Our consultants

Martha James

Martha James MRTPI

Martha James MRTPI obtained her planning degree in 1993 and her postgraduate diploma in Urban Planning in 1994, both from the University of Westminster. She has worked in a variety of local authority planning department roles, and became a chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1999. She set up Plan Research in 2001, and was a professional advisor for the RTPI's Planning Aid service for seven years, from 2004 to 2011. This work involved personally advising more than five hundred clients per year, as well as organising training events for community groups and local councillors.

Martha specializes in agricultural diversification, equine land uses and rural housing issues. She also has considerable experience of enforcement cases, having represented clients to local authorities, solicitors, barristers and the Planning Inspectorate. Martha has represented or advised local authorities at meetings with land owners, at the Magistrates Court and in High Court cases. She has liaised with local government bodies on barn conversion policy, farm diversification and other related rural issues.

Martha advises clients in the South-West and South-East of England, with extensive experience of the individual planning authorities in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London.

Helen Prangley

Helen Prangley MRTPI

Helen Prangley MRTPI obtained her degree in planning studies in 1990 and her postgraduate diploma in Town Planning in 1991, both from Oxford Brookes University. Since then she has worked in local authority planning departments, including policy and development management; in private practice, and academia. More recently she has been providing advice to clients on a wide range of complex planning issues for the RTPI's Planning Aid service. Helen became a chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1993.

Helen advises planning clients in the Midlands and North of England, including Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, and South Yorkshire.

Christine Walker

Christine Walker TECHRTPI

Christine Walker TechRTPI gained her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2009 from Sheffield Hallam University. She has qualifications from the Institute of Legal Executives and a Certificate in Planning Enforcement from the University of Cambridge. Christine also chairs the East Midlands Enforcement Forum and is the deputy representative for the East Midlands for the National Association of Planning Enforcement Officers (NAPE).

She has considerable experience in the field of planning enforcement, having worked in various Local Authorities. Christine has dealt with a large number of planning enforcement appeals including public inquiries and High Court challenges. Christine is a good negotiator and problem solver and specialises in finding a way forward in complex planning cases.

Christine has presented training courses to Parish Councils, to elected District Councillors, Local Authority enforcement officers and planning specialists. She has also assisted many people wishing to sell or buy property to resolve their planning issues.

To contact Plan Research, please phone our local rate number 0845 508 3085.