Carver Knowles are pleased to welcome Ellie Jones back to the team. Ellie has recently successfully become a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers and such will be a key team member in the growth of Carver Knowles. Here is a quick intro into the newest member of the team.


Introduce yourself: 

Growing up in Monmouthshire with a farming background it gave me the encouragement to pursue a career within the rural sector. I went on to study at Harper Adams University where I graduated in 2014 with an Honours degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management.


We last saw you when you completed your industrial placement for us back in July 2013, what have you been up to since then?


Following graduating from University, I moved to Lancashire to work for a Professional Practice, where I assisted in the management of an estate and undertook varied professional work on behalf of both internal and external clients.


In 2015 I sat my Assessment of Professional Competence under the RICS and became a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor. I have also recently passed my exams to become a Fellow of the CAAV.


What have you learnt up in Lancashire that will help you with your role at Carver Knowles?


The work i have undertaken is very similar to the types of work I will be doing here at Carver Knowles. The consultancy has given me a broad knowledge across a range of works within the rural sector. I have broadened my understanding of the planning system and both national and local planning policies and procedures. I have been lucky enough to work with a number of large scale specialist growers while in Lancashire, providing them with planning advice and assisting them with planned future developments – a skill I will be able to transfer to the specialist growers in Pershore and the Evesham Vale for example. My first blog on the large scale planning can be read here


I have experience when dealing with water and electricity authorities and I am aware of the processes they may undertake when requiring access to land to undertake works.


What are the key areas you hope to specialise in at Carver Knowles?


Upon returning to Carver Knowles, I hope to be able to continue within the planning team, providing advice and preparing planning applications across a range of sectors, including agricultural, residential, industrial and commercial.


I am also hoping to become involved in other aspects of work in which Carver Knowles cover including, compulsory purchase and compensation, landlord and tenant matters and valuation.


What are the biggest changes facing planning and planners and where are the opportunities?


Planning Policy is becoming increasingly more stringent as to what is considered to be appropriate and sustainable development, in accordance with the national planning policies.


One of the biggest issues which the Government faces at present is the requirement to provide additional housing for the growing population, particularly the provision of Rural Housing. This will continue to provide opportunities for landowners but it may be a long term, strategic option.


Linked to this, permitted development rights have also altered providing opportunities for the conversion of redundant farm buildings to a number of different uses including residential dwellings. I have been involved with a number of applications for the conversion of both traditional barns and modern steel portal framed barns into dwellings where they have met the permitted development criteria.


What are you looking forward to most about coming back to Carver Knowles?

I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces again and how the projects that I help with on my placement year have moved forwards. I am looking forward to meeting new clients and contacts in the area. The growth of the business is exciting particularly as we are picking up more clients near Ross and Wye and the Forest of Dean which is closer to home and more familiar to me.


If you have a project in mind or are considering your development options please do not hesitate to get in touch and 01684 853400.