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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.

One thing that caught my eye was the deletion of a reference to ‘innovative’ in the sub-paragraph on isolated new dwellings (now para 80, NPPF); the likely change was flagged up a while ago. It was always problematic, as last year’s cutting edge is next year’s mainstream. 2 of 2.

The NPPF changes likely to interest clients are more emphasis on beautiful buildings (and trees), some tidying up and updating, and new annex on flood vulnerability. And the 'Grand Designs' change. 1 of 2.

It's that time of the year, when ministers and civil servants hit pre-hols deadlines. MHCLG has published changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and final version of its new National Model Design Code, and announced its new design advisory body, the Office for Place.

Jenrick: Post-war urban #planning has 'been a disaster'

I can't help thinking that the housing secretary has a point when he says that at times post-war planning in cities has been a disaster. And not just in England. On our recent tour of Scotland, the only post-war building we sought out was V&A in Dundee.

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