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About PFK Land and Development

The PFK Land & Development team brings together specialists from our Land Agency, Estate Agency, Planning, Development and Valuation services. Every client request is carried out by a qualified and experienced professional.

The team has a proven track record of working with public and private sector clients, and we take time to appreciate the particular needs of each one.

Having assisted a wide range of clients from developers to architects, solicitors to estate agents, landowners and businesses, we are perfectly placed to advise you on the specifics of your own project.

Our people

Find out a little more about the
experienced, friendly and devoted
people at the heart of the PFK Land and Development.

Rachel Lightfoot

Rachel Lightfoot

Planning Specialist

BA (Hons), BTP, PGDip, MRTPI (Town Planning & Spatial Planning)

Originally from Carlisle, Rachel completed her planning qualifications in Bristol at the University of West England. Prior to joining PFK, Rachel began her career working as a Development Control Officer initially at Eden District Council and latterly at Carlisle City Council. She then made the move into the private sector as a Planner for Story Homes. During her time at Story Homes, Rachel built experience working with both immediate development sites as well as identifying land for long term opportunities.

After several years, Rachel went on to set up her own business ‘Positive Planning Solutions’ which successfully operated for five years before taking the opportunity to join PFK.

Rachel is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Stephen Lancaster

Stephen Lancaster

Development Specialist

Kayleigh Lancaster

Kayleigh Lancaster

Planning Specialist

BA (Hons), MSc, MRTPI (Town Planning)

Kayleigh completed her planning qualifications at Newcastle University and began her working career at Eden District Council in 2009. Initially working in the Development Management team at Eden District Council, she spent the last two and a half years of her employment in the Planning Policy team, actively involved in the Local Plan preparation and examination, gaining valuable experience.

Kayleigh joined PFK in December 2016 and with the support of PFK Planning received chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute in June 2017.

Naomi Howard

Naomi Howard

Graduate Planner

BA (Hons), MCD (Geography and Town & Regional Planning)

Naomi joined PFK Land & Development in September 2018 as Graduate Planner following the successful completion of her Masters of Civic Design in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool. Whilst studying for her qualification, Naomi worked for Lancashire County Council in their City Deal Infrastructure Team, also gaining experience in their Planning Policy Team. Prior to this Naomi studied at Edge Hill University achieving a first class honours degree in Geography.

Naomi is working towards achieving chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

David Stout

David Stout

Land Specialist

Dip. Rural Est. Man., MRICS.

David specialises in estate management, advising on all elements of land and property ownership, landlord and tenant. A Cumbria native, educated at Sedbergh School and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, David is also a keen shot and sportsman, and chairman of Brampton & District choir.

Janet Flintoft

Janet Flintoft

Land Specialist

BSc Hons (Rural Enterprise and Land Management), Registered Valuer.

Janet specialises in valuations, landlord and tenant, sales and purchases, planning and development, acquisitions and estate management. Originally from a hill farm in North Yorkshire, agriculture and land use has always been her area of expertise, and she continues to farm on her family farm in Cumbria – mainly at lambing time – as well as enjoying a passion for hill walking with her Lakeland terrier.

Andrew Green

Andrew Green

Valuation Specialist

BSc(Hons) MRICS

Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years experience in Surveying and Valuing property throughout Cumbria and The Lake District National Park.

Originally from Keswick Andrew undertook an Honours degree in Building Surveying at Leicester returning to Cumbria to work for Colleys Surveyors and Valuers.

After running his own practice for 15 years Andrew joined PFK in 2012 as Head of Survey and Valuation. His day to day work involves the survey and valuation of a range of property types for a wide variety of local regional and national clients.

"The PFK service was very professional and reassuring, with clear communication throughout my two year process… questions were answered quickly and the team were a pleasure to deal with. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services."

Mrs Pownall, Planning

"PFK secured a tricky planning permission for change-of-use on a property that recently came under a new planning regime due to the extension of Yorkshire Dales national park – good result."

Mr Capstick, Planning

"PFK were recommended to me and were well worth it; monthly invoices made managing project finances much easier, and Rachel Lightfoot did a fantastic job of dealing with the authorities."

Mr Gordon, Planning

"Thank you for all your help in obtaining planning permission for us."

Edwin and Pauline, Planning

The way we work

Our approach is always to make the complexities of development and planning as simple as possible for our clients. We tailor our services to suit your needs, taking time to understand your goals before using our knowledge and experience to formulate the best strategy to achieve them.

We aim to address all of the factors that a decision-maker needs to consider in the development and planning process; in our experience this is the surest way to achieve success. During every process we aim for maximum transparency, meaning that our clients are kept fully informed.

Our first task is always to determine the prospects for success of any given project. We always discuss the prospects of success openly and honestly before proceeding, it’s the professional way to keep things simple.

Our clients

We pride ourselves on providing planning solutions
across a range of clients, large and small, across the region.

Russell Armer Homes
Reiver Homes
Home Group
Cows and Co

Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

PFK Planning are Chartered Town Planning Professionals who are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and have a detailed understanding and experience of how the planning system works and when and how to engage with relevant decision makers to secure planning consent for development.

The RTPI is a membership organisation and a Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting world class planning courses nationally and internationally. The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 25,000 members.

Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction. RICS accredits 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with the RICS is subject to their quality assurance.

They regulate and promote the profession, maintain the highest educational and professional standards, protect clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics, and provide impartial advice and guidance. As RICS Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuers, we are members of, and regulated by, RICS.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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