David joined the ET Planning team in September 2020 as an Associate Planner and has a wealth of experience within the Planning industry, having previously worked for both a National Planning Consultancy and a Local Authority – in fact, Emily Temple, Director and Founder of ET Planning, and David both worked for Wokingham Borough Council at the same time over a decade ago.
Having worked within the Planning industry in the South East and Thames Valley region, David has extensive knowledge of the local area making him an asset to the ET Planning team and his clients.
David advises on large scale residential and commercial projects and has been the lead planning witness in various planning appeals, including for hearings and public inquiries.
David also leads on Land Promotions and Site Identification for ET Planning – a new service available to clients who are looking to promote sites through the Development Plan process, given David’s experience of successfully promoting sites throughout the South East. For example, David recently promoted a strategic site through both the emerging Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan processes for a national housebuilder in South Oxfordshire. He has regularly represented clients in front of an Inspector at Local Plan Examinations in Public.
This new service allows clients to partner with a planning specialist to create an achievable vision for their planning project; giving them access to a bespoke evidenced-based planning strategy, local authority knowledge, market insights, and to make the most of the relationships the planning specialist has built over their career – both with local authorities, local councillors and architects.
David is well placed to support clients with this offering and works with land owners and developers to ascertain good locations to purchase land, and to appraise land for the right development strategy.
Outside of the office, David can often be found catching up on the latest sporting events – particularly football, rugby, formula 1 and golf. David also loves to get to as many music festivals as he can having previously been to Glastonbury, Victorious, Reading, IOW and Bestival. ET Planning have gained a resident DJ and an exceptional planner in David.