About Us

ABL Planning & Development was founded in 2020 by Rachael Evans and is based in Northwich, Cheshire.


A Chartered Member of the RTPI, Rachael has over 10 years of experience having worked in both the public and private sectors.  Rachael has extensive planning experience having worked in Development Management teams in Local Planning Authorities within the North West region whilst her strategic work for a land promotion company took her all across the UK.  


Keen to get back to ‘ grassroots planning’, Rachael offers a range of services from managing and submitting planning applications and appeals, leading on enforcement matters, through to strategic project management.



Paul - Trafford

We wanted advice on a number of domestic works as we didn't know whether planning was needed or not.  Rachael's honesty saved us ££s as we found we could do everything under permitted development.  

Robert - Flintshire

The plan drawer I hired was great however, the Council wanted the pitch of the extension roof changing due to the impact on the Conservation Area. Altering the pitch would have resulted in the loss of my bathroom window. The plan drawer put me in touch with Rachael who came on board and made a planning case to the Council as to why the plans as submitted were policy compliant. Needless to say, no amendment to the pitch of the roof was required and I kept my bathroom window.

Brian - Cheshire West & Chester

I contacted Ms Evans with the view to developing a number of dwellings in my rear garden.  Ms Evans advised that based on her experience, it was highly unlikely that the Council would support an application for housing in my garden.  After understanding the likely costs involved, as well as the time it would take to go through the process, I decided against the idea and chose to enjoy my garden instead.