Jen is a Director at DPP and leads our practice in the healthcare sector.
She began her career at Guildford Borough Council, where she was a planning officer with a varied case load.
After leaving the public sector, Jen developed her planning skills further at various private consultancies. Throughout her time in private practice, she has gained experience in a wide range of sectors including; education, residential, business, regeneration and mixed use, and energy. With that experience, she is able to confidently navigate contentious issues with an approach tailored to the project challenges.
As you would expect from our head of healthcare, Jen has particular expertise in this sector. She has secured planning permission for a number of acute health projects including a new hospital in County Durham, a new day treatment centre in Newcastle and a £250 million scheme for a new specialist hospital building at Newcastle’s RVI. She is also experienced in securing planning permission for a variety of primary care projects, including a medical centre in North Tyneside.
Her blend of experience in both public and private sectors makes Jen a commercially astute planner, with invaluable knowledge of the approvals process, as she is skilled in leading complex development proposals, particularly within healthcare, business and education projects.
Some of Jen’s most prestigious projects in the commercial sector include NETPark science park in Sedgefield which delivered world-class, high-spec offices and laboratory space for science, engineering and technology companies.
In the education sector, Jen has secured consent for numerous school projects. She has also been working alongside Durham University for over six years, advising on and securing consent for multiple high-value projects within a complex historic environment.
Clients enjoy working with Jen for the responsive and collaborative way that she manages projects. Always at the end of the phone when you need her, Jen will find answers and solutions and give you clear advice. She’s a well-known figure in planning, particularly in the North East and brings together skilled teams of consultants, hand-picked for their expertise for each project.
Her clients include Durham University, Business Durham, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kier and Sir Robert McAlpine to name a few. She works with a range of project managers, architects and contractors.
Speak to Jen about: healthcare projects; planning for universities, further education establishments, and schools; student accommodation, build to rent accommodation, commercial projects.