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At Planning Plus®  our goal is to provide comprehensive, professional planning advice that is timely and cost-effective.

Our common-sense approach and extensive skills and experience mean we can provide real solutions to get your project completed.

In particular, the Planning Plus®  promises to our clients are:

  • Our consultants and staff are all experienced and highly regarded within the industry.

  • We provide comprehensive planning solutions.

  • We are reliable, honest and efficient.

  • We apply a high quality focus to all aspects of work.

  • We provide excellent customer service in all areas of the business.

Hannah Thomson

Principal Planner / Director

BSc MApplSc (Environmental Management)

Hannah Thomson is Director of Planning Plus® and has over 20 years of resource management

experience working in both local government and the private sector. This includes five years at

Rodney District Council in roles including Senior Planner and Team Leader. Hannah has a wide

range of experience including commercial, rural, residential and coastal development and subdivision

on small to large scales and appearances at both Council and Environment Court as an expert witness

for mediation and hearings. Hannah has assisted Councils with policy development and has also

assisted private individuals with submissions to Council.

Hannah holds the qualifications of BSc (Environmental Science) and Masters of Applied

Science (Environmental Management), is a  Member (Int) of the New Zealand Planning Institute

and Secretary of the New Zealand Planning Institute Auckland Branch Committee. Hannah is also

a member of the Resource Management Law Association.


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Helen Heard

Principal Planner

BAppSc Env.Sc. BBM

Helen is a Principal Planner at Planning Plu and has over 15 years’ experience in planning

and environmental consulting. 


Helen's experience includes the preparation of resource consents, compliance monitoring,

environmental auditing, community consultation and environmental fund coordination.  Her

background has provided her with a wide range and thorough understanding of technical

and environmental inputs. 


Helen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and Bachelor of Business

(Management) Conjoint Degree and is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. 


Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 208 9966


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Charlotte Vellinga

Senior Planner

Bachelor of Planning (Honours)

Charlotte is a Senior Planner at Planning Plus® and has over 10 years experience in resource management, working in both local government and the private sector. This includes time spent at Auckland Council as a Senior Planner where she processed a wide variety of consent applications. Charlotte has extensive experience in the resource management field including residential, rural, commercial, heritage and coastal development as well as subdivisions ranging from small to large scale. 


Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Planning with Honours from the University of Auckland and is an Intermediate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.


Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 789 9966


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Claire Deng

Senior Planner

Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours)

Claire is an Senior Planner at Planning Plus® and has 4 years of experience in resource consenting. Claire has been involved various projects which include the preparation and assessment of resource consents for residential developments and subdivisions consents.

Claire holds the qualification of Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) and is an Intermediate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

In addition to her planning expertise, Claire is also fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 899 9669


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Emma Batchelor

Business Administrator

Bachelor of Science with Business Studies

Emma is a Business Administrator at Planning Plus® and is responsible for the day-to-day management of administration activities, team support and also assists with client liaison. Emma holds the degree of Bachelor of Science with Business Studies and has a wide variety of administration experience which the Planning Plus team utilise to ensure that clients' experiences are smooth and positive. 



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Phone: 09 427 9966


Office: Shop 3/12 Silverdale Street

Postal Address:

PO Box 310 174
Red Beach, Auckland 0945

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