Melanie always has a professional and friendly approach which serves well in bringing sometimes conflicting parties together. I have worked with her on a number of planning applications where she has organised public consultation events which have proved extremely beneficial to get across the positives of
a proposal and she listens carefully to others views to make people feel their voice has been heard. This can be particularly important to win over the hearts and minds of objectors. This has resulted in positive outcomes to planning applications.

Colin Matthews – Director Sherberton Ltd

Melanie has assisted us with several planning applications and undertaken and organised public consultation events on behalf of our clients. Her research and engagement with key local stakeholders has been invaluable. As a result of her work, we have been able to tailor our proposals to meet the needs of the local community, which has resulted in political and local support from residents and other interested parties and successful planning outcomes for our clients.

Chris Meil – Planning Consultant at Pure Town Planning

“Melanie is reliable, intelligent and sociable with a can do attitude. Easy to relate to.”


Cllr Caroline Tucker – Taunton Deane Borough Council

“Melanie always find new ways to reach out to communities who wouldn’t normally get involved and encourage them to have a voice”.



John Schuttkacker – Director, Westcountry Land

“I have worked with Melanie for many years on some very contentious and difficult proposals. As a member owned community retailer, The Co-op is particularly focused on community engagement. Melanie has always been excellent at building relationships and forming bonds with both supporters and objectors in the communities and political spheres. This has enabled us to have meaningful discussions so that concerns can be identified and addressed where possible.

One of Melanie’s best skills is to focus on areas of agreement rather than dispute and bring parties together for mutual benefit.”


Rob Bignold – Head of Special Assets, Co-op