Alastair Curran

Principal Planning Consultant

Alastair Curran

Alastair Curran joined La Ronde Wright, now Planning Places, in December 2019 as the Principal Planning Consultant. Alastair leads on a number of major projects for the firm, alongside handling a range of applications requiring bespoke strategies. Alastair has a talent for negotiation and thrives on winning appeals and leaving planning committees with success.


Alastair started his planning career in the Southeast of England at Canterbury City Council where he handled a high case load of applications ranging from tree works, to Listed Building consents, through to householder and minor planning applications. This eventually cumulated in handling a mixed caseload of major developments, complex, and controversial minor applications. Alastair worked his way up deliberately undertaking a range of applications to ensure he had a competent working knowledge of all planning areas, and along the way realised he had a passion for Gypsy and Traveller developments, ensuring that Canterbury City Council maintained its 5-year housing land supply. Additionally, Alastair worked closely with heritage and enforcement officers, and undertook work within the UNSCO World Heritage Site of Canterbury Cathedral which is a Grade I Listed Building as well as hundreds of other Listed Buildings and historically sensitive locations across the district. Whilst working for Canterbury City Council, Alastair achieved his second masters in Spatial Planning from University College London, where he was nominated for an award for a regeneration scheme in London.


Prior to joining Planning Places, Alastair was the Senior Planning Officer for the Major Projects Team at North Norfolk District Council. Alastair handled a mix of large-scale residential applications, major commercial developments, large agricultural developments, and environmentally sensitive applications requiring Environmental Impact Assessment considerations. Alastair also has a strong track record for delivering mixed-use sites, although this does not detract from his enjoyment of dealing with smaller scale projects of one-off dwellings and aiding entrepreneurial start-ups. Whilst at North Norfolk District Council Alastair also engaged with the planning policy team, reviewing draft sites for the Regulation 19 submission for the New Local Plan (the other side of the coin for strategic land promotion).


At Planning Places, Alastair maintains his well-rounded knowledge by working and project managing on a number of projects ranging from strategic land promotion, sensitive heritage development, bespoke paragraph 80 (formerly paragraph 79) dwellings and large scale residential, care, and mixed-use sites. Alastair enjoys the variety of taking on projects from further afield, with work previously in Wales, Carlisle, Northumberland, Leicestershire, London, and back in the Southeast of England as well as in his regular East Anglia patch.


Alastair is involved in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), sitting on the Young Planners committee for the East of England, and sits on the Membership Assessment Advisory Panel for the RTPI. Outside of work, Alastair is a keen golfer (although he says he spends more time looking for balls than sinking putts), as well as being an avid archer shooting longbow, and a keen swimmer found most days somewhere off of the North Norfolk coast.