About Us


Integrity. Expertise. Commitment.

Established in 2011 by Mark Philpot, One Planning Consultants has grown into the trusted and sought-after specialist town planning practice it is today.

Planning has become increasingly complex. Comprehensive and creative solution-orientated advice is key when it comes to achieving a successful outcome.

Our in-depth understanding of local and national planning policy, combined with the ability to align these with our clients’ desired outcome, in a timely manner, are the keys to our success.

At One Planning our team of highly skilled consultants have both the experience and expertise to guide you confidently every step of the way – committed to providing you with the best possible service.

Meet the team

Mark Philpot - Managing Director

Mark Philpot BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI

Managing Director

As a corporate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2002, Mark is actively involved in all new instructions, and brings his considerable experience to bear on many individual projects. He obtained his MSc in Town Planning at the Bartlett School at the UCL in London, having studied Town and Country Planning at Newcastle University prior to this.

Born and raised in Norfolk, Mark spent over a decade working in London within the private sector for a range of West End practices and within local government, before returning to Norfolk to start a family.

As a seasoned expert Mark has been involved in all forms of planning work from large scale infrastructure projects such as the Docklands Light Railway Three-Car Extension Project, large mixed-use urban redevelopment proposals such as the redevelopment of St Mary’s Works, Norwich to smaller scale housing, commercial and leisure development including householder proposals. In a career that spans over 20 years, Mark is able to bring his extensive experience to bear.

In his spare time Mark enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family and is passionate about healthy living, motor cars and always has another DIY project to get off the ground.

Heather Byrne - Associate Planner

Heather Byrne BA (Hons) MPlan

Associate Planner

As a Licentiate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a qualified town planner with over 10 years experience, Heather is involved with all aspects of Development Management and Planning Policy. She gained a Masters in Planning and a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Sheffield.

Heather previously worked as a Planning Officer for Local Planning Authorities (LPA) within Norfolk, and also fulfilled various roles within the private sector as well as undertaking contract work for East Staffordshire Borough Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Heather has managed a wide range of schemes including major and minor residential and care-home developments, agricultural, industrial, retail, renewable energy, screening opinions under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, tourism and community developments. She is also well versed in dealing with planning appeals.

Oliver Ashford - Senior Planner

Oliver Ashford BSc (Hons) MSc

Senior Planner

A Licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute Oliver has Local Authority experience in Planning Enforcement, Development Management and Planning Policy. He gained his MSc in Planning at Anglia Ruskin University having previously achieved a BSc (Hons) at the University of Chester in Geography with History.

With over 6 years’ experience in Local Authority settings he is acutely aware of planning matters that affect East Anglia. Presenting to Planning Committees and Conservation and Design panels as well as speaking at Local Plan examination hearings and supporting cases for the LPA, are all further examples of the range of areas in which he is involved. Preparing technical evidence based documents such as the SHELAA also form part of Oliver’s expertise.

Oliver is based in Suffolk and in his spare time enjoys long walks followed by a good pub visit. He also likes supporting his local football team.