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David Collier Rural Planning

Sole Practitioner & Associated Consultants | www.collier-ruralplanning.co.uk

25 Roe Deer Green
TF10 7JQ

Telephone: 01952 814827
Mobile: 07925850933
Contact: Mr David Collier

Email: info@collier-ruralplanning.co.uk

Website: www.collier-ruralplanning.co.uk


25 Roe Deer Green
TF10 7JQ

Telephone: 01952 814827
Mobile: 07925850933
Contact: Mr David Collier

Email: info@collier-ruralplanning.co.uk

Mr David Collier MA, Dip TP, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr David Collier

David Collier has been a Chartered Town Planner since 1986. He has more than three decades’ experience with the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (the NFU), and for one of those decades served as the NFU’s national Planning Adviser. His most recent spell in the role was in 2013, so he is up-to-date with the latest developments including the recent changes allowing conversion of certain farm buildings without the need for full planning permission.

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. During that time he assessed more than 90 draft development plans.

He has experience of giving evidence at planning and compulsory purchase inquiries and in the High Court.

His expertise in and experience of rural planning is widely recognised. David is a member of the course advisory panel for the MA/LLM in Planning the Built and Natural Environment at Birmingham City University.


Agricultural Developments, Barn Conversions, Development Applications, Diversification, Estates, Farms, Horticulture, Liveries, Planning & Development, Small Holdings


Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises


Ancient Monuments, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Green Belt, Gypsy / Traveller Sites, National Parks, Rural Regeneration




Affordable Housing, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Objections


Light Industry


Appeals, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Core Strategies, Development Plan Representation, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Renewable Energy


Tourism & Leisure

Caravan Parks / Camping Sites

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      1
Total Professional Staff      1
Chartered Town Planners      1

David Collier Rural Planning specialises in development on or affecting farms and rural estates, including:

  • Planning permission for agricultural buildings and dwellings;

  • Farm diversification;

  • Prior approval for permitted development); and

  • Opposition to development proposals affecting rural areas.

David Collier Rural Planning works with carefully-selected specialists in fields such as building design, highways and ecology to ensure that the client has the expertise required to overcome the challenges of site and location.

Our work for clients includes:

  • Pre-application discussions with the Council to agree on the reports needed and identify any policy concerns.

  • Preparation of the planning application and compilation of accompanying reports.

  • Identifying suitable professionals to provide additional assistance.

  • Preparation of statements on planning policies of relevance and how these will be satisfied.

  • Addressing the Council’s Planning Committee where appropriate and subject to the client’s wishes.

  • Making Development Plan representations or objections.

  • Preparation of appeal documents and where necessary appearing at local hearings or public inquiries.

  • Enforcement notices and appeals – normally in conjunction with the client’s solicitor.

  • Lawful Development and Proposed Development Certificates.

Recent and current projects include:

  • Agricultural buildings and slurry lagoon.

  • Change of use of farm building to industrial.

  • Residential conversion of stable block.

  • Opposition to nearby proposed housing development in villages.

  • Prior notification for residential conversion of agricultural barns.

  • Prior notification for new agricultural buildings.

  • Representations on draft Local Plan.

  • Development of new boarding kennels and cattery in Green Belt.

  • New dwelling to serve equine business in Green Belt.

  • New build farm shop in Green Belt.

  • New garden room in a World Heritage Site and conservation area.

  • Removal of tourism-only condition in conservation area.

  • Removal of agricultural occupancy condition in National Park.

David Collier Rural Planning incorporating Owen Devenport Agricultural - offices in Colwyn Bay, Denbigh and Llangefni.