Mediation in Planning is owned and run by Rob Garnham, an experienced local government politician who has also worked at Westminster level.

Rob has been one of Gloucestershire's most high profile politicians, leading the Scrutiny Inquiry into the 2007 flooding emergency feeding directly into Sir Michael Pitt's national review of the 2007 floods.

He was Chairman of the Gloucestershire Police Authority for 5 years, and the national Chairman of the Association of Police Authorities for 2 years, working closely with central government and Home Office officials. He is an associate member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Rob has tremendous experience of determining planning applications. He finished being a Cheltenham Borough Councillor in May 2014 and previously served on the planning committee for a total of 18 years, including a 4 year term as Chairman. He also served on Gloucestershire County Council's Planning Committee from 2001-12.

He has a wealth of public relations and media experience, acting as the main spokesperson on flooding, policing and planning issues whilst Chair of those committees. He is a regular commentator on local government and policing in the press, on radio and television.

Our application was stalling and Rob was really useful in helping us make contact with councillors and the Parish council. He ensured we fully understood their objections and what steps we needed to take before resubmitting. We got unanimous approval – can't get better than that. Thanks Rob!

Paul Campbell – Director, Richborough Estates, Birmingham.

Rob adds value by giving clear feedback on the climate, pressures and local agendas from the mouths of those who actually make the decisions, and he gets our key points across to the decision makers in a succinct and direct way. That helps avoid rumours and misunderstandings. He's been a key team member, helping us with a number of high profile applications.

Mark Chadwick, Senior Director, Hunter Page Planning Ltd, Cheltenham.

Rob helped us engage not just with the planners but also with the politicians who understood regeneration. This was a vital part of our application and needed to be emphasised. We got a good result and the project is now under construction and should be finished soon.

Tom Waldron, Director, County to County Property Group, Gloucester.