With over 30 years' experience in the public and private sectors, Michael, with Helen Adcock, established CODE in 2013 with the expressed desire to retain his involvement in direct client work.

Michael established Carpenter Planning Consultants Ltd in 1990 and developed an impressive reputation for proactive advice and implementation of carefully structured and orchestrated planning strategies. Following the merger of Carpenter Planning Consultants with Bidwells in 2004, Michael became Head of Planning and led the Planning Department in its expansion throughout the East of England.

Michael is retained by an impressive list of clients who have sought advice and action on a wide variety of schemes throughout the country.

Michael has been responsible, for example, for obtaining planning permissions for the 45ha retail and business park at Longwater, Norwich, the 160,000sqm extension to Addenbrookes Hospital and Bio-medical Campus in Cambridge, the c3,000 home Southern Fringe expansion of Cambridge, a 12 storey tower redevelopment in Southend, redevelopment of Darenth Park Hospital in Barking, the 100,000sqm R&D expansion of the Norwich Research Park and the further R&D expansion of Babraham Institute, Cambridge.

Michael represents clients regularly at Section 78 appeal inquiries and Local Plan EiP's and acts as expert witness at Compulsory Purchase Hearings. Michael's particular focus is on negotiating successful and viable schemes with local planning authorities without the need for recourse to any appeal processes.