Personnel

Chris Wojtulewski

Chris has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1998 and has extensive knowledge of town planning issues across the country. He has advised on a number of major development projects including urban extensions, urban regeneration projects and large scale residential and commercial developments.

He has experience negotiating planning applications and can handle the appeal process on behalf of clients, including where necessary, giving evidence at public inquiries. He can also advise clients on promoting land through the Local Plan system where he has experience of giving evidence at public examinations and has been successful at influencing the content of Local Development Documents.

Mark Best

Mark is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is commercially astute and pragmatic when seeking solutions on behalf of his clients.

He has a broad range of experience and practices in a variety of areas including renewable energy, commercial and public sector projects. His focus in recent years has been on major residential schemes. He acts for a number of housebuilders and land promoters coordinating large multidisciplinary teams to deliver complex planning applications and appeals. He also has considerable experience in promoting land through Local and Neighbourhood Plans across the South East including attending Public Examinations.

He formerly worked for Wealden District Council in their Planning Policy Team, formulating policy for the Council’s Core Strategy and working on the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Tondra Thom

Tondra is an associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with a degree in Geography from Southampton University and an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management from Oxford Brookes University. Tondra began her planning career in local authorities in 2007 having previously worked as an Environmental Consultant on Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Tondra joined Parker Dann in 2020 moving from the role of Planning Policy Lead for Lewes and Eastbourne Councils where she consolidated practical experience and in depth knowledge of Local Plans, Neighbourhood Planning, Habitat Regulations Assessment, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), public examinations, planning and CIL appeals.

Sven Rufus

Sven is a licentiate member of the RTPI. He joined Parker Dann from Brighton and Hove City Council where he was a Planning Officer dealing with urban regeneration projects for mixed use schemes, backland housing development and change of use applications.

His route to planning has been less conventional than most and as such be benefits from a broad range of experience and is able to perceive planning issues from the aspect of different stakeholders. He has a degree in Ecology and Conservation from Sussex University, and spent his early career working for nature conservation charities focusing on development proposals, sustainability and strategic planning, before moving on to work as a self-employed Ecological Consultant.

He is well versed in the political aspect of planning having spent eight-year spell as a City Councillor at Brighton and Hove City Council. He retains a special interest in environmental issues, including Biodiversity Net Gain, and work relating to habitat and landscape proposals.