Ryan
Nicholls

Planner, Planning

Ryan is a town planner with over 3 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Ryan joined Bidwells from Place Services, the consultancy arm of Essex County Council, in 2017.

Ryan has experience of strategic policy planning at the Local Plan level, having produced Sustainability Appraisals to assist in the adoption of Local Plans for a variety of districts and boroughs in Essex and Suffolk as well as county level Minerals and Waste Local Plans.


In his role with Bidwells, Ryan contributes to the development of major sites in Essex, outer London and south Suffolk. His work ranges from Local Plan promotion to planning applications, appeals, discharge of conditions and appraisals. Often working within wider multi-disciplinary teams on major applications, Ryan has sound knowledge of specialist planning constraints and provides advice to clients to effectively achieve successful planning permissions.


Currently studying a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Ryan is working towards becoming an RTPI Chartered Town Planner.

  • Planning advice and guidance for major applications within tight timescales;
  • Promotion of sites through the Local Plan process;
  • Identification of planning constraints and opportunities for development;
  • Management of major planning applications and liaising with large project teams
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