Alison Hutchinson is a Chartered Town Planner who started her career at South Kesteven District Council, and subsequently moved to Erewash Borough Council and then Huntingdonshire District Council.  Alison moved into private practice working for DPP in Bedford as an Associate Partner before joining Hutchinsons as a partner in 1996.

Alison has wide experience of dealing with planning applications and achieving permissions.  Due to her extensive experience she is constantly in demand by both local planning authorities and commercial and private clients to undertake work and also to appear as an expert witness at Inquiries on a range of issues including enforcement, certificates of lawfulness and retail matters as well as appeals in respect of the refusal of planning permission.  Alison’s extensive recent experience including acting as a retail expert witness at inquiry and providing retail advice on applications for local planning authorities; being brought in to secure a lawful development certificate for a mobile home after a previous application had been refused; acting as planning consultant for the six Building Schools for the Future schemes in Fenland District; obtaining planning permissions for commercial and residential properties; providing planning evidence at inquiry and in the Supreme Court in the Welwyn Case.

Outside the office Alison is a governor for Longsands and Ernulf Academies in St Neots and has recently taken up pilates.