Meet the XL Planning Team
Following his time serving in the Royal Navy, Glenn is now a professional planner with over 15 years of experience in both private practice and local authority. Glenn holds a BA Hons Degree in Town and Country Planning and a Masters Degree in Spatial Planning. His strengths are mediation and negotiation, as well as having an in depth understanding of the planning and enforcement system through his time as a Planning Enforcement Officer. These roles combined help to achieve the best solution that works for the client as well as the local authority. In his spare time Glenn can be found on the rugby pitch – too old to play, he now enjoys coaching and refereeing.
Tracey joined the Team in December 2020 after leaving a career in HR and Training and Development. Tracey works as an Office Administrator alongside Wendy and Simone dealing with all administration tasks from initial telephone enquiries through to decisions on your planning application. We regularly monitor the progress of any applications to enable potential issues to be dealt with promptly and to update our clients throughout their planning journey. Tracey has a wealth of experience in HR, Leadership, Training and Development which assists the smooth running of the office. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys travelling across the South West and the UK in her VW Campervan and going to Center Parcs.
Specialist Planning Consultant
John has a wealth of knowledge from working for 20 years as a Planning Enforcement Officer across various Local Planning Authorities. We are very pleased that John joined our team in 2017 to bring his knowledge and skills to further enhance the experience that we can offer our clients, now having over 25 years of experience. John is an avid supporter and season ticket holder of Bristol City Football Club.
Dan began working with XL Planning in 2019 following 5 years, first as a Part 2 Architectural assistant, then as an Architect at Purcell. Dan has a wide range of expertise across a variety of sectors including residential, cultural and places of worship. He has a keen interest in new design in historic context and has worked on a large number of projects involving listed buildings and landscapes. A key project he was involved in while at Purcell was the replacement of the toll houses at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the scheme also involved the restoration of the remaining original toll booths. Dan has also spent time working at Hopkins Architects and Leslie Jones Architects in London, and Caroe and Partners in Wells.
Dan is a keen cyclist and enjoys the feeling of flying down hills, not so much the pain of climbing back up again. He spends as much time outside as possible and is a qualified bushcraft and wilderness living instructor.
Wendy joined the team after leaving a career of more than 20 years in HR. Wendy works alongside her colleagues Tracey and Simone, dealing with all aspects of your application from the initial enquiry through to when the decision is issued. She is responsible for the administration of the planning applications; ensuring the applications are dealt with in a timely manner. Progress is regularly monitored to enable potential issues to be dealt with promptly. Wendy has a wealth of experience in HR and Leadership and ensures the office is kept organised. In her spare time, Wendy can be found restoring her home with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.
Simone joined the administration team in 2021 and works alongside Wendy and Tracey. With a background of Rural Estate Management, Events Management and Office Administration, Simone is a highly organised, and is now using her wealth of experience to deal with all aspects of applications that are bought to us, starting with your initial enquiry right though to when a decision has been issued, ensuring all clients and colleagues have been updated along the way. In her spare time Simone looks after her young son and her cat, Nigella Lawson.
Lucy joined the team in 2020 having worked in Planning for 18 years with 16 years at Mid Devon District Council with 12 years as an Area Team Leader. Lucy is a Chartered Town Planner and holds an undergraduate degree in Geographical Science and a Master’s degree in Town and Country Planning. Lucy has an extensive knowledge of the Planning system and a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of planning applications and appeals from smaller householder applications to large scale residential and industrial developments. Lucy enjoys bringing her planning experience and in depth knowledge of the planning system together with the aspirations of clients to find a development solution that achieves the aims of both our clients and the Local Planning Authority. Lucy is a very keen runner and rower and spends as much time as possible outside with her family either running, paddle boarding, sea swimming, cycling or walking.
Naomi joined the team as a graduate planner in 2018. Naomi holds a BA Hons Degree in Geography and a Masters Degree in Planning. Naomi has an extensive knowledge of the planning system and a proven track record in delivering planning approvals and appeals. In her spare time Naomi plays table tennis and has even played for the England Team.
Gabby joined the team in 2022, having previously worked on large infrastructure projects for WSP for three years as a Graduate Planner and worked up to a Planning Consultant. Gabby has an MSc in Planning and a BA (Hons) in Geography from The University of Plymouth and is working towards qualifying as a Chartered Town Planner. Gabby cares about balancing the needs of the clients and the Local Planning Authority to create successful outcomes. Gabby enjoys many sports outside of work, including netball, rounders and tennis.
Alison joined the team in 2019. Alison specialises in dealing with building regulations drawings and applications, as well as planning drawings. Alison holds a Diploma in Surveying from Reading University.
Architectural Designer / Building Regulations Specialist
Since 2016, XL Planning Ltd. have been pleased to partner with Ian who has his own design company – Ian Darling Design. Ian has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. Initially Ian worked his way up as a construction project manager until 2006 when he formed his own design company, graduating the same year. Ian holds two degrees – a BA Degree in Environmental Building Design and Town and Country Planning as well as a Bachelor of Engineering Degree. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Technology Management, combining project management and building design. He holds certificates and diplomas in CDM 2015 compliance, COSHH, Fire Safety, Legionella Awareness, Safeguarding and Health and Safety. In his spare time, Ian enjoys eating cheese and drinking real ale.
Andy has been working alongside XL Planning since early 2021 carrying out measured building surveys, producing existing and proposed plans for a wide variety of Planning Applications and also producing detailed technical drawings for Building regulations approval.
Andy has over 12 years’ experience work in a various sectors from MOD, Large commercial buildings to large scale residential developments.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his young family and going for the occasional run.
Myles is an aspiring future architect. As a recent part one architectural graduate with a Batchelors of science in architecture from UWE.
He is currently working to completing his part one practical experience at XL to start a master’s Level apprenticeship with XL in his journey to becoming an ARB certified architect.
Previously working before joining XL upon the completion of his degree, he enjoys climbing including bouldering at the hanger in Exeter.
Lisa joined the team in 2022, having previously worked for Sedgemoor District Council for 7 Years, firstly as a Planning Apprentice and then as a Planning Officer. Before becoming a planner Lisa worked in the television industry. Lisa has an undergraduate degree in Media and Cultural Studies, an Apprenticeship in Town Planning and is working towards becoming chartered with the RTPI. Lisa enjoys working with clients to create the perfect development to meet their needs.
Lisa is a keen horse rider and loves to exercise (she is also a qualified personal trainer), when she is not chasing after her two children and Bisley the dog.