Hutchinsons is a small independent planning practice established in 1991, based in Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire and providing a wide range of planning services to private and public sector clients. The practice has a sound reputation for delivering successful outcomes in a wide range of developments and the partners apply their considerable knowledge and expertise in resolving planning problems, sometimes where others have failed.
Hutchinsons offers an efficient and cost effective service where the focus is on providing clear advice and seeking to secure client aspirations wherever possible, either through negotiations with planning authorities and other interested parties or through appeal. Our approach is based on a sound understanding of town and country planning legislation and the application of a planning policy at national and local level.
The partners are highly experienced in representing land owners and developers, local planning authorities and third party interests across a range of sectors. Hutchinsons also are able to bring together a multi-disciplinary team to act for clients, including architects, highway consultants, ecologists, arboriculturists, landscape consultants and archaeologists and will act as the project co-ordinator through the planning process.
Our casework includes the preparation and submission of planning applications and appeals; project management of large proposals; development plan analysis and submission of representations; site/land appraisals; acting as a planning witness at Public Inquiries and Hearings.
The partners have considerable experience in enforcement cases, securing satisfactory outcomes for clients, either by negotiating with local planning authorities, the submission of applications for lawful development certificates or by the preparation and presentation of oral or written evidence at planning enforcement appeals.
Keith Hutchinson has worked as a planner for almost 40 years, becoming Principal Planning Officer and Head of Development Control at Huntingdonshire District Council before setting up Huntchinsons, in 1991.
Keith’s work in both Local Government and private practice has given him a very wide range of experience in dealing with all types of planning and enforcement related issues, concerning residential, commercial and agricultural developments. He provides advice on planning potential and the promotion of sites to achieve planning permissions or allocations through the Local Plan process. His clients include large companies, landowners and private individuals. He appears regularly representing clients at appeal hearings, inquiries and local plan examinations.
Keith’s cases have included the promotion of large scale housing and industrial sites in Cambridgeshire, acting as planning advisor to the Environment Agency in respect of a major flood alleviation scheme, and appearing at a successful appeal hearing with costs, at a enforcement case relating to an industrial site in the Hertfordshire Green Belt, together with obtaining planning permissions for various commercial and residential proposals.
Outside the office, Keith’s interests include playing golf and supporting Leicester City Football Club. He is past Chairman of Kimbolton Parish Council and is currently Vice Chairman.
Alison Hutchinson is a Chartered Town Planner who started her career at South Kesteven District Council, and subsequently moved to Erewash Borough Council and then Huntingdonshire District Council. Alison moved into private practice working for DPP in Bedford as an Associate Partner before joining Hutchinsons as a partner in 1996.
Alison has wide experience of dealing with planning applications and achieving permissions. Due to her extensive experience she is constantly in demand by both local planning authorities and commercial and private clients to undertake work and also to appear as an expert witness at Inquiries on a range of issues including enforcement, certificates of lawfulness and retail matters as well as appeals in respect of the refusal of planning permission. Alison’s extensive recent experience including acting as a retail expert witness at inquiry and providing retail advice on applications for local planning authorities; being brought in to secure a lawful development certificate for a mobile home after a previous application had been refused; acting as planning consultant for the six Building Schools for the Future schemes in Fenland District; obtaining planning permissions for commercial and residential properties; providing planning evidence at inquiry and in the Supreme Court in the Welwyn Case.
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