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Mark Heppenstall

Planning Consultant

A former Senior Planning Enforcement Officer, Mark has 14 years of planning experience gained from working in the Planning Department at North Somerset Council. 

Mark is a former member of both NAPE (the RTPI affiliated Network for Planning Enforcement) and the South West Federation of Enforcement Officers.  During his time with North Somerset Council Mark advised on planning and enforcement matters including the various stages of the planning process, resolving enforcement issues, dealing with all types of notices, and undertaking appeal work. 

Mark has also acted as an official witness at Public Inquiry hearings and at prosecution proceedings brought before the courts.

Christopher Burton

Planning Consultant

Our Company at a Glance

Who we are

We offer an informed and straightforward route through the planning system.

Providing a comprehensive, personal, and cost effective planning service which draws on our team's wealth of experience and a commitment to achieve our clients goals.

After many years of working in planning law Amanda Sutherland formed the consultancy in January 2006 to offer clients a more personalised service.  The consultancy began with only one client and a number of contacts and has grown organically to now employing a team of three.

Our client base spans both large commercial organisations to individual householders, and we are proud that we have never had to advertise; clients being referred from other satisfied clients.

Amanda Sutherland

Founder & Director

Amanda has 16 years of experience in Planning and Environmental Law.  Her career has spanned being a solicitor for private law firms as well as for the Environment Agency and Bristol City Council. 

Her knowledge of planning law is extensive, and together with the experience from both sides of the planning process, enables her to deliver the results clients need.

Amanda’s specialities include advising on enforcement issues and Certificates of Lawfulness, appeals (including advocacy), as well as assisting clients in s.106 negotiations.

Amanda is active in the local community being a member of Soroptomists International and supporting local charities.

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Jessica Roberts

​Office Manager


Beatrice Burton

Planning Consultant