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About PFK Planning

Our planning consultants are chartered members of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and every client request is carried out by a qualified and experienced professional.

The team has a proven track record of working with public and private sector clients, and we take time to appreciate the particular needs of each one.

Having assisted a wide range of clients from developers to architects, solicitors to estate agents, landowners and businesses, we are perfectly placed to advise you on the specifics of your own project.

"The PFK service was very professional and reassuring, with clear communication throughout my two year process… questions were answered quickly and the team were a pleasure to deal with. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services."

Mrs Pownall, Planning

"PFK secured a tricky planning permission for change-of-use on a property that recently came under a new planning regime due to the extension of Yorkshire Dales national park – good result."

Mr Capstick, Planning

"PFK were recommended to me and were well worth it; monthly invoices made managing project finances much easier, and Rachel Lightfoot did a fantastic job of dealing with the authorities."

Mr Gordon, Planning

"Thank you for all your help in obtaining planning permission for us."

Edwin and Pauline, Planning

The way we work

Our approach is always to make the complexities of planning as simple as possible for our clients. We tailor our services to suit your needs, taking time to understand your goals before using our knowledge and experience to formulate the best strategy to achieve them.

We aim to present planning submissions on behalf of our clients that address all the factors a decision maker needs to consider; in our experience this is the surest way to achieve success. During every process we aim for maximum transparency, meaning that our clients are kept fully informed.

Our first task is always to determine the prospects for success of any given project. No client would thank us for submitting an unrealistic application, and we always discuss the prospects of success openly and honestly before proceeding. It’s the professional way to keep things simple.

Our people

Find out a little more about the
experienced, friendly and devoted
people at the heart of the PFK Planning.

Rachel Lightfoot

Rachel Lightfoot

Director and Head of Planning

Originally from Carlisle, Rachel completed her planning qualifications in Bristol at the University of West England. Prior to joining PFK, Rachel began her career working as a Development Control Officer initially at Eden District Council and latterly at Carlisle City Council. She then made the move into the private sector as a Planner for Story Homes. During her time at Story Homes, Rachel built experience working with both immediate development sites as well as identifying land for long term opportunities.

After several years, Rachel went on to set up her own business ‘Positive Planning Solutions’ which successfully operated for five years before taking the opportunity to join PFK.

Rachel is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Kayleigh Lancaster

Kayleigh Lancaster

Planning Consultant

Kayleigh completed her planning qualifications at Newcastle University and began her working career at Eden District Council in 2009. Initially working in the Development Management team at Eden District Council, she spent the last two and a half years of her employment in the Planning Policy team, actively involved in the Local Plan preparation and examination, gaining valuable experience.

Kayleigh joined PFK in December 2016 and with the support of PFK Planning received chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute in June 2017.

Naomi Howard

Naomi Howard

Graduate Planning Consultant

Naomi joined PFK Planning in September 2018 as Graduate Planning Consultant following the successful completion of her Masters of Civic Design in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool. Whilst studying for her qualification, Naomi worked for Lancashire County Council in their City Deal Infrastructure Team, also gaining experience in their Planning Policy Team. Prior to this Naomi studied at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk achieving a first class honours degree in Geography.

Naomi is working towards achieving chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Angie Sheridan

Angie Sheridan

Secretary

Angie went to Keswick School, trained as a secretary in Manchester and has worked in administration in a wide variety of businesses in London, Manchester and Cheshire, bringing up a family in between. She moved back to Cumbria in 2008 and then joined PFK Planning in 2009 and has been supporting the expanding team ever since.

Our clients

We pride ourselves on providing planning solutions
across a range of clients, large and small, across the region.

Russell Armer Homes
Reiver Homes
Home Group
Cows and Co

Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

PFK Planning are Chartered Town Planning Professionals who are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and have a detailed understanding and experience of how the planning system works and when and how to engage with relevant decision makers to secure planning consent for development.

The RTPI is a membership organisation and a Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting world class planning courses nationally and internationally. The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 25,000 members.

Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

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