What our colleagues and clients say

Our ability to develop creative and effective solutions with our clients marks us out as a trusted advisor.  Here are some examples of recent client feedback:

“RJP has helped our new investment projects teams take a more strategic approach to working with local authorities.  Their advice helps us to identify planning related risks early so that we can be prepared.  RJP also helps us to react to planning matters that do come up in an informed and solutions oriented way.”                                            

Pete Carbery, Project Integration Manager (Operations)- Govia Thameslink Railway

“The RJP team has provided a very proactive service, working closely with our in-house team on Prescot Park. As external advisers, they have added value by keeping up momentum with the local authority negotiations and contributing to constructive discussions without putting our scheme at risk. They understand Countryside Homes’ commercial needs and our commitment to delivering a high quality product.” 

Jan Lourens, Senior Planning Manager- Countryside Properties Plc

The RJP team managed the planning application process from start to finish to the highest of professional standards.  Their ability to work proactively with a complex mix of client stakeholders, including: developer, land owner, contractor, architect, plus technical and legal advisors, has been important in keeping the application process on track and we would happily recommend RJP for future housing delivery projects.

Paul Westhead,  Head of New Business – Development, Trafford Housing Trust

Ruth Jackson has a real skill in guiding a course through all the complexities, documents and people in a big project. She could invariably see what needed to be done, and then helping and sometimes cajoling the team to get it done.  No task was too large or too small for Ruth to sort out and the end result was a process that was made easier and far more efficient than would otherwise be the case.  Her planning judgment was excellent, with a sure touch as to what could be achieved.

Nathalie Lieven QC for the Hope Valley Capacity Scheme

Meet the team

Ruth Jackson   |  

Ruthluma-135 established RJP in Manchester in August 2011, in the role of Principal in the practice.  Having started her professional career based in Dublin in 2000, she has worked in the UK since 2002 operating at senior levels at Land Use Consultants in Glasgow and Arup in Manchester.  Ruth chairs Pro-Manchester’s Transport and Infrastructure Sector Group.

Her extensive consultancy experience includes: large and small scale housing strategy and projects; and nationally significant infrastructure projects for nuclear, renewable energy and transport projects.  She is an experienced policy and sustainability advisor, known for her can do approach to project delivery.


Something interesting: Ruth is currently training to cycle with Club Peloton from Copenhagen to Berlin this June.  The ride is to raise funds for Coram, an adoption charity, founded in 1739, which every day offers direct, practical help and emotional support to vulnerable children, young people and their families.  If you would like to make a donation, check out Ruth’s Race Nation sponsorship page.

 David Green  |   

luma-125David is a chartered town planner with over 15 years town planning experience in both the public and the private sector. He is a pro-active town planner with a good track record driving applications through the planning system and securing deliverable permissions that are tailored to suit the requirements of the client.

David has dealt with a range of major planning applications, including residential, commercial, retail and energy projects as well large infrastructure developments and NSIP schemes. He has an impressive track record of project managing teams of environmental specialists through the EIA process and successfully delivering extremely complex and technically challenging major planning applications.

David has also successfully submitted planning policy representations for a number of sites for residential development, with particular experience of making the wider arguments about what constitutes sustainable development to promote rural and non-urban sites.


Something interesting: David loves reading sports theory books and frequently shares top tips from the world of football and athletics.  Pub quiz anyone?

 Teresa Cook  |   

Ruth-Jackson-Planning-1040801-214x300Tess joined RJP in 2018, having worked with Ruth previously in Arup’s planning, policy and economics team. Tess has worked as a consultant advising on development strategy for over 20 years, much of this based in the North West. She also has valuable experience in the public sector and worked ‘clientside’ with the Co-operative Estates.
Tess has a background in developing strategies for development and regeneration backed by economic and demographic evidence. More recently she has been promoting residential developments across various scales and locations, through the development plan process and via applications. She is an organised and analytical project manager skilled at co-ordinating multi-disciplinary team inputs.

Something interesting: Spurred on by her daughter, Tess has recently taken up tennis. While the primary aim is to inject some level of activity into life, Tess is also enjoying the wider social aspects, not least the opportunity to attend Wimbledon this summer.

Eva Barrellon-Kendall 

Eva Barreluma-106llon-Kendall has just completed her second year of Environmental Science studies at the University of Manchester and has joined our team on a part time basis.  As well has her studies providing key knowledge in the environmental sector, Eva is developing policy research and applications experience.  We really love having Eva on the team, with her enthusiasm and intelligence she fits right in!

Something interesting: When not studying, sitting exams and learning the ropes at RJP,  Eva is up before the crack  dawn most mornings training on British Rowing’s World Class Start programme.

 Callum Francis  |   

Callum FrancisCallum Francis is a second year Human Geography student going into his final year at the University of Liverpool.  He has joined our team this summer to develop his policy and application research skills.  It was Callum’s obvious enthusiasm for planning and sustainability that secured him his placement and early signs are that his understanding of our project activities will be enormously helpful getting us through another busy summer period.

Something interesting: In his spare time Callum enjoys playing sports such as football and rugby and enjoys keeping himself in good shape and staying healthy.






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