Our Team

Matthew Wood / Director
Matthew has been with Phase 2 since 2015, joining as a Senior Planner, progressing in recent years to Director.

Prior to joining Phase 2 Matthew achieved Chartered Status in local authority beginning his professional career at Essex County Council before subsequently joining Braintree District Council’s Development Management team. During this early stage of his career Matthew gained valuable local authority experience in all planning matters including witnessing first-hand the close interplay and intricacies of political and democratic interests in the planning system upon which many major planning determinations are made.

In private consultancy Matthew has evolved his professional experience covering the full range of planning matters including guiding proposals through the complex planning application and appeals process as well as in enforcement and Local Plan promotion matters. Matthew has provided expert evidence at Appeal Hearings and Public Inquiries with great success and is regularly responsible for advising a diverse range of clients from local landowners to national housebuilders and investment portfolio holders on their objectives formulating detailed planning strategies to unlock significant development potential and associated returns.