Welcome to Contour Planning.  We are led by two Directors, Justin Mills and Karen Crowder-James, who are both chartered town planners and jointly have over 40 years experience in the commercial planning sector.  Prior to establishing Contour in 2010, both Directors held senior positions in large planning practices and multi-disciplinary property consultancies in Central London.

Justin Mills – Director
Email: justin@contourplanning.com
Phone: 07795 324649



Karen Crowder-James – Director.

Email: karen@contourplanning.com
Phone: 07795 326401


Our strength is our commercial approach and our ability to provide clients with sound planning advice, based on realistic and intelligent solutions. In addition to regularly submitting planning applications, we help our clients unlock the development potential of their existing property assets (through due diligence), as well as using our planning skills to help to identify new development opportunities.

We have advised on a wide variety of planning matters, but have particular expertise in residential, retail and mixed-use developments.

Our residential experience ranges from securing planning permission for large volume housing and flatted schemes, through Prior Approvals for ‘office to residential’ conversions (under permitted development rights), to smaller residential developments and self-builds.

Our retail planning experience includes large mixed-use developments for some of the UK’s largest developers, in both town centre and out of centre locations. This work has ranged in size from single small retail units (including changes of use), to large retail developments in excess of 100,000 sq. ft. For these projects we have in-house expertise to prepare complex Retail Impact Assessments and Sequential Assessments.

We are also skilled speakers, who have both presented papers at professional conferences, addressed Planning Committees and are regularly involved in public consultation exercises.

Whilst we are professional, we are also approachable!  We love a challenge and are always happy to assist with commercial planning matters.

Companies we have assisted...