Ben Wharfe

Wharfe Rural Planning was established in 2010 by Ben Wharfe. A wide variety of experience and skills in planning, property and business enable Ben to provide expert advice and practical solutions to rural based clients. Ben has been a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for over 15 years and previously served as an Officer in the Black Watch. A lifetime living and working in the Countryside have provided Ben a strong appreciation of the challenges for home owners, businesses and developers in rural areas. A combination of professional skill and individual passion provide Ben the motivation and acumen to deliver excellence in rural planning. Ben is proud to lead a progressive, ambitious and growing team at Wharfe Rural Planning.

Ben Kettle

Ben Kettle joined Wharfe Rural Planning as a Planning Consultant in February 2018. Ben’s key role at Wharfe Rural Planning is to provide professional advice and practical solutions to clients on a wide range of issues. Work undertaken includes site assessments, development strategies and the preparation and submission of planning applications. Prior to joining WRP, Ben gained six years’ experience working within the public sector at Cheshire West and Chester Council, most recently as Senior Planning Officer. The nature of Ben’s previous experience means that he brings a diverse knowledge base and skill set to WRP and is able to advise on a wide range of planning matters including planning enforcement issues. Ben is a Licentiate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is on the pathway to becoming a Chartered Member having submitted his Assessment of Professional Competence to the RTPI. Ben’s education was gained at the University of Liverpool in the Master of Civic Design. Outside of work Ben enjoys spending time with his young family, playing cricket, watching sport and learning about fitness and nutrition.

Beth Binyon

Beth Binyon joined Wharfe Rural Planning as Office Manager in February 2018. Beth’s role involves providing support with administration, ensuring you have the best client experience possible. Alongside managing our inhouse systems and processes. Beth has a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked for many years within HR and Organisational Development, at both public and private sector organisations. Beth is a keen cook and enjoys baking. She is a volunteer for two local charities, and also has a young family which keep her very busy.

The detail

We are known for an in-depth knowledge of of the issues and challenges facing the rural sector and strive to produce development proposals that benefit people, places and the environment.
We are proud to represent farmers, rural businesses, rural landowners and those living and working in the rural community.
All our work is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. As an independent and chartered organisation the RICS regulates and maintains professional standards of of over 91000 qualified members. It regulates and promotes the work of these property professionals throughout 146 countries and is governed by a Royal Charter which requires it to act in the public interest.
We undertake instructions on planning and development issues relating to farming, rural property, residential dwellings, rural housing development and rural businesses.


“Your professionalism and amazing attention to detail delivered a business plan which exceeded the planners expectations enforcing confidence in the development by all parties.”
“Where another consultant failed, your masterly appraisal of the planning laws, exposing considerable false reasoning by the planning authority, leading directly to a successful submission. A superb piece of work.”
Mr Steve Turner, Turner Wilson
“You have provided us an indepth knowledge and a commonsense approach.”
Mr Douglas Richardson, J F Richardson & Co
“Where other consultants were defeatist from the start, Ben’s professional approach resulted in the removal of a very restrictive 106 agreement  to a quick and satisfactory conclusion”
Mr & Mrs Bayley