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Jane Rarok

Associate Planner - Planning

My experience

I am a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with 20 years’ experience in both public and private sector planning.   I have a wide breadth of planning experience and knowledge in all aspects of urban and rural planning.

I have gained extensive experience of rural planning while at Winchester City Council and South Downs National Park in areas such as housing, agricultural development and diversification, tourism development, equestrian and viticulture developments.

I’m experienced in all stages of the planning process from providing vital planning advice at the early stage through to post decision discharge of planning conditions. I am a proven negotiator with excellent communication and project management skills.

I provide clients with support and expertise in the following areas:

  • site assessment and planning appraisals;
  • pre-application planning advice;
  • preparing, submitting and co-ordinating planning applications;
  • advice on material and non-material amendments to approved schemes;
  • permitted development right prior approvals (residential, commercial changes of use and agricultural prior approval development);
  • planning appeals;
  • third party letters of representation; and
  • planning due diligence.

Over the years, I have been involved in a variety of development proposals including residential schemes, town and edge of centre commercial expansions and redevelopments, conversions and changes of use.  Outside towns and cities, I have experience of rural planning for housing, agricultural development and diversification, equestrian and viticulture developments as well as holiday and tourism development.  

I have successfully secured prior approval office to residential changes of use with additional floors of accommodation and extensive external alterations.  I have secured planning consent for clients in the charity sector, which includes mixed use schemes and affordable housing.  

I have specialist knowledge of planning in National Parks, where Government guidance places great weight on protection of the landscape and scenic beauty, and experience of planning in an historic environment.

How I’ve helped our clients

We have been greatly impressed with Jane's planning knowledge and consider her to be "top of her game". After discussing with Jane what we were trying to achieve, with her extensive knowledge she put together our comprehensive Planning Statement. Jane consulted with the local authority in their language together with other consultants, taking all the stress away from us. Planning permission was granted and we were able to start work on our new winery/wedding barn. We cannot recommend Jane highly enough!

Donna and Dave Line, Owners
Poppydown Vineyard

Ocea Group Ltd has worked with Paris Smith for a number of years seeking advice and guidance on a range of planning and permitted development issues. Most recently Paris Smith assisted us with a scheme that combined both a straight forward prior approval under permitted development element for the conversion of an existing office building to 79 residential units, and a full planning application for the construction of 5 new Town Houses on the site. Paris Smith managed the full planning process through to planning consent being gained, whilst navigating the added complications of the COVID-19 obstacles. We continue to work with Paris Smith not only for their committed service on full projects, but also their ongoing support concerning commercial property, residential, corporate and banking matters. This is coupled with the fact that their departments work cohesively together so we are confident that the whole team, across different disciplines, knows, understands and delivers against our business's requirements.

Glenn Delve, Director - Ocealife

We have used Paris Smith over the last 20 years for various projects and purchases. We have always received a friendly and professional service.

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