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Chris Crew

Chris Crew 

Senior Planning Consultant | Guernsey




Chris joined the Property team in Guernsey in April 2022. He advises on all town planning related matters for both private and commercial clients, including initial options and feasibility analysis, exemption queries, pre-application enquiries, development frameworks, planning and lawful use certificate applications, discharge and variation of planning conditions, high hedge complaints, enforcement matters, appeals, and in relation to periodic reviews of development plan policies and any associated inquiry hearings.

Chris also provides advice to, and makes representations on behalf of, clients who may be concerned about potential impacts arising from a proposed development.

"I enjoy getting to grips with the nuts and bolts of the simple to the most complex and challenging of planning projects, and aim to provide clear, practical and timely advice based on a detailed understanding of the planning system and clients' objectives in order to secure the best achievable outcome in each case."


Chris was elected as a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2017, prior and subsequent to which he was employed as a senior Planning Officer in both England and Guernsey.

He has extensive development control experience spanning more than 17 years. During this time he has dealt with high profile and contentious planning applications and appeals including large scale residential, office/commercial and renewable energy developments amongst others.

He has a particular interest in complex, design-led schemes involving protected buildings and conservation areas.


Following a somewhat unusual route into town planning, Chris completed a first degree in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Reading.

He drove tractors on a potato farm in the Lincolnshire Fens before joining South Holland District Council's Planning Department in 2004. In 2009 he was awarded a Masters degree (with Merit) in Town and Country Planning from the University of the West of England.

Prior to joining Collas Crill Chris worked at the States of Guernsey Planning Service.


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Collas Crill has a proven track record for planning matters, including initial advice, and running all the way through to successful planning appeals. Our aim is to make the planning process as simple as possible, bearing in mind at all times our clients' primary goal.

Guernsey's Senior Planning Consultant, Chris Crew, can offer: 

  • initial options and feasibility analyses
  • pre-application enquiries
  • completing and submitting planning applications
  • exemption queries
  • development frameworks
  • planning and lawful use certificate applications
  • discharge and variation of planning conditions
  • enforcement matters
  • planning appeals
  • general planning advice

For more information please contact Chris at or click here.


At Collas Crill we take a hands-on approach, working in close collaboration with our clients, their advisers and other legal professionals to ensure every deal and transaction is managed to successful completion. Regardless of the prevailing economic and market conditions our goal is to minimise the risks and drive maximum value for our clients in every property transaction. Our property specialists have the local knowledge and expertise to not only offer top quality advice on all commercial and residential transactions, but to give meaningful opinions and anticipate challenges and opportunities at every stage of the process.

Insight 27 Apr 2023

The Island Development Plan review

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Insight 14 Apr 2023

Top planning application tips

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Insight 24 Mar 2023

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News 1 Mar 2023

Guernsey Immunity Certificate fee i

Applying for an Immunity Certificate from the States of Guernsey Development & Planning Authority (DPA) is due to become more costly. The application fee (currently £70)...

Guide 24 Feb 2023

Collas Crill explains… The Island Development Plan Review - Part 1

In the first of a series of articles relating to the review of Guernsey's Island Development Plan, Senior Planning Consultant Chris Crew focuses on current issues with - and...

Insight 23 Sep 2022

Planning insight: CLUs in Guernsey

The introduction of Certificates of Lawful Use ("CLU") Prior to May 2019 it was possible for unauthorised uses of land or buildings in Guernsey to become immune from...

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