Established in 2011, our team of planning professionals benefit from many years of practical experience within both the public and private sectors.

Chris Barker
Managing Director

After leaving University Chris first worked for Berkeley Homes Hampshire and, then moved onto work for several Local Authorities including Mid Sussex, Wealden and Lewes District Councils, before joining DMH Stallard as a Senior Planner in 2007.

Following nearly 5 years at DMH Stallard Chris set up ECE Planning in 2011. At ECE Planning, his work has covered many sectors including private and affordable housing. Chris has an excellent track record at Appeal with recent successes for Roffey Homes and Martin Grant Homes.

Huw James
Director

Huw has been a Chartered Town Planner and full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) since 2003. Huw leads a full range of strategic and mixed use planning projects relating to education, residential, leisure, community, heritage, and commercial developments.

Huw is experienced in dealing with major planning applications and appeals, the promotion of strategic sites through the development plan process, site appraisals, Environmental Impact Assessments, environmental studies and public consultation and strategy.

Adam King
Director

Adam is a qualified town planner and has an excellent track record of delivering planning approvals on ’challenging sites’ through collaboration with clients and local authorities.

Combining his Architectural expertise with his planning knowledge, Adam is very experienced in preparing feasibility appraisals and detailed designs for rural, suburban and urban sites at all scales, with his clients including Vinci, Martin Grant Homes, J W Stratton and Hastoe Housing Association.

Karen Tipper

Karen Tipper
Associate Director

Karen is an Associate Director at ECE Planning having previously led the Minerals and Waste Development Management team at the South Downs National Park Authority, and has formerly worked for Brighton & Hove City Council and Horsham District Council dealing with major projects.

Karen has extensive experience in dealing with strategic residential planning applications, minerals and waste developments including large scale oil and gas developments, planning appeals, and Environmental Impact Assessments.

Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes
Associate Planner

Sam is an Associate Planner at ECE Planning who works on a range of major planning applications, appeals, and the promotion of land through the development plan system.

Sam has extensive experience in the public sector having worked for Adur & Worthing and Brighton & Hove Councils, in particular on the Shoreham Harbour Masterplan. 

Ben Daines

Ben Daines
Associate Planner

Ben is an Associate Planner at ECE Planning who works on a range of major planning applications, appeals, and the promotion of land through the development plan system.

Ben has extensive experience in the public sector having worked for Adur & Worthing, taking a leading role in the production of the Adur Local Plan. Ben has also worked in Development Management for Havant Borough Council. 

Rebecca Hoad

Rebecca Hoad
Planner

Rebecca is a Planner at ECE Planning having joined the team in 2015 from previous employment at Fowlers Estate Agents.

Rebecca is currently attending University to gain her Masters Degree in Planning. She has experience on minor and major applications.