Marrons Planning’s Stratford-upon-Avon team has doubled in size in less than 12 months – helping meet the needs of the planning consultancy’s growing client base in the West and South Midlands.
The six-people-strong team will take the lead in developing Marrons Planning’s offering in the regions, providing services including securing planning permission for development and promoting greenfield and brownfield land to meet future housing and employment needs.
Planning director David Fovargue joined the firm with more than 10 years’ experience helping clients secure planning permission. His experience and skills dovetails with the local knowledge provided by two additional recruits – senior planners George Smith, from Cherwell District Council who has more than six years’ experience of town planning in Oxfordshire, and Reiss Sadler, from Wychavon District Council who brings more than seven years’ town planning experience in Worcestershire.
Leading the charge is partner Gary Stephens, who has more than 20 years’ town planning experience. He said: “We’re always looking for new people to help grow our business and increase our presence across the region.
“Moreover, the planning process is not getting any easier to navigate, with ever-changing policies and pressures, so having local knowledge and the ability to foresee and resolve issues is more important now than ever.
“David, George and Reiss bring expertise in Oxfordshire and Worcestershire, and will help maintain our excellent track record for securing planning permission and land allocations.”
Marrons Planning – as part of legal and professional services group Ampa – was named one of the top 100 best large companies to work for in the UK by Best Companies and placed in the top 25 West Midlands businesses.
The group’s Stratford-upon-Avon hub – in Bridgeway House, just off the A3400 and near the River Avon – recently underwent an eco-friendly revamp to reflect modern, new ways of working. More than 80% of the materials used as part of the refurbishment were sustainably sourced, recycled or reused.
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