Hedley Planning is an independent consultancy, specialising in securing planning consents for a wide range of development projects across the UK.

We are passionate about shaping the spaces and places where we live, work and relax.



Every member of the team brings their individual skill set and considerable technical expertise. This ensures we offer clients the complete package of services and experience to deliver successful project outcomes.

Sean Hedley
Sean HedleyManaging Director
M: 07725 834 338
T: 0191 5805101

Sean founded Hedley Planning Services in 2012 and has since grown the company to become an established leading consultancy. Sean qualified as a member of the RTPI in 1996, having been awarded BA (Hons) and Diploma in Town & Country Planning from Newcastle University in 1994. Sean has over 25 years’ planning experience in both the public and private sectors. He acts for a wide range of clients, promoting land and property interests through the planning system. He has expertise in preparing planning strategies and submissions for large scale residential schemes, commercial/industrial development and forward planning. Sean also specialises in Compulsory Purchase, distressed asset advice and due diligence reports. He is an experienced Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries, Examinations in Public and Informal Hearings.

Joe Ridgeon
Joe RidgeonDirector
M: 07879 674 320
T: 0191 5805103

Joe is a Director at Hedley Planning Services and is a member of the RTPI. He has worked in Planning since 2007 in both the public and private sectors. He specialises in residential development schemes across the north of England, with experience including obtaining planning permission for a range of developments including mixed-use development, major commercial, retail, leisure and tourist projects; preparing site appraisals; engaging in the Development Plan process to promote land, including making representations at Examinations in Public; and, advising in relation to highways issues including road closures, Local Plan Examinations and development appraisals.

Stephen Litherland
Stephen LitherlandDirector
M: 07516 257 967
T: 0191 5805106

Stephen is a chartered Town Planner with over 15 years’ experience working within the planning industry, initially as a local authority planner, then as a planning consultant and, for the past 10 years, at a senior level within the house building industry. In 2015 Stephen Chaired the RTPI North East Region in what was its centenary year. Stephen brings a strong commercial awareness to the promotion of large scale residential schemes having been responsible for a range of major developments across the whole of the UK. His other specialisms include land acquisition, strategic land searching and promotion, planning appeals, Public Inquiries, Local Plan Examinations and development appraisals.

Rebecca Hedley
Rebecca HedleyOffice Manager
M: 07931 337 854
T: 0191 5805101

Rebecca works as the Office Manager for Hedley Planning Services, having a 20+ year career in various roles within large private practice property firms in both Yorkshire and the North East. She currently oversees all aspects of the functionality of the offices ensuring their smooth running. She also provides secretarial support to all planners in both offices. In her spare time, she is a keen runner, cyclist, swimmer and cook. She has previously managed a national company car portfolio, held a senior PA role and worked as a residential property manager.

Hannah Chapman
Hannah ChapmanPlanner
M: 07961 233 385
T: 0191 5805104

Hannah is a qualified Planner and joined Hedley Planning in 2017 having previously worked for a national firm of Planners. Her experience includes the preparation of planning appraisals and strategies, project managing applications and researching sites. She works on a wide range of planning instructions and has a good understanding of a number of different elements of the planning system. She has worked on minor and major instructions including an application for a Cancer Treatment Centre in Liverpool, preparing the detailed supporting statement and submission of all documents for major residential applications for national housebuilders. She is also experienced in preparing and submitting applications for residential and commercial developments, including a submission at Wynyard in Stockton.

Amelia Robson
Amelia RobsonPlanner
M: 07494 442 152
T: 0191 5805102

Amelia is a qualified Planner who graduated from Newcastle University in 2017 and joined Hedley Planning in 2019. Her previous experience includes working as a Planning Officer for two Local Planning Authorities. She has experience of submitting and managing planning applications and appeals and also assists in preparing policy statements, specifically sustainability appraisals. She has worked on both minor and major residential and commercial applications. Her wide variety of experience has allowed her to develop a good understanding of the planning system.

Cath Hedley
Cath HedleySenior Researcher
M: 07887 752 544

Catherine is the Senior Researcher at Hedley Planning. She is responsible for understanding site histories, designations and policy context. She has over 30 years’ experience working for local government as IT technical support and network engineering, later specialising in GIS systems. Cath ensures that the office runs smoothly.

Alexander Franklin
Alexander FranklinPlanner
M: 07801 584 223
T: 0191 5805105

Alex is licentiate member of the RTPI studying toward his Masters in Town Planning. He is President of the Christian Union Society at Newcastle University and a keen footballer. He has experience in preparing planning applications and supporting planning statements having previously obtained work experience at a national planning consultancy. Alex works on a wide range of planning instructions and has a good understanding of a number of different elements of the planning system. He has worked on minor and major instructions, assisting in preparing detailed supporting statements and submission of all documents for the application.

Charly Wilson
Charly WilsonApprentice Planner
M: 07801 584 223
T: 0191 5805106

Charly is currently studying towards her RTPI accredited Town Planning Degree and Masters course at Sheffield Hallam University. She previously completed work experience with Hedley Planning and has since decided to work towards becoming a planner. She will be assisting with administrative duties as well as contributing to the workload of planning applications and planning statements for residential and commercial clients. She is hoping to broaden her understanding of the planning system and gain a wide variety of experience within the role of a planner.

Hedley Planning


At the root of our approach is a strong commercial awareness of the property industry and detailed understanding of how the planning system works.

We identify and present planning arguments and evidence whilst positively representing our clients with the aim of ensuring their objectives are met. We pride ourselves on offering objective and realistic advice, honestly telling clients what they need to hear. We offer a responsive and flexible service which can adapt to changing situations and requirements.

Equally, we will always consider costs and pride ourselves on our reputation of offering expert added value.