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Rural Planning Expert

Rural Planning Expert

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.


I carefully followed the instructions and now have a Twitter link after my email signature. This means that if I wrote to you this afternoon you would be able to click on the logo and return to this page. And repeat until dizzy. That's progress.

Mr Pritchard (see below) may be on to something, though he needs to understand the difference between green belt and green field. There is no green belt round Newport.

MP accuses Shropshire council of 'environmental vandalism on an unprecedented scale' | Planning Resource https://t.co/FDslZnGAF5

In two minds about whether I can claim a hat-trick. Two permitted development barns were 'nodded through'; then the next one was a farm track. Well, they were all done as Part 6 agricultural schemes. What's the harm? My reward is a luxury pud.

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