The Team

Who are Planning By Design?

Planning By Design is a national consultancy with a team of expert planning consultants and architects across the UK to help our clients locally. With a large and diverse team including architects, town planner, customer service advisors and office administrators working cohesively, we have the skills and experience required to assist you with all your planning and design requirements. With a collective effort from the whole team, we ensure a 5* service delivering as instructed, on time, every time.


Grant Singlehurst-Ward

Founder & Managing Director

A serial entrepreneur with background in sales and marketing, Grant is the founder and managing director. He founded Planning By Design to provide clients with the highest possible level of service at unbeatable prices. 

Abigail Singlehurst-Ward

OPerations manager

Abi is responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the business. She is responsible for scheduling planning appraisals, project allocation and project management, to ensure that the whole team delivers on time as promised, every time!


James Lindsey

CHartered Architect

With over 30 years of experience as a registered ARB certified chartered architect, James has a wealth of experience. Having worked on projects ranging from small householder developments to large commercial buildings in city skylines, whatever your design requirements James has you covered.

Joe Salt

Chartered architect & town planner

Joe is a rare exception and is chartered as both an architect and town planner. With 20 years experience working with a wide variety of developments including residential and commercial. Whether located in an urban, countryside, convservation area or AONB, Joe can help with all your planning and design requirements.

Emily Codrington

Chartered architect

An ARB and RIBA certified chartered architect with over 20 years experience in both residential and commerical architectural design. With a strong passion for design and excellent attention to detail, she produces inspired designs that meet the client brief and give the best chance of securing planning permission, if required.

Manus Mullan

Architectural designer

After completing his degree in architectural design in 2005 Manus began his career. Over the last 18 years he has gained a wealth of experience. Despite having the experience and previously beign chartered for many years he is currently classed as an architectural designer until he has re-registered and paid the ARB.

Busra Sengel


A passionate architecterual designer who prides herself on producing elegant designs that meet the clients brief exactly. With a diligent work ethic, Busra takes just the right amount of time required to produce accurate scale architect drawing that meet councils' validation criteria whilst meeting her deadlines.

Berna Cebi

Architectural designer

An a accomplished architecterural designer with many year experience designing householder developments, such as new build houses, extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions. She has worked on some of our larger commercial designs too. With excellent attention to detail, Berna often nails the design brief on the first draft.

Ezgi Cebi


A highly talented archtiectural designer with experience in all things design including 2D planning drawings, interior design and 3D renders for very large high end developments in places such as Dubai. With a great attention to detail Ezgi produces beautiful drawings that nail the cleints brief exceeding expectations ahead of time.

Theodora Kantzari

Chartered Arthitect

A highly skilled ARB and RIBA Chartered Archtiect who is passionate about high quality sophisticated designs, supported by sustainable methods. A specialist in high-end large-scale residential and hospitality projects. Her skills include 2D, 3D, interior and urban design, as well as technical building regulations drawings.

Dila Gokalp


With over 20 years’ experience in architectural design including residential and large scale commercial projects Dila has the skills to handle all design requirements for any planning application. Additionally, she teaches architectural design at several universities including the University of East London with a masters degree in architecture and soon to complete her architecture PHD too.

Rosalind Codrington

Architectural Designer

An experienced architectural designer who is passionate about delivering the high quality designs that meet the clients brief. Whatever your design requirement, Rosalind will help transfrom your idea into beautiful scale architect drawings that meet the councils validation criteria should you require planning permission for your development.


Joe Salt


Joe is a rare exception and is chartered as both an architect and town planner. With 20 years experience working with a wide variety of developments including residential and commercial. Whether located in an urban, countryside, convservation area or AONB, Joe can help with all your planning and design requirements.

Silas Willoughby

Chartered town planner

With an RTPI accredited degree in both urban design and regional planning, Silas has over 8 years experience working as a town planner. His extensive experience in the private sector including residential, commercial schemes and masterplanning means he has the required skills to manage planning applications for any development.

Ellie Laws

Chartered Town Planner

After securing a law degree in 2003, Ellie became a RTPI town planner in 2019 has since gained substantial experience with planning applications of all sizes from householder to major planning applications in a wide range of industries including education, residential, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Josh Chambers

Town Planner

After securing his Master of Planning Degree in 2019, Josh went on to become a Town Planner at the City of Edinburgh Council. He now brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Planning By Design to help our clients with pre-plannng advice, planning statments and of course submitting and managing planning applications.

Sarah Cornwall

Chartered Town Planner

With over 20 years experience as a town planner, Sarah has a diverse wealth of experience. She has the skills to advise, support and manage all planning applications from minor householder applications to major planning applications. Over the last 12 years she has focussed and specialised major new build developments.

Seana Heaney

Town Planner

Since becoming a qualified town planner in 2018, Seana has worked their way to senior planning consultant. With experience submitting and managing planning applications  for residential developments, highways improvements, railway and wastewater treatment works. Seana is a very experienced and well rounded town planner.

Kat Ennis

Town Planner

With a masters degree (RTPI accredited) in MSc Urban and Regional Planning she began her career with Planning By Design. Under the supervision of our Chartered Town Planners she is also helping research and draft planning statements as she furthers her planning knowledge and skills while working towards becoming a chartered town planner.

Mislav Omazic

Town Planner

Having secured his planning degree back in 2021, Mislav began his career as an Enforcement Officer. As he nears the minimum 2 years work experience required to begin his chartership, he joined our team to assist with planning research and drafting planning statements under the guidance of our chartered town planners.

Michael Breen

Town Planner

After securing a degree in planning Michael has been working as a town planner for almost 3 years and is due to complete his chartership by January 2023. Michael has consistently proven to be our top performing town planner, with an excellent approval rate and a very bright future in planning.

Nathan Tonge

chartered Town Planner

A chartered town planner and rising star in the world of planning. Nathan has a wealth of a experience including major residential, leisure and retail, mixed-use, urban regeneration and redevelopment, green belt and AONB, small-scale residential developments.

Ivana Sirivoca

Chartered Town Planner

After securing a masters degree in Urban Design and City Planning, Ivana began her career as an urban designer. Over the last 6+ years she has gained a wealth of experience in planning and urban design. Including 4 years working on the UK's famous HS2 high speed railway.

Robin Edge

Chartered Town Planner

Robin became an RTPI town planner in 2017 and went on to become a chartered town planner working in local planning authorities and more recently the private sector. His deep understanding of the planning process from both sides of the fence enables him to advice and manage planning applications of any type, scale and in any industry.

Nathan Hall

Town Planner

With over 8 years as a town planner, Nathan has worked as planning officer at 5 councils. Having been a senior planning officer since 2019, he brings a wealth of experience in householder, commercial and major development schemes. He is due to complete is chartership in early 2023.

Customer Service

Routh Pelekis


With a wealth of experience in accounting and office administration Routh is a huge asset to the team. She is responsible for managing the company accounts, sending quotes, invoices and together with Abi project manages to ensure that the whole team deliver on time as promised, every time.

Cara Williams

Customer Service Advisor

Cara joined the planning industry in 2021. As an incredibly fast learner she has managed to absorb many years’ worth of knowledge in this short space of time. While providing free no obligation consultations, she explains the complexities of planning in clear and simple way that anyone can understand.

Kim Crisp

Customer service advisor

With a strong customer service background, Kim is a highly motivated member of the team who prioritises client satisfaction. She has a strong understanding of all planning and design considerations which enables her to provide quality guidance and support to all the clients she helps.

Alex Finlay

Customer service advisor

With 10 years experience providing customer service in the insurance industry, Alex is no stranger to strict compliance which is vital in the planning and design industry.  He is highly motivated and always puts the customers interests first, while providing clear and easily understandable advice.

Sue Bennett

Customer service advisor

A highly dedicated customer service advisor who always puts the customers interests first. Sue has a strong understanding and is able to answer non site specific queries regarding architectural design, planning permission, building regulations and structural engineering calculations.

Ajay Anand

Customer service advisor

A passionate customer service advisor with over decades customer service experience. Additionally, Ajay has worked in the planning and design industry since 2019 so has a great deal of expertise when it comes to planning, design, building regulations and structural engineering.

Mike Dhaliwal

Customer service advisor

Having originally qualifed as a merchanical engineer, Mike realised early on in his career that his much perferred helping customers. After making an early transistion from a techinal engineer to customer service role he now has over 17 years customer service experience making him asset to the team.


Customer service advisor

Aisa is our artificially intelligent planning assistant and the first of her kind, at least in the planning and design industry. Currently she has the same training as our human customer service agents and can assist with any new enquiries but soon she will be able to help with much more...


Milana Semko

Marketing Assistant

With over 15 years marketing experience Milana brings a huge amount of experience to the team. With heavy focus on our customers needs and interests, she helps Planning By Design to reach, engage and educate clients on all things planning and design in new and innovative ways. 

Clive Lawrence

Creative Design

A passionate artist and graphic designer, Clive brings a huge amount of creativity to Planning By Design. His ability to think outside the box, simplify the dark arts of planning through creatives that just make sense to anyone. This brings significant value to the business and our clients alike.

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