I have been fortunate enough to work on a wide range of interesting and diverse projects across the country for high-profile clients and individuals. I have taken immense pride in playing my part to find solutions to often complex issues and help deliver successful new places and communities.

Will Cobley

Technical Director

BSc (Hons) DipTP CertUD MRTPI

will.cobley@torandco.com linkedin

Since rejoining the practice in 2017 Will has been an integral part of our interdisciplinary tor&co team with a broad responsibility for project management and the delivery of complex schemes at a variety of scales.


Will specialises in promoting new communities and advises on site opportunities, planning strategies and regularly leads on a range of challenging schemes throughout the UK in both the public and private sectors.

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Will's Projects

Marleigh New Community

tor&co has assisted Hill Marshall for over a decade to secure outline and reserved matters planning approvals for a sustainable new community on their land located on the eastern edge of Cambridge. The development now called Marleigh, will provide up to 1,300 homes, a primary school, local centre and community playing fields on land to the north of Cambridge Airport.


In addition to the new community, the proposal also consolidates a number of the existing employment uses on the Norh Works site.


tor&co was responsible for developing the planning strategy, coordinating the consultant team and providing planning and environmental advice throughout the preparation and negotiation of the outline and reserved matters applications.


The practice continues to act for the Hill Marshall development partnership to co-ordinate the delivery of the reserved matters applications, conditions and Section 106 obligations to facilitate the phased buildout of the scheme.


Image: The Hill Group and Marshall

Marjorie House

tor&co assisted Care South achieve planning permission for a new 50- bedroom care facility at their prestigious coastline site in Lilliput, Poole.


The site had been occupied by a former end of life hospice, but the building was deemed unfit for conversion and did not make the best use of the site and its spectacular views. Care South took the decision to redevelop the site with a purpose-built facility that would provide the highest standards of care for elderly, frail and dementia residents.


Key planning issues included the constrained nature of the site, extensive tree coverage, the proximity of surrounding properties and the site’s location within Poole’s protected Coastline Zone.


We were responsible for developing the planning strategy, coordinating the consultant team and negotiating the planning application through to a positive decision. Despite the scale of the proposal and interest from neighbouring properties, the result was achieved through the submission of a single planning application, which was determined without the need to be reported to a planning committee meeting.

Banbury Road

tor&co assisted Blenheim Strategic Partnerships to secure outline planning permission for 235 contemporary new homes within the historic town of Woodstock.


The project required a sensitive approach to ensure that the proposal achieved a high-quality modern design, that respected its setting on the edge of the settlement, which included nearby listed buildings, a conservation area and World Heritage designation.


The scheme also illustrated the client’s landowner legacy principles, which embraced the achievement of significant biodiversity net gain, energy efficient homes and the promotion of cycling and walking.


Image: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects