BoonBrown welcomes Dave Norris to the Town Planning Team


Town Planning Team

BoonBrown are pleased to announce that Dave Norris has joined our Planning Team.

Dave is well known in the southwest, having worked in Dorset and Mendip, before spending six years as the Development Manager at South Somerset District Council.

Dave then spent the last 5 years working at a planning consultancy in Bristol and most recently as a planning manager in Hampshire.

Dave’s in depth knowledge of the planning system and the development process will further strengthen our existing team and his experience of how councils operate will be a huge benefit, helping us to achieve positive outcomes in a timely manner. BoonBrown’s capabilities have now expanded to include 3 in-house Chartered Town Planners with 90 years of experience at Development Control Manager level.

During his career, Dave has led on a huge variety of projects, including large-scale public inquiries and regeneration projects across the south and west of England. Dave’s role in Hampshire required him to be the Planning expert for the council, advising elected members on decision making and strategies, whilst also managing a large team of Planners, Conservation Officers, Ecologists, Enforcement and Regeneration staff. Dave has also more recently been responsible for advising on complex S106 agreements and developing nutrient and BNG mitigation projects enabling development to be delivered.

Dave enjoys pretty much all sports and is a keen supporter of the ‘Glovers’ since being dragged along by his dad to the ‘old’ Huish (now a Tesco!) over 45 years ago.  However, Dave is  happiest whiling away the hours on the riverbank.

I started my planning career in South Somerset 30+ years ago working with both Shaun and Simon (both Town Planners at BoonBrown) at different times.  I then embarked upon a ‘tour’ of various planning authorities in the southwest before returning to South Somerset as Planning Manager 10 or so years ago.  In 2017 I left local authority and joined a planning /urban design consultancy in Bristol for a couple of years. In mid-2020 I moved on from Bristol, and took on a role running a planning service in Hampshire.  I really enjoyed my time in Hampshire, working with a great group of people and was successful in creating a planning department that was focused on securing high quality, but deliverable developments.

On a more personal note, I am Yeovil born and bred. My wife and I together with our 2 ‘boys’ (now 27 and 29) made the huge decision to move to Sherborne (7 miles and a different county was a big thing for a Yeovilian!)  approximately 20 years  ago, and have lived there happily ever since.

I have now been with BoonBrown for a month, and I am really enjoying the challenge of the role and working with such a skilled and committed team. They are also all really friendly bunch – and I’m not just saying that.”

– Dave Norris

Planning permission secured for 67 apartments


Town Planning Team

BoonBrown are delighted to announce that alongside clients Allerton, we have now secured planning permission for 67 apartments across three blocks on the Cherry Tree Pub site in Peterborough.

Our application was recommended for approval by the Planning Officer, and later approved under delegated powers without going to Planning Committee.

The team really enjoyed evolving this design, which included some challenging constraints, such as retention and the sensitive conversion and extension of the locally listed Cherry Tree Pub. The site also offered an opportunity to bridge between larger five story apartments to the east, and two story housing to the west, allowing for the creation of hybrid typologies with front facing gables and flat roofs.

BoonBrown appointed on Abri's Planning Consultants Framework

Town Planning Team


BoonBrown is delighted to be awarded first place on Abri’s Planning Consultant Framework, announced recently.

Formed in November 2019 by a merger between Radian Group and Yarlington Housing Group, Abri is a not-for-profit organisation, providing more than 35,000 homes in the south and south west of England.  Abri is committed to investing in local communities to make them stronger and more vibrant, whilst helping provide homes to those who really need them.

Commenting on the appointment, Matt Frost, Town Planning Director at BoonBrown, said: “ This is great news for BoonBrown – we look forward to strengthening our existing relationships with Abri to assist in their aim to provide homes and to build communities across the South of England.”