Elizabeth Welch BSc (Hons) MSc MRTPI

Associate Director and Chartered Town Planner

Having been brought up in the local area I have an extensive knowledge of Ashford and the surrounding villages

With previous experience working for two national housebuilders, based in North Kent, and an East Kent Local Planning Authority – I bring over a decade of experience working throughout Kent. I was brought up near to Ashford, and living locally means that I have an extensive knowledge of the local area.

The team here at Hobbs Parker is extremely talented and friendly, and we cover a broad range of sites, from small-scale development through to large-scale mixed use developments. We not only prepare and submit planning applications but also make representations to Local Plans, meaning that we take sites forward from ‘empty’ fields all the way through to when construction starts onsite.

I have a particular interest in promoting sites through the local plan making process, having previously worked as a Senior Policy Planner for five years. I enjoy assessing the development potential of new sites, especially on cases which are not clear-cut and where there is a need to challenge policies in order to achieve a favourable outcome.

Hobbs Parker has been established since 1850, and although many clients are agricultural based, the planning team here deal with a variety of different projects including large-scale residential schemes, retail projects, commercial units and all other types of planning work.

Outside of work much of my time is taken up with my young family, however, when I get time I enjoy walking in the countryside and gardening.

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Ashford Borough Council opens 'Call for Sites' Consultation

By Elizabeth Welch

Ashford Borough Council is seeking suitable sites for inclusion in their Local Plan Review.  Landowners have until the 20th November 2023 to put land forward for potential development.

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Steve Davies and Elizabeth Welch promoted to Associate Directors

By Sam Snart

These promotions reflect our fantastic commitment to providing our clients with the best planning advice.

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Stour Catchment Planning Update

In July 2020, Natural England issued water quality advice that had an immediate impact on planning applications for new homes located within the Stour Catchment, although it took until late September for Local Authorities to […]

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Thinking local is the answer when planning to develop

By Elizabeth Welch

Successful development is often about having the right land in the right place, but when it comes to the right timing, the progress of the Local Plan process can often make or break a deal or decision. With districts […]

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