Meet The Team

CDN Planning’s directors and planners are skilled planning and urban design professionals who are committed to providing a personal and professional service. As a team, we have considerable experience in town planning, urban design, landscape design, sustainable development and urban regeneration.

We can provide a truly holistic approach to problem solving, combined with a creative outlook that provides imaginative solutions in a collaborative manner.

Graham Carlisle joined the late Charles North in the late 1980s to launch a new planning consultancy based at Pontardawe in the Swansea valley. Kedrick Davies joined soon thereafter and the company traded as Carlisle, Davies and North until rebranding as CDN Planning. The practice relocated to Swansea, firstly within the new SA1 development, and is now based in the leafy Uplands area of the city centre.

Graham Carlisle MRTPI (Director) has extensive development control experience and has excellent working knowledge of planning law and related case law. With a local authority background added to 25 years as a consultant, Graham advises a wide variety of clients from both public and private sectors. He has acted for clients at numerous planning appeals, including public inquiries and is equally comfortable in undertaking the roles of expert witness and of advocate. Graham has also served as a contract Inspector to An Bord Pleanála (the Irish Planning Appeals Board). Graham has a BA in Geography from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in planning related research from Swansea University.

Kedrick Davies MRTPI (Consultant) holds a diploma in Urban Design with distinction as well as a being a longstanding member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Whilst working at CDN Planning Kedrick has been engaged for more than 10 years by North Somerset Council, working on the delivery of major regeneration projects at Weston-Super-Mare and Portishead. His urban design background has also seen him lead multi-disciplinary teams involved in major projects in Porthcawl and in the Vale of Glamorgan. Kedrick sits on the Design Review Panel at the Design Commission for Wales. He also has a track record of success on behalf of private clients and developers and is especially interested in sustainable development and renewable energy. His other interests include cycling, tennis and exploring the mountains of Europe. Kedrick is also a Welsh speaker.

James Banks BSc(Hons) (Assistant Planner) joined CDN Planning in July 2017 after graduating with a bachelors degree in City Planning at Cardiff University. As part of his degree, James worked as a planning officer at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, dealing with a wide variety of minor developments as both enforcement officer and development control officer. This experience has helped James acquire a detailed understanding of the planning process and he later developed his knowledge of major development whilst working part time as a private consultant during his final months of study. With an established planning career he aims to become a Charted Town Planner over the next few years. In late 2017 James married his partner and they had their first child in the middle of 2018.