Union4 provides a full range of town planning services

We work within all areas of the property market including the residential, commercial, retail, education and leisure sectors, as well as providing expertise on a range of infrastructure projects in the minerals, waste and energy sectors. The type of work we undertake ranges from small to large scale, including major redevelopment projects, tall buildings and regeneration schemes.

Our clients are varied and include developers, house builders, housing associations, private individuals, charities and a variety of public sector bodies, including local authorities, education providers and health establishments.

Meet the team

Our team works with a positive and creative mindset. We specialise in providing our clients with strategic advice, optimising the likelihood of successful outcomes in a dynamic and increasingly technical planning system. We have established a wealth of experience in dealing with complex, controversial and sensitive sites and development proposals, whilst working closely with our clients and project teams to guide applications through the planning process.

Steven Fidgett


Steven is a Chartered Town Planner and was formerly UK Head of Planning with WYG, one of the top 5 Planning Consultancies in the UK. He was previously Managing Director of Alliance Planning and led the business until its acquisition by WYG in September 2014. Steve has over 30 years experience in the planning and property sector, working for a wide range of public and private clients throughout the UK. He has extensive experience of major projects, EIA and public inquiries, and providing expert advice for the development and regeneration sector.

Jonathan Rowlatt


Jon is a Chartered Town Planner and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has extensive experience of planning work over 16 years in both the public and private sectors. Jon has led a wide range of projects across all sectors of planning, including mixed use, residential, healthcare, education, commercial and minerals and waste, from project conception, through to detailed advice and support during the build out process.

Alan Hannify


Alan is a Chartered Town Planner with 16 years of experience within the private planning sector. Alan’s experience includes strategic planning advice to a variety of clients and the successful delivery of large-scale projects across a range of development sectors, including residential, commercial, education, minerals, waste and renewable energy. Alan also specialises in the preparation and co-ordination of Environmental Impact Assessments, including the project management of multi-disciplinary teams.

Andy Stallan


Andy is a Chartered Town Planner and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is the Head of Office and Planning Director at the Guildford Office of Union4 Planning. He provides town planning advice for residential, commercial, education and leisure projects within the South East. Currently working on a variety of feasibility, planning application and appeal proposals relating to both urban and rural/Green Belt sites. Andy previously worked for Guildford, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath Councils, developing an excellent knowledge of public sector procedures and practices. Andy then worked for SEEDA, Alliance Planning, WYG and Tetra Tech Europe prior to joining Union4 Planning, all based in Guildford, Surrey.

Andy Wells


Andy is a Chartered Town Planner with a very wide range of experience from the largest (i.e. HS2) to delivering small regeneration/ redevelopment sites and everything in between. Andy looks to achieve the best outcome for each site and enjoys finding solutions to site specific problems. Andy has over 18 years’ experience of delivering strategic planning advice to a variety of clients and the successful delivery of projects across a range of development sectors, including affordable and market housing, commercial, community facilities, infrastructure (particularly energy and transport) and leisure. Andy is a confident project manager of multi-disciplinary teams.

Joy MacCoughlan

Associate Director

Joy is a Chartered Town Planner and Associate Director at the Guildford office of Union4. Joy has extensive private sector town planning experience over the last 20 years having worked for Alliance Planning and for multi-disciplinary companies WYG and Tetra Tech Europe. Prior to this Joy spent 15 years working for local planning authorities, principally in the south-east including Guildford and Woking Borough Councils. Joy currently provides town planning advice for public and private Clients across a broad range of development sectors, including residential, commercial, education and leisure.

David Butcher

Associate Director

David is a Chartered Town Planner and an affiliate member of the IHBC. He is proficient in leading and working in multi-disciplinary teams to achieve planning permission for complex development sites. He has a background in managing and developing rural and urban land portfolios, providing tailored strategic advice. He is skilled at setting up management systems and identifying opportunities for improving client service and delivering outcomes. David has an interest in urban design and is proficient in analysing the heritage impacts of development providing Heritage Statements to accompany applications. He also has expertise in garden centre development and retirement communities.

Vivienne Goddard


Vivienne is a Chartered Town Planner and has 10 years of planning consultancy experience working at a number of multi-disciplinary planning consultancies in the Capital. She advises across a range of sectors, including residential, commercial and education but with particular regional focus and experience on development schemes within London and the South East. Vivienne graduated from the University of Westminster with a Masters in Town Planning and from University College London with a Post Graduate Diploma in Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery.

Tanya Kozak

Senior Planning Consultant

Tanya is a Chartered Town Planner and has worked in the private planning sector for just under 5 years. Originally from Canada, Tanya came to the UK to study urban planning and completed her Masters Degree in Urban Planning Design in 2016. She has worked in a variety of sectors including education, residential, commercial and energy, providing support to clients throughout all stages of the planning process. Tanya also specialises in townscape matters, providing input in terms of existing architectural elements and how they relate to the design of development proposals.

Katie Fidgett

Business Manager

Katie is the Business Manager at Union4. She graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Business Management from the Henley Business School, University of Reading. Prior to joining Union4, Katie has spent the last few years working at the head office of a leading US apparel and homeware retailer, assessing market trends, the strength of retail sales and logistics. She has a passion for strategic planning and developing efficient business practices that support growth.

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