Support Services


Help is at hand for all aspects of a One Planet Development project. From land assessment, to planning application, through to support with the build of your home and infrastructure. The One Planet Council have compiled the following database of specialist providers, all of whom are willing to give a free initial consultation by email or phone:

Andy Gill is a carpenter and natural builder with experience in round pole and traditional square sawn timber framing, straw bale, lime renders and green roofs. He has worked for Ben Law’s Roundwood Timber Framing Company for the last 5 years (amongst several other builds) and has recently relocated to Wales where he is looking to do a OPD application in the future. He is currently free lancing in South West Wales for £15/hour.
07789 688565

Anson Allen is a semi-retired Business Consultant having done numerous Business Plans over the last ten years in South West Wales, many of which have been in support of planning applications. These are often an essential requirement for applications. He is now doing voluntary work with community projects and is happy to assist OPC members who need help in this area.
07966 306417

Geo are rural sustainability specialists, with a wide range of experience in planning, housing, economic & community development transport and all the other building blocks of rural sustainability. James Shorten, Geo’s Director, is the main author of the OPD Practice Guidance, and has been involved in low impact rural development for over 20 years. Geo offers impartial, expert advice on OPD covering all aspects of the Practice Guidance, bringing in our specialist colleagues when necessary. We are equally at home working for OPD applicants, Local Planning Authorities or others involved in OPD developments. What matters is that proposals meet the detailed requirements of OPD and that the potential of this ground-breaking approach to rural development can be met through genuine, well thought and justified proposals.

James Shorten
07726 362709

Mark Waghorn Design is an architectural practice based near Llandeilo, South West Wales, lead by architect Mark Waghorn. The company provides a range of architectural and project management services for all stages of a project, from feasibility through to completion on site. Its approach to design is based on a desire to care for the immediate and wider environment, using available materials and resources responsibly for the benefit of future generations. Mark Waghorn has a particular interest in helping those living low impact lives in rural areas and sees One Planet principles and the OPD policy as opportunities to demonstrate the benefits of a rural model of sustainable living to a wider public.

Mark Waghorn  MA Diparch ARB RIBA
01558 822009

Nerina Vaughan (Nina) offers a range of technical architectural services from sustainable building design, production of planning, building regulations and construction drawings and simple structural and thermal calculations. She worked in an architectural practice for 10 years and has a particular interest in designing small, off grid, affordable spaces.
She charges £15 per hour (open to negotiation) and lives near Machynlleth but can work via email and travels to South Wales regularly.
01654 761248

Paul Jennings holds a Diploma of Permaculture Design and has twenty years experience in sustainable land use and low impact living. He has worked in commercial organic agriculture at all scales from walled gardens to large farms both as a head grower and designer, and also in ecological building. He offers design advice on all aspects of permaculture design and sustainable land use including business planning and establishment. He charges £20/hr and is based in Whitland, Carmarthenshire.

Ruston Planning Limited is an independent planning consultancy based in Bristol, UK, which specialises in Gypsy and Traveller, Travelling Showpeople  and Low Impact Development/ One Planet Development cases. Drawing on its planning and research experience Ruston Planning offers services including pre-application site assessments, application and appeal. For more information please contact us on the details below.

Dr Simon Ruston MRTPI
0117 325 0350
07967 308752

Strawbuild specialises in the design and construction of natural buildings. We can help with building design, Planning and Building Regulations applications and specialist reports such as Visual Impact Assessments and Code for Sustainable Homes materials assessments among other things. We also run natural building courses and workshops on site, focusing mainly on straw bale building (load-bearing / infill / wrap), cement free foundations,  and making and applying clay plasters, lime and lime stabilised clay renders.

Bee Rowan: 07736 904186
Michael Howlett: 07826 705493

Tao Paul Wimbush offers a range of support services for OPD applicants ranging from advice on finding the right land, navigating the planning system, writing a management plan, natural building design and drawings for planning applications. He charges £20 per hour, is based at the Lammas Ecovillage in Pembrokeshire and has a wealth of experience in One Planet Development applications.

V3 Power is a workers coop specialising in DIY renewable energy systems. We run courses around the country teaching people to build small wind turbines (200W – 2kW) and we often have a surplus of turbines that are looking for homes. We want to get these turbines generating electricity so are looking for people who would be interested in hosting a turbine or buying them from us at cost price. The turbine is designed by Hugh Piggott and is robust and easily maintained. We have installed many of these turbines and are happy and keen to discuss any queries.

Jack Howe
07969 783353 is a family-run business with the aim of conserving British woodland by helping individuals and families buy their own woodlands to enjoy and to look after. We have woodland and some grassland (all of it owned by available for sale across England and Scotland as well as Wales. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Jon Snape (North Wales) 
Tamsin and Matt Brown (West and South Wales)