About Us

Context Planning Ltd is an independent practice providing informed advice and expertise on all areas of planning.


Delivering Planning
Solutions Effectively

Having worked in both the public and private sectors we have a detailed understanding and experience of how the planning system works. Furthermore we know when and how to engage with relevant decision makers to secure planning consent for development.

As the consultancy is small this allows us to be very competitive on pricing because we don’t have the overheads which larger companies have.

We pride ourselves on offering a very personalised service tailored to your needs as a client. At Context Planning you will have one dedicated point of contact and, unlike larger consultancies, it will be the Director assisting you with your project rather than a junior consultant.

​The team is equipped to deal with a range of applications from the smallest household projects up to large scale strategic development.

Our Experience

Mark as the founding member of Context Planning Ltd has over 16 years’ experience within development management as a professional planner, 10 of which have been as a fully chartered RTPI member. Mark began his career working in the former West Wiltshire District Council where he developed an excellent knowledge of the area and the way in which the Council operates.

In 2007 Mark moved to Bath and North East Somerset as a Senior Planner dealing with a number of complex major planning proposals within and outside of the city. Mark specialised in delivery of residential, commercial, hotels and care homes. Mark then moved on to manage planning and enforcement teams before being promoted to the role of Group Manager for Development Management, assuming responsibility for a team of over 50 individuals across planning, conservation, enforcement and registration departments. Mark input into all of the largest planning projects emerging within Bath before leaving to establish Context Planning Ltd.

Mark is a regular speaker delivering training on behalf of the RTPI and his team won a number of national planning awards for the speed, quality and professionalism of the services they offer. Mark has himself attended No.10 Downing Street to advise the Department for Communities and Local Government (as was) on how to increase the speed of decision making within planning departments.

Mark also has an excellent track record acting as a planning consultant. He has undertaken numerous projects ranging from householder developments up to major planning projects with a focus in the South West within Wiltshire, Mendip, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. He has also worked on projects in South Wales, Berkshire and London.

Due to his diverse experience Mark brings a unique perspective and understanding of planning and how the system operates both locally and nationally and he uses this to secure the best possible results for his Clients. As a modestly sized business Mark is able to offer a highly tailored and effective individualised approach, offering clear lines of communication with his Clients and excellent project management at highly competitive prices.

Context Planning Ltd
Cambridge House
Henry Street

(01225) 920452

Planning Consultancy Services