Deborah Baker Barnett Associate

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Deborah turns rigorous analysis into effective planning strategies

Deborah joined Iceni Projects’ Manchester office in 2018, bringing a decade of experience across the public and private sectors. She has a keen eye for the nitty gritty of policy and legislation, and conveys complex strategy in accessible terms. Central to her approach is building relationships with clients and stakeholders in order to achieve the broadest possible definition of success.

Deborah began her career in a planning policy role with Salford City Council. This was followed by an appointment to a Central London consultancy, during which she focused on urban redevelopment schemes and honed her skills in the preparation of listed building consent applications including statements of significance and heritage impact assessment.

Deborah returned to the North West in 2012 to join Cheshire East Council in a role that encompassed policy-making and development management. She was closely involved in the drafting of the Local Plan including public consultation and site allocations. She worked on a series of appeal inquiries which took place in the fast-moving landscape of housing land supply matters following the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Deborah returned to consultancy in 2014 and has worked on projects across the UK and the development spectrum. Notable proposals include promotion of Green Belt for strategic land release; the sensitive redevelopment of listed buildings; diversification of employment parks through retail development; Green Belt solar farms; and consents management for major infrastructure projects.

Having been recognised as a ‘Top Ten’ candidate when submitting her own application for chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Deborah is now an RTPI assessor.

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