David Collier has been a Chartered Town Planner since 1986. He had more than three decades’ experience with the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (the NFU), and for ten years served as the NFU’s national Planning Adviser. His most recent spell in the role was in 2013, giving him a head start on the detail of concessions allowing conversion of certain farm buildings without the need for express planning permission. Since entering private practice he has dealt with prior approval applications for Class Q (agricultural to residential), Class R (agricultural to commercial) and Class PA (light industrial to residential).
In addition to being a corporate (full) Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), David is a Member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (MBIAC).
David Collier was brought up on a mixed farm in rural Staffordshire and went to school in Penkridge and Lichfield before studying Town Planning in Leeds and London. He has both undergraduate and postgraduate planning qualifications, though he strives to avoid jargon and to keep explanations as straightforward as possible.
Among his other roles working for the NFU, David was Regional Director in the West Midlands for nine years, and spent more than 12 years based in York advising NFU members in northern England.
David Collier Rural Planning works with other specialists to ensure that the client has the expertise required to overcome the challenges of site and location.