Led by experience and expertise

With over 30 years of experience, PMV Planning provides quality-led services across all areas of planning and to a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors. Learn more about PMV Planning below.

Led by experience and expertise

With over 30 years of experience, PMV Planning provides quality-led services across all areas of planning and to a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors. Learn more about PMV Planning below.


PMV Planning was founded by Phil Villars in 2022, offering a fresh, client focussed town planning consultancy, providing a high-quality service. We have extensive experience in managing planning projects, co-ordinating teams of consultants, negotiating with local authorities and appearing at public inquiries as expert witness.

For clients with development aspirations, we guide them through the planning process and how to maximise the chances of success. We can work together to promote sites for development and achieve planning consents and successful, suistainable outcomes.

Our advice is informed, up-to-date and honest, with good local knowledge and a practical and straightforward style of problem solving. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality work and successful outcomes through a collaborative approach.


PMV Planning has experience of all areas of the planning system. We know that securing planning consent can be complex and establishing a considered planning strategy at the outset can make all the difference and help manage timeframes and project costs. We advise on all areas of planning, including:

Development Planning

Planning Research

Appraisals and Due Diligence


Community Engagement

Expert Witness


PMV acts for both private and public clients, across a wide range of development sectors including:

Commercial and Industrial
Sports and Leisure

The Team

Phil Villars

Phil is a chartered town planner with over 30 years experience. Prior to joining Indigo Planning in 1989, he worked for two London Borough planning departments, Kensington & Chelsea and Bromley. Philip was a founding Director of Indigo Planning, becoming Managing Director to oversee and drive its growth from a handful of professionals to almost 100 town planners. This led to the industry recognising Indigo as one of the leading planning consultancies in the UK through winning RTPI planning consultancy of the year twice and shortlisting on many occasions. The business was supported by very positive client and staff feedback. Indigo Planning was subsequently acquired by WSP in 2019. Phil has started PMV Planning to build on this reputation and success with a client focussed planning consultancy, which has delivering viable and sustainable places through collaboration at its heart. With extensive experience in all areas of planning, Phil has a particular interest in regeneration schemes, improving both economic and social spaces, working alongside developers and local communities. He also takes a keen interest in environmental impact of development and all legal aspects of planning. Phil has appeared as expert witness at public inquiries and is also skilled in mediation. His extensive experience in this area gives him an in-depth understanding of the best way to secure planning permissions and allocations. Phil is an accomplished leader. He is an active member of the business community and is an external examiner at Birmingham City University. He supports various charities and hones his endurance skills by long distance running and skiing.

Sophie Rae

Sophie is a chartered town planner with over 10 years of experience in the private sector, working previously for Indigo Planning and WSP, working on a range of commercial, residential and leisure schemes across London and the UK. Sophie has a proven track record of delivering planning consents and allocations on challenging sites. She has particular focus on schemes for private sector clients within the Central London Boroughs. This has enabled her to build good relationships with key personnel at these local authorities. Sophie has in-depth understanding of the planning system, assisting senior directors on large scale projects. Sophie is adept at working in and managing a multi-disciplinary team.

George Voss

George joined Indigo Planning as a Graduate Planner in September 2019 having completed his Masters Degree in Spatial Planning and Development at the University of Reading. Following the Indigo merger with WSP in 2020 George was promoted to Planner. George is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has gained a wide range of experience in all stages of the planning process from due diligence, planning appraisals, pre-application, through to application submission and post consent submissions (including planning conditions and s106 obligations).

Anna Stott

Anna is a chartered town planner with more than 8 years experience in the private sector. Anna joined Indigo Planning in 2015 before moving to WSP with the merger in 2020. Anna joined PMV Planning in 2024 and brings with her a wealth of experience across retail, healthcare, leisure, residential and logistics schemes across London and the UK. Anna has a proven track record helping clients at every stage of the planning process. She prides herself on her in depth knowledge of the planning system and her ability to work seamlessly within multidisciplinary teams and with key stakeholders to deliver sustainable results. 

Cathryn Smith

Cathryn joined PMV Planning at its inception in 2022.  With over 25 years in business management, Cathryn joined Indigo Planning in 2005, starting out in the Leeds office and then moving to London in 2012.  During this time she gained Associate membership of the RTPI and in 2023 became a chartered town planner.  Splitting her time between managing the business and her planning role, Cathryn is adept at managing the business and client projects.  Cathryn also sits on the Regional Activities Committee for the RTPI and is an advocate for mental health awareness in the workplace.


From small sites, to large-scale redevelopments, PMV has experience in all areas of town planning.


As a successful, ambitious, growing business, we are always on the look out for enthusiastic and self-motivated planners at all levels.

If you’re interested in being part of our amazing team based in central London and helping us to meet and exceed our plans for the future, please get in touch. We are committed to creating brilliant, sustainable new places by doing things the right way and your enthusiasm will be rewarded with a great working environment and salary package.

Please note, we do not accept CVs from recruitment consultancies.