our team

Collective Planning offers a variety of specialist services to clients. We offer services in a refreshingly  creative, innovative and commercial way, ensuring every potential opportunity is maximised.

John Ferguson BSc (Hons), PG DIP TP, MRTPI 


John has 10 years of experience in private practice and has a successful track record of delivering major planning permissions for complex sites.


John is constantly finding angles to push planning boundaries and is currently working on a number of innovative projects across the live, work and play sectors, including co-living, modular housing and pop-up food and drink markets.


John successfully secured the first communal warehouse living planning policy in London, which allows a new form of communal and creative live/work spaces in former warehouses. He is passionate about high quality design, creativity and the role of the built environment in promoting wellbeing.


John identified a gap in the market for a planning consultancy that is distinctive in pursuing creativity and excellence, whilst offering a personal touch. This led him to found Collective Planning in 2016. The independent consultancy is characterised by its values of innovation, excellence, relationship and integrity.


Outside of work John loves the outdoors and enjoys cycling, skiing and cold-water swimming.  

 e: john@collectiveplanning.co.uk 

 t: +44 (0)203 004 8412 

 m: +44 (0)7713 627 094 

Mark Wiseman BA (Hons), MA 


Mark has 5 years town planning experience and has been involved with a diverse array of projects across the residential, commercial and retail sectors. Working at Collective Planning since near its inception, he is dedicated to forming lasting and collaborative relationships with the clients he works with.


Mark graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Geography and obtained a Masters in Planning Policy and Practice from Southbank University in 2015. He is working towards full membership of the RTPI.


Mark is a keen traveller and took time away from Collective Planning in 2019 to explore south-east Asia and Australasia. He is also a dog lover, and enjoys dancing, playing football, and golf in the summer.

 e: mark@collectiveplanning.co.uk 

 m: +44 (0)7841 017 062 

Heather Yuen BSc (Hons)


Heather works on a variety of exciting projects including residential-led, mixed-use and warehouse living schemes. She has experience in lawful development certificates and providing research informed advice on innovative projects such as co-living, modular housing and over railway line developments.


Heather joined after graduating from University College London (UCL) and has had previous working experience within both private and public sectors. She is currently working towards full membership of RICS and the RTPI.


Outside of work, Heather enjoys dancing, scuba diving and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

 e: heather@collectiveplanning.co.uk  

 t:  +44 (0)759 120 4849 

Charlie van Oppen

Assistant Planner

Charlie is involved in a number of residential projects, retirement living schemes, green field land promotion and a new industrial scheme in North London. He is working towards full chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Charlie joined Collective Planning in 2019. Prior to this he worked as a graduate planner in the private sector where he gained experience in coordinating planning applications for residential developments in London and the home counties.  Charlie completed his master’s degree in Spatial Planning at Oxford Brookes University where he was the recipient of the RTPI Future Planner bursary.


Outside of work, Charlie enjoys playing cricket and climbing with friends.

 e: charlie@collectiveplanning.co.uk  

 t:  +44 (0)203 004 8412 

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