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SF Planning Limited

Limited Company | www.sfplanning.co.uk

SF Planning Limited
12 Royal Crescent
GL50 3DA

Telephone: 01242 231575
Contact: Mr Mark Godson

Email: mark@sfplanning.co.uk

Website: www.sfplanning.co.uk


SF Planning Limited
12 Royal Crescent
GL50 3DA

Telephone: 01242 231575
Contact: Mr Mark Godson

Email: mark@sfplanning.co.uk

Mr Simon Firkins BA (Hons) MTP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Simon Firkins

Following graduation from the University of Manchester in 1996 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Town and Country Planning and a Master of Town Planning; Simon started his career in Local Government. Simon has almost five years experience working in the Development Control function of both rural and urban planning authorities, latterly at a senior level. Simon is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and also has more than ten years of experience of planning in the private sector, previously as an Associate, prior to establishing SF Planning Limited in 2005. Simon has a wide range of experience from complex listed building projects to large scale development proposals. Outside of work, Simon is a keen squash player and currently plays in Gloucestershire Premier League.

Mr Mark Godson BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Mark Godson

Mark has over fourteen years of planning experience, and having graduated from the University of Southampton in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Geography, he started his career with Cotswold District Council. Mark achieved an MA in Town and Country Planning from the University of the West of England in 2003, quickly followed by membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. In 2004 he joined Cheltenham Borough Council where he was a Senior Planner for 4½ years before joining SF Planning Limited in May 2008. Mark has a wealth of planning experience, such as major town centre regeneration schemes and urban extensions, through to individual dwellings and householder schemes. When not at work, Mark is enjoying family life with his wife, and two children.

Mrs Becky Brown BA(Hons) DipTRP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Mrs Becky Brown

Becky has a wealth of experience in all areas of the industry, having worked at Cheltenham Borough Council for over six years before moving to the private sector. Becky has been working as a planning consultant for nine years, is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and is an active Member of the Association of Women in Property (South West Branch).

Mrs Racheal Lark  [ E-mail ]

Racheal has over 7 years of experience of both the pubic and private sectors. She joined Tewkesbury Borough Council in 2006 where she worked for 4 years dealing with householder schemes, individual dwellings, listed building consent and minor applications. Prior to this, Racheal worked for a private planning consultancy. Racheal has recently completed her final year at Cardiff University where she hopes to gain an MSc in Planning Practice and Research. Outside of work, Racheal enjoys music and is a keen pianist.


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


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Business and Science Parks, Car Parking / Access, Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises, Offices, Working from Home


Conservation Areas, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Country Parks, Environmental Impact Assessments, Green Belt, Rural Regeneration, Visual Impact Assessments




Distribution and Warehousing, Offices



Health Planning

Health Centres, Hospital, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, House Extensions, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing


Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Mobile Phone Masts, Technological Industry


Appeals, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Core Strategies, Development Briefs, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, EIP (Examination in Public), Local Plans, Planning Strategies, Statements of Community Involvement

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events, Planning for Real ™, Public Participation, Schools / Community Buildings


Land Availabiltiy Studies, Site Appraisals, Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Change of Use, Factory Outlet Centres, Out of Town Sites, Retail Impact Studies, Shops, Supermarkets, Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure

Amusement Centres, Caravan Parks / Camping Sites, Cinemas, Family Entertainment Centres, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Golf Courses, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Parks, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Rambling, Restaurants, Sport & Recreational Strategies, Stadiums, Swimming Baths, Tourism, Wildlife Centres / Zoos


Travel Plans

Urban Regeneration

Brownfield Sites

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      9
Total Professional Staff      7
Chartered Town Planners      5

SF Planning Limited

SF Planning Limited is a chartered Town and Country Planning Consultancy offering professional advice to developers, landowners, the business community, public organizations and private individuals.

Based in Cheltenham, we work throughout the South West and Midlands regions; and further afield as and when required.

SF Planning offers a truly personal and professional service. As a company of MRTPI planning consultants we are capable of managing all the planning aspects of your project, or offering advice on any individual part of it.

We will always strive to provide what we consider is our best guidance, even if that sometimes means we do not achieve an instruction as a result.

We work in all areas of planning, including the project management of applications and appeals (written representations, hearing and public inquiries), site appraisals and development potential, Development Plan representations seeking to influence planning policy, enforcement work and certificates of lawful development.

We are accredited as a Smarter Planning Champion by the Planning Portal and are comfortable with urban and rural projects of all sizes in all sectors of the development industry – residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use, hotel and leisure, retail, care homes, conservation and listed buildings, equestrian and farm diversification projects for example.

Our work

SF Planning Limited is very proud to have worked on some exciting and interesting projects over the years within the public and private sector. The following a just a small number of examples:

Gloucester Academy: Development of a new £18m school and sports facilities

AONB Replacement Dwelling: A contemporary replacement dwelling in the Cotswold AONB.

Pittville Crescent: Application and subsequent appeal for 12 apartments in the Cheltenham Central Conservation Area.

Cotswold District Council: Expert planning witness for the Council at a major public inquiry for 300 dwellings at Moreton in Marsh testing 5 year housing supply, and emerging Government policy.

Contact us

For further details on how we might be able to assist with your project please send us an email or give us a call.