Meet our New Principal Planner Karen Denmark who joined our apT team in July 2020. Find out how Karen has made the transition from a rural local authority to being a part of our award winning team of specialists here at apT.
Karen joined our team in July, having a wealth of expertise and knowledge. She is a valued Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has many years’ experience working in a rural local authority having had a number of roles, progressing from administrative roles to Development Management Team Leader.
Throughout her career, Karen has dealt with a wide range of planning applications from householder extensions, minor residential and commercial developments through to major schemes for commercial and residential development, including applications dealt with under a Planning Performance Agreement.
With timescales and resources being so important to a development project of any size, Planning Performance Agreements can provide certainty to these crucial elements, keeping your project on plan and within budget. Our guidance from the experts will explain what a PPA is and how apT Development Specialists can help you.
Over her career Karen has developed a passion for heritage and ecology issues. This passion led her to working on the significant project of the former Whitehall hotel in Broxted, Essex, now known as St Mary’s Mews which includes 3 listed buildings, two of which are Grade II* and a Grade II barn, encompassed by unsympathetic 1980’s extensions. As a result of Karen’s work alongside the agent, developer and Conservation Officer, planning permission and listed building consent was granted for the conversion of the buildings into 8 dwellings.
Karen also dealt with the planning application to increase passenger numbers at London Stansted Airport by 8 million per annum, from the currently permitted level of 35 million passengers per annum to 43 million. This involved working with a large number of stakeholders across a number of specialisms, including surface access, ecology and noise, as well as neighbouring local authorities.
Always keen to take on a challenge, Karen dealt with a planning application for a single wind turbine in a cross-boundary wind farm and successfully defended the Council’s refusal on the grounds of adverse impacts on heritage assets, harm to the wider landscape and adverse impacts on the strategic radar for London Stansted Airport.
Community Groups had been working for many years trying to secure a new safe and secure route to a long-distance country park (Flitch Way) following its severance in the late 1970’s. Working alongside the groups and developers, Karen secured the formation of a new route through three new residential developments, ensuring a safe route for recreational and community purposes on foot, bike and horse.
Karen has worked tirelessly and gained a lot of expertise over the years on the development of the TriSail Centre in Elsenham, which when completed will be a major new commercial development providing unparalleled access to the adjacent London Stansted International Airport.