AssetSphere, headed up by Richard Edge and Alex Orttewell, is a highly reputable, independent and specialist rural property consultancy that advises farmers, landowners, government agencies and utility companies, to manage their assets and maximise returns.
Having worked collaboratively for over 10 years Chris, Richard and Alex are delighted to work together on a number of complex sites that complement their geographic coverage and areas of expertise.
As a small, well-connected and highly experienced consultancy, PlanningSphere is able to offer the same professional planning skills you might find in larger corporate consultancies, but with a more personal, cost-effective and responsive level of service.
Our core approach is to understand our clients’ business and land interests, and deliver creative solutions that enhance value and promote sustainable development.
We usually adopt the role of lead consultant, and work in partnership with (or co-ordinate the input of) other like-minded property professionals and technical consultants. In situations where clients choose to take the lead and proactively manage projects themselves, we can work as part of their wider team.
Many of our planning projects take place in the Bath and Mendip areas, and around the A350 corridor in Wiltshire. However, we are also working further afield on sites in London, Sussex, Hampshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Teesside.
PlanningSphere at a glance
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Chris Beaver BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI
During the 1990s, Chris worked in property valuation and planning roles within central and local government. This public-sector experience provided a deep insight into public service and the various processes that influence the planning system.
In 2001, he joined a Bath-based architectural practice and established an in-house planning consultancy team that subsequently grew to function as a planning consultancy in its own right. In 2008, he became a director of a nationwide planning consultancy, and went on to relocate its Bath office to Bristol and become head of a team of 17 property professionals.
These private-sector roles gave Chris valuable experience of commercial and corporate planning across the region, and have influenced the responsive, client-centric approach to planning consultancy that underpins PlanningSphere’s bespoke planning services.
Claire Durbin BA (Hons) MA MRTPI
Her ability to adapt to new challenges and rapidly absorb new information is coupled with a determined focus on delivery. She has excellent analytical, research, report writing and problem solving skills. She also has considerable experience of dealing with complex planning and legal issues, and is highly adept at getting to the heart of difficult planning problems and resolving conflicting priorities.
Outside of her work at PlanningSphere, Claire enjoys art, knitting and crochet, and is one of only 15 people from around the world who have been selected to be a volunteer ambassador for the knitting brand, Rowan Yarns.
Sandra Tuck BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI
Before entering the town planning profession, Sandra worked for more than 20 years with the community and non-profit sector, advising private and public sector clients on partnership development and community engagement.
She has excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills, enabling her to effectively coordinate technical consultant teams and liaise with local authority planning officials to achieve successful outcomes.
Sandra has a lifelong interest in ecology and wildlife conservation, and enjoys hill walking and gardening.