Collective Community Planning - Planning Consultants based in Norfolk.

About Us

Our core values as a business are:

To inspire people and communities.

Be innovative in our approach.

Have integrity in everything we do.

Meet the Team

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Lousie Cornell - Collective Community Planning
Louise Cornell

Louise has over 18 years experience in strategy and policy development including planning, transport planning, corporate services and health and social care services. This includes significant experience working in the public sector as a change manager. 

In recent years Louise has built up significant expertise in supporting communities to develop Neighbourhood Plans, advising on all aspects of policy development.

Louise is currently a Trustee at Sapientia Education Trust and was previously Chair of Governors for Rockland St Mary and Surlingham Primary Schools, supporting their journey from Requires Improvement to Good.

Ruth Harris

Ruth has over 16 years’ experience working in the planning sector having started her career completing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for wind farms. Nurturing her passion for all types of renewable energy projects. Her diverse planning background has led Ruth to deal with several contentious projects, including greenfield sites and ones within the open countryside. 

Ruth has a BSc in Animal Science and Conservation and a MA in Town Planning; the benefit of an ecological background has enabled her to be able to apply this when carrying out site assessments and feasibility appraisals. Ensuring that prospective proposals meet their maximum potential without causing significant or detrimental harm to the environment. 

A licentiate member of the RTPI, Ruth is aiming to achieve her Town Planning Chartership this year, further developing her skills base as a planner.

Mark Thompson

Mark has a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of York and an M.SC in Transportation from the University of Nottingham. He has a very diverse work experience. For 6 years he was a Government behavioural scientist, first with the Ministry of Defence and then with the Department for Transport. For the next 5 years he worked in the field of road safety and accident investigation before moving into transport strategy, including being Head of Transport Strategy at Norfolk County Council where he was responsible for strategic transport planning, the development of the Local Transport Plan, and working with the Local Planning Authorities to integrate planned transport improvements and investment with the local planning process, particularly the distribution of growth. 

He was a founding partner of Small Fish Strategy Consultancy in 2006, providing advice and support for local authorities across the East and South-East of England on transport planning and on local plans, including playing a key role in preparing the Minerals and Waste Local Plan for Norfolk. In 2012 he decided to focus his expertise on planning, supporting a variety of the more challenging planning applications, ranging from minor applications for small local builders to complex applications for new mineral workings. 

Since 2014 he has developed invaluable experience in developing Neighbourhood Plans, complementing his on-going work securing planning permission for challenging residential developments. Recently he provided pro-bono advice to Birmingham City Council and a residents partnership board on the regeneration of a 1960s council estate, the most deprived neighbourhood in Birmingham. He has also been a Trustee on the board of a local charity as well as Chair of Governors at a local primary school in South Norfolk.

His areas of expertise include:

Katie Jayne Evans

Katie has four years experience working closely with neighbourhood plans and policy development. Before starting with CCP in February 2022, Katie worked at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in the planning policy team supporting ten neighbourhood plans in the later stages of their development from Regulation 16 to Referendum/Adoption; and more in their early preparations.

Katie has a BSc in Anthropology & Geography and an MA in Chartered Town Planning. She is in the later stages of finishing her MA Chartered apprenticeship heading through the EPA gateway with the RTPI. In November 2022 she joined the RTPI East of England Young Planners Committee which provides a forum within which aspiring young planners in the area can develop their interest in planning. This includes contributing to ideas and events where planners can share their wealth of knowledge and research within the field. She is currently planning an event around Nutrient Neutrality.  

As well as this Katie takes part in a few volunteering roles to build on her knowledge and skills in other fields. She is currently a volunteer on the Norfolk Ponds Project and is a reserves volunteer with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Holmes Dune Nature Reserve. She has a keen interest in several topics including conservation, health and wellbeing, sustainable transport and greenways, green/blue infrastructure and helping communities thrive with engaging and collaborating positively in the planning world. 

Helen Pearson

Helen is an administration and events manager with 20 years of experience across a variety of public sector organisations at parish, county and national levels.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys walks in countryside and testing out new recipes on friends and family.

Giving something back

We donate a percentage of our profits to charities and community organisations local to us. Currently we are supporting The Trussell Trust to help end food poverty, and are assisting children and young people through support to The Benjamin Foundation and Nelson’s Journey.