Zarina joined Rapleys as a Planner in October 2021, having previously worked within the private sector on a range of retail and purpose-built student accommodation projects. Zarina also has public sector experience, primarily working on householder and minor planning applications for small-scale projects within both an urban and rural context; with a particular focus on householder development within the green belt.

Zarina’s experience has provided a solid foundation in development management, permitted development and building a strong rapport with clients, planning officers and other professionals. In her current role, Zarina creates and maintains trackers for major projects, emerging planning policies and best practice case law and appeal decisions for controversial developments. In addition, Zarina prepares site appraisals, pre-applications and planning applications and assists colleagues with major schemes.

In her role as Planner, Zarina can offer the client reassurance through maintaining consistent contact and monitoring the status of applications and negotiating planning issues throughout the planning process.

 

Richard joined Rapleys in 2020 to support the Birmingham Office expansion. He has over 20 years’ experience within the construction industry, providing property consultancy advice and formerly topographical and setting-out engineering services.

Richard has extensive experience of contract administration and technical due diligence on a variety of properties across England and Wales and boundary dispute advice and resolution. He has worked with both public and private sector clients, including institutional investors, Landlords, occupiers, Housing Associations and various private clients throughout the UK.

Carole joined Rapleys in January 2020 as the Head of Facilities Management, across multi-regional sites, within the wider Property & Asset Management team. Carole brings with her a wealth of experience managing diverse property portfolio’s within the commercial, retail, industrial and residential sectors.

Other experience includes preparation, monitoring and reconciliation of Service Charge budgets, plus the management and monitoring of health and safety compliance.

Notable projects include the transfer of a £250,000 service charge property from Midlands to the North West region. This was instructed based on personal management of the site and direct involvement with the client.

Furthermore, Carole took over a mixed portfolio of non-compliant properties and raised Statutory Compliance from 65% to 85% over a 3 month period. Carole has a further proven track record of adding value to property portfolio’s for clients. A key example being when she achieved a savings of c£500,000 across an entire portfolio by consolidating a number of key facilities management contractor costs.

Carole has managed Beetham Tower in Manchester, a highly prestigious mixed-use property with a hotel and residential apartments (including some confidential and high-net residents). She also managed the prestigious Cube in Birmingham, which is a mixture of residential and commercial.

Jason Mound leads the Land Development Project Management service offering having started with Rapleys in July 2018. Jason previously worked with national regeneration specialist St Modwen Properties plc and since led Atkins Land Development consultancy, also having worked previously in design and build contracting.

Jason offers clients land development management services through the full spectrum of development including due diligence, acquisition, planning, delivery and estate management phases helping optimise land assets. Jason’s key experience is in infrastructure planning and delivery, managing multi-disciplinary design teams and helping clients to de-risk their land assets, thus enabling land for development whether through sale of serviced land parcels or joint ventures with housing partners.

This service, coupled with Rapleys strategic land and planning consultancy, offers clients a unique insight in bringing forward land for development. Jason is currently supporting master developers and land owners on strategic land developments across the UK including Millbrook Park in Mill Hill and Canford Park in Poole.

Sarah joined Rapleys as an Associate in 2011, being promoted to Partner in 2015. She works nationally with a wide range of clients dividing her time between the Bristol and Birmingham offices. Prior to joining Rapleys, Sarah had worked in consultancy in Swindon since the late 1990s and has more than twenty years experience as a professional planner.

Sarah has advised a range of private sector clients across a variety of sectors including Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon homes, Redrow, Bellcross Homes, Commercial Estates Group, Associated British Foods, Wrenbridge Estates, Gallagher Developments and the Jockey Club. High profile planning projects including:

  • 4,500 dwelling/mixed use urban extension to Swindon (Wichelstowe) for Taylor Wimpey
  • 5,000 sq m extension to a pharmaceutical factory in Swindon
  • Regeneration and redevelopment of former British Sugar refinery in York for 1,100 dwellings
  • Promotion of a 4,500 dwelling garden village at Colworth, Bedfordshire for Wrenbridge/Unilever
  • Regeneration and redevelopment of former factory site for B1/B8/5,600sq m Asda store at Worksop for CEG

Sarah has significant experience in managing and leading multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of major (and minor) projects, with particular emphasis on largescale residential/mixed use/commercial (non-retail) schemes. Sarah’s specific area of knowledge is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) where she has over twenty years of experience of advising, managing and co-ordinating Environment Statements to accompany planning applications.