Planning Geek

About me – Who am I?

Ian Walmsley - passionate about propertySo you are wondering about me and what makes me tick?  Why am I passionate about property?

My name is Ian Walmsley and I have been developing property full time since 2013. I was brought up as a third generation funeral director, both my parents and my grandparents had an interest in property. This was very common in the early 20th century as many funeral directors were also builders. My grandfather built one of the first estates in what is now Basildon. So my love of developing was in the blood!

As I have grown to love developing I have nurtured a passion for planning and am now known as a bit of a Planning Geek, hence this website. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you some assistance.

In my spare time, I am a bit of a #TravelGeek – I enjoy researching the cheapest way to fly to any part of the world whilst at the same time flying in business or first class. I often pay considerably less than the business fare and often less than premium economy, whilst enjoying the comfort of business or even first class travel. If you are friends or follow me on Facebook, you will see me posting from some odd places and luxurious lounges. You are welcome to contact me.

The one thing I am not is a Planning Consultant – I am a Planning Geek – although a chartered town planner said ‘Ian knows more about planning than most planners!’.  I am simply ‘A developer who loves planning’

Hope that gives you a bit more information about us – it is more of an about me! 

Education / Mentoring

In recent months I have started to teach planning. I also mentor several people about development with a lean towards what is possible with some knowledge of planning. This is one to one mentoring either in person or via Skype calls. I also speak at property events around England, and enjoy meeting people and assisting them with their projects whether I am speaking or just an attendee of the event.

This Site!

I am currently building this site, so please bear with me as I enlarge it for the benefit of my mentees and others that may stumble across it whilst searching for those planning answers. A lot of the site will be public, but some sections are reserved for mentees only. I’ve collated quite a few useful links both for planning and searches that are connected to it. Let me know if other links need adding!

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'Full of content'
- Mark from Enfield

'Well worth the small cost - saved me hundreds in the long run, going down the wrong hole!'
- Louise from Clapham

Wow! Ian really is a Geek when it comes to property - so glad we booked an hour'
- Paul & Jo from Newcastle




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