Jane Rarok

Principal Planning Consultant - Planning

Jane Rarok

Principal Planning Consultant - Planning

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

Having worked in both the public and private sector, I have an excellent understanding of the requirements, expectations and constraints placed on both.  I have first-rate technical knowledge and first-hand experience of current planning legislation and national planning policy gained through practical application as a local authority senior development management planner and principal private sector consultant.

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 am 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 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.

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