris
Judith Norris
MSc BSc FRICS IHBC FBIAC

BSc (Hons) Estate Management

PGDip Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes

MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings

Having started her practical training as a land agent with Strutt and Parker on the Beaulieu Estate, Judith then worked for the National Trust in Cornwall and the South-East region managing a variety of iconic properties including The White Cliffs of Dover, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, and Cotehele. Judith has found her land management experience including forestry to be an important background to the rural planning work that has been her specialism for over twenty years.

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Her postgraduate training includes a PG Dip in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes, and a Masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings, both from the University of Bath. She is a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation as well as the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants.

Extracurricular activities have included serving on the CLA Policy Committee, and Business and Rural Economy Committee; she chaired the CLA Kent Committee, as well as the CLA’s Planning Working Group and Equestrian Working Group. Judith also served on the Conservation Committee of the Gardens Trust and is a trustee of the Toll Rides Off Road Trust.

Away from work, Judith has never grown out of ponies and this four-legged addiction has led to all sorts of interesting ramifications including breeding sports horses (yet to win Badminton), riding as much as possible including some competing, and trail hunting.

Judith is a passable cook (we all like eating at The Rural Planning Practice), loves walking with her dogs, and continues to lust after a doctorate on a topic related to the Enclosure Acts and their economic and visual impact.

Jo Outram
Jo Outram
MSc BSc FRICS IHBC FBIAC

BSc (Hons) Architecture

MSc Building Conservation

With an honours degree in architecture and a Master’s in Building Conservation, Jo has found a perfect niche working for a planning practice where she can incorporate both of her interests.

Jo is extremely organised, meticulous, and design-conscious, with an eye for detail and an interest in green issues such as sustainable building technologies.

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Jo enjoys using the latest in computer technology to achieve her clients’ goals, whether these relate to private homes and leisure facilities or commercial operations, such as agriculture and equestrian businesses.

Christina Salmon
Christina Salmon
MSc BSc

BSc (Hons)

MSc Urban & Rural Planning

Christina has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and retains a keen interest in all things ancient and prehistoric. Christina also worked for many years in the fields of Careers Guidance and Human Resource Management before discovering a passion for planning in recent years. She holds an MSc in Urban and Rural Planning.

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Christina lives in rural Gloucestershire with her family and menagerie of animals including horses, dogs, chickens, and bees. Away from work, as well as being a taxi driver to her three children, Christina enjoys riding and is lucky to have some amazing countryside to explore on her doorstep. Having grown up on the island of Anglesey, she likes to return to the coast whenever possible and enjoys most water sports.

She is also a member of her local amateur dramatic group, taking to the stage when she can (but is unlikely to win an Oscar anytime soon). Christina also enjoys trips to the theatre to see how the professionals do it.

Sascha Wardley
Sascha Wardley
BA (Hons), MA, MRTPI

BA (Hons)

MA

MRTPI

Sascha has 16 years planning consultancy experience in a range of sectors including housing, tourist and leisure accommodation, student, commercial and specialist older persons accommodation. She has led multi-disciplinary teams to deliver developments of all sizes, ranging from minor residential extensions in the green belt to complex large scale residential-led mixed use developments.

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Sascha is client focused and commercially aware and particularly enjoys providing high quality planning advice and good customer service to a range of clients including householders, landowners, developers, local authorities and housing associations. She is personable and builds good working relationships with local planning authorities to achieve the best outcome for her clients. She has lived in Kent all her life and is perfectly placed to understand the specific needs and aspirations of clients in the area and to find planning solutions to meet these.

Sascha has been a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for over ten years and has supported many planning graduates in gaining their professional accreditation and finds this aspect of the job particularly rewarding.

Away from work, Sascha enjoys renovating houses, entertaining family and friends and walking in the countryside.

Reneeta Halford
Reneeta Halford

Reneeta graduated from college with outstanding results in Office Administration.

Reneeta worked for an estate agent gaining knowledge in the property sector and this ignited her passion for modern and traditional buildings.

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Originally from Australia Reneeta has a keen interest in interior design from her extensive job vocations in the textile industry.

Away from work, Reneeta enjoys walking her dog over the rural countryside. Reneeta also enjoys trips away with her family to the countryside and beach destinations.

Sharon Denson
Sharon Denson
CIMA Cert BA

CIMA Cert

BA

Sharon is a Certified member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Having worked for many years as a Management Accountant and Finance Manager for a wide variety of clients she has extensive experience within the rural sector.

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She has a passion for cloud-based technology and digital accounting systems enabling her to enjoy being able to provide the highest standard of service.

Having had a previous career in the Equestrian Industry, Sharon can often be found mucking out stables and/or riding one of her ex-racehorses who she retrains for Dressage.

Now based in Cornwall where she can fully embrace her love of the countryside, she thoroughly enjoys walking with her dogs along its beautiful coastline.

James Hill
James Hill
BA

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

James is recent landscape architecture graduate developing skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop, and InDesign. He has now moved his studies towards achieving his master’s degree which he does part-time at the University of Gloucester.

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James enjoys spending his time being outside and playing sports. The summer of 2023 James competed at RHS Tatton Flower Show, creating a long border with a thematic approach of sensory, using predominately edible plants and an outstanding 16-year-old semi bonsai apple tree, the border achieved the Silver Gilt award.

During his time at university, he played badminton for the competitive team managing the men’s first team as captain and then club as Vice-Captain. Each year James has played for the University James represented Gloucester at BUCs nationals for the last four years recently making it through to the second round in men’s singles.

The Rural Planning Practice

Team Assistants

Sid

Owned by Judith

Bonnie

Owned by Judith

Rossi

Owned by Judith

Abby

Owned by James

Bowser, Molly, Paxford, Gordon, and Hendrix

Owned by Sharon

Molly

Owned by Reneeta

Poppy

Owned by Christina

Zuma

Owned by Christina

Interested in Joining The Team?

We're always looking for talented people to add value and help grow The Rural Planning Practice, get in touch if you'd like to chat.