Marrons Planning features on Best Companies list

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Planning consultancy Marrons Planning – as part of legal and professional services group Ampa – has been named one of the top 100 best large companies to work for in the UK by Best Companies.

The group – which also includes full-service law firm for life and business Shakespeare Martineau, consumer champion law firm Lime Solicitors, uninsured loss recovery experts Corclaim, cyber security consultancy CSS Assure and Sussex law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter – came in at 61 on the national large companies’ league table, and also featured in the West Midlands, East Midlands, London and legal rankings.

The Best Companies lists are the highest regarded league tables for great places to work – recognising business’ commitment to employee engagement and positive culture. Rankings are produced based on an independent and anonymous survey of people within the business.

Ampa brands were also awarded Best Companies’ second-highest standard two star accreditation – representing ‘outstanding’ levels of and commitment to workplace engagement.

Last year was Ampa’s first time being involved in the awards – ranking 58 in the top 100 Midlands companies and 42 in the top 75 large London companies.

Ranked 61 in top 100 best large companies

Ranked 12 in top 25 law firm

Ranked 25 in top 75 East Midlands companies

Ranked 25 in top 75 West Midlands companies

Ranked 33 in top 50 large London companies

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It is truly fantastic to have achieved recognition as a top large employer nationally, as well as in law, the East Midlands, West Midlands and London, which is testament to our positive, passionate and authentic culture.

Ben Buckton, chief marketing and people officer at Ampa

Last year, we featured on three lists and it is incredible to have retained and, in some cases, significantly improved our places on these league tables while also ranking so high nationally too.

“We are also delighted to have received such high levels of engagement from our people and a two star ‘outstanding’ accreditation. Our people are our greatest assets, greatest advocates and what we are all about. They drive our business forward and by investing in them, their ambitions, development, and wellbeing, we are able to provide the best service and outcomes for our clients.

“The insights we’ve gained from the B-Heard survey, alongside our own regular internal Pulse feedback, helps us keep our commitment to continuous improvement as we strive to be one of the most empowering and inclusive workplaces in the UK.

Ampa, which has pending B Corporation status, is proactively looking for like-minded businesses to join the group. All Ampa brands are recruiting lateral hires and teams.

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Midlands consultancy expands with senior planner hire

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Leading consultancy Marrons Planning is growing its presence in Worcestershire with the appointment of senior planner Reiss Sadler, following a significant uplift in demand for planning services in the county.

With more than seven years’ experience working with Wychavon District Council as a senior planning officer, the move to Marrons Planning will see Reiss support house builders, land promoters and landowners in the area to secure planning permission for key developments.

Specialising in residential development, five-year housing land supply, site appraisal and promotion, Reiss has a vast knowledge of planning policy, having been heavily involved in development plan preparation, supporting and leading on a variety of topics and in the production of evidence base documents, while also supporting communities with neighbourhood planning.

Reiss said: “I love the variety involved in planning; no two projects are the same. I also feel privileged to be able to deal with opportunities and challenges that can shape places and contribute to the resolution of real-world issues, which impact large proportions of society, such as the national housing crisis.

I am looking forward to using the knowledge and experience I have gained in the public sector to assist clients in realising their development ambitions, particularly in relation to site appraisals and promotion where I can utilise my five-year housing land supply specialism and wider development plan process understanding to achieve the best possible outcome in a timely manner.

Reiss will be based at the firm’s Stratford-upon-Avon hub, but will be working with clients nationally. Reiss joins following a string of appointments by Marrons Planning, including planning director David Fovargue, Simon Macklen as director of economics and urban design expert Alex Craggs.

Gary Stephens, partner and town planning consultant at Marrons Planning, said: “We take a lot of pride in our local authority understanding and expertise across the consultancy, and Reiss’ experience will certainly bolster this pool of experience.

We have significant growth plans in the business, and Reiss will help support our growing client base across Worcestershire, we are thrilled to have him on board.

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Marrons Planning boosts Birmingham reach

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Marrons Planning has launched a Birmingham office hub, with the transfer of five planning experts to the new location – supporting the planning consultancy’s growing client base in the West Midlands.

The team, who were previously based in the East Midlands, will now take the lead in developing Marrons Planning’s offering in the west of the region, including strategic land acquisition and promotion, town planning and urban design.

Leading the charge will be associate director Sachin Parmar and senior planner Alasdair Thorne.

Chartered town planner Sachin has a strong background in the public sector, helping him achieve positive planning results for clients across regeneration, residential, commercial, agricultural and infrastructure projects.

Specialising in residential development and town planning, Alasdair will work with clients across Birmingham and the wider midlands region to promote sites via the local plan process, including sustainable urban expansions, as well as gain planning permission and conduct planning appeals.

Also supporting the Birmingham expansion are urban designers Alex Craggs and the newly-appointed Jared McQueen-Pullen, who joins from Dudley Council, as well as Assistant Planner Isabella Ingram.

Head of Marrons Planning Brian Mullin said: “We have a growing number of team members who have lived, worked or grown up in the West Midlands and who have intimate working knowledge of planning authorities in the region. As we gain momentum in Birmingham, Worcester and Wolverhampton in particular, it made sense for key players in our team to make the move and work from our Birmingham hub in order to cement those relationships with clients and the public sector.

We have an excellent track record for successful planning applications due to our local authority experience, and as a result are seeing growing demand for our services.

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Marrons Planning adds urban design expertise with new appointment

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Midlands planning consultancy Marrons Planning has bolstered its urban design service with the appointment of Jared McQueen-Pullen.

Having launched the new service less than a year ago, the consultancy is strengthening the team in response to growing demand for architecture and urban design advice.

Jared joins the team from Dudley Council, where he was responsible for setting the vision and standard for design within in the borough. Prior to that, Jared was senior planning officer at Birmingham City Council’s City Centre Planning Policy Team.

Notable projects Jared has worked on include the Rea Valley Urban Quarter supplementary planning document – a major masterplan to provide around 10,000 residences and a major river rejuvenation project, as well as working on £1 billion worth of projects for the placemaking and regeneration within Dudley.

In his new role, Jared will be working with strategic land promoters and developers on urban regeneration projects, land promotion and urban extensions. Seeing projects from feasibility through to planning approval, including creating masterplans and urban design schemes, Jared will be utilising his local authority expertise to help clients navigate the complex planning process.

Jared said: “Marrons Planning has enviable experience in delivering placemaking and development to a high standard, consistently delivering successful outcomes for clients and the communities they are involved in. The aspirations of the urban design team are truly exciting and I'm looking forward to working alongside experienced professionals within Marrons Planning and the wider Ampa group of brands.

I love the role that urban design has in shaping the future of places. As designers, it is our role to get the best out of the site as presented to us, working with its opportunities and constraints to achieve the best situation possible for our clients and the future communities who will inhabit them.

Jared will primarily be based at Marrons Planning’s Birmingham hub, but will be working with clients nationally.

Alex Craggs, who heads up the urban design team, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jared into the team. His planning and urban design experience is a dream mix for our clients and we look forward to seeing his innovative take on projects. We have significant plans for growth across our urban design service and throughout Marrons Planning and look forward to Jared being part of that journey.

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Marrons planning announces two promotions

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Planning consultancy Marrons Planning has announced two promotions

Planning experts David Pendle and Gary Stephens, have been promoted to partner and also take an equity share in legal and professional services group Ampa.

Specialising in strategic land promotion, David Pendle has been with Marrons Planning for three years, securing multiple land allocations for strategic developments and planning for around 700 homes on immediate sites in that time, including a mixture of market and affordable housing.

Gary Stephens is a town planning consultant with more than 20 years’ experience, working with national and regional developers and landowners to secure planning permission, or the allocation of their land for development.

Brian Mullin, partner and head of Marrons Planning, said: “We are delighted to have David and Gary join the membership and formalise their leadership positions at Marrons Planning with myself and Andy Gore. Both are first class practitioners. We are privileged to have them as colleagues and they will continue to contribute towards our growing reputation in the market place.

Over the past year, we have seen significant growth necessitated by increased demand from existing and new clients. We have launched new services areas, in socio-economics and urban design, to complement our existing service lines. We have welcomed multiple new experts into our exceptionally talented team. All of this serves to increase the quality of service and depth of expertise for our client base.

Marrons Planning is a strategically critical part of the Ampa. There are fantastic development opportunities available to our people and we have demonstrated that eligibility for membership is not limited to the legal profession. Together with Andy Gore, we look forward to continuing to work with David and Gary as part of a strong and growing group in Marrons Planning.

All brands across Ampa are recruiting lateral hires and teams.

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Biodiversity net gain for developers – how to get ahead of secondary legislation

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The National Planning Policy Framework already sets out a mitigation hierarchy: avoidance, minimisation, onsite restoration, offset and if these criteria cannot be met then technically planning should be refused.

Following the introduction of the Environment Act 2021, from November* 2023 the need to demonstrate at least a 10% biodiversity net gain (either on or off site) over and above a sites pre-development biodiversity value is set to become mandatory and apply to the majority of planning applications in England,

In addition, when the new Schedule 7A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 comes into force paragraph 13 sets to enforce that a standard pre-commencement condition is applied to all permissions granted in England, preventing lawful commencement of development until a ‘biodiversity gain plan’ is submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority.

What do developers need to do to get ahead?

Whilst the mandatory requirement is still some way away, now is the time for developers to apply best practice, and ensure biodiversity is an important and integral consideration when buying land and planning their developments, particularly in the case of greenfield development.

Although a finalised gain plan is not required at planning application stage, any development will need to provide an overview of its 10% biodiversity gain plan at application stage. At this point, it will need to be established if a net gain can be achieved on or off site, and thus, it is advantageous for developers to have an idea about the implications of any Biodiversity Impact Assessment (and any off site offsetting costs) before agreeing a purchase price for land and starting to design out sites.

In addition, it may be beneficial to submit the gain plan in full at the application stage, the advantage not only being that once planning is approved the net gain condition will be discharged and development can begin, but also it may assist with the planning process and the level of support that can be achieved for any development.

At planning application stage: Include details of the steps taken to minimise effects on biodiversity and how it will be enhanced. The consultation sets out the level of core information that is required at this stage including:

The pre-development biodiversity value

The proposed approach to enhancing biodiversity on-site

Any proposed off-site biodiversity enhancements (including the use of statutory credits) that have been planned or arranged for the development

For outline planning applications, it is also likely that additional information will be required in relation to the overall net gain strategy for the whole site and plans for phased delivery (where applicable).

You’ll also need to use the biodiversity metric 3.0 for calculating any impact – more detail can be found about this metric in Natural England’s User Guide.

At pre commencement planning condition stage: It is at this point a full gain plan must be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority setting out the ‘detail’ for delivering that proposed at application stage.

The consultation sets out that the Local Planning Authority will only approve the biodiversity gain plan once they are satisfied that:

The biodiversity gain plan and completed biodiversity metric (submitted as the completed calculator document, not a ‘snapshot’ or summary) show a measurable net gain of at least 10% across all unit types (area-based, and where relevant, linear, and riverine habitats), having regard to policy on matters such as additionality

The information, including pre-development and post-development biodiversity values, presented in the biodiversity gain plan is complete and meets the statutory requirements

Any claimed gains (both on-site and off-site) are appropriately secured and allocated, including the point in the development process that these gains are to be delivered and a proportionate description of how enhancements will be managed and monitored

Some of the practicalities in terms of submission, timeframes and appeals process is yet to be fully published by the Secretary of State and there is speculation around exemptions, including likely exemptions for householder applications, change of use and self-build housing.

For more information about how the Environment Act and biodiversity net gain will affect your developments, contact Jenny Keen or another member of the planning team.

 

*Intended date following the two-year transition period outlined in the Defra’s January 2022 consultation

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Midlands consultancy expands with expert town planner hire

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Leading consultancy Marrons Planning has bolstered and expanded its West Midlands presence through the appointment of expert chartered town planner David Fovargue.

Taking on the role of planning director, David will be responsible for growing the business and will use his vast experience, skills and knowledge to successfully promote land acr chartered town planner oss the country, as well as secure planning permission for land promoters and housebuilders.

With 19 years’ experience, David joins the consultancy after 17 years at Wood Group, where he was technical director – leading development of the company’s town planning service line.

Specialising in strategic land promotion, property and sustainability, David’s planning experience covers applications, appeals and land disposals, taking sites through to delivery and implementation.

David said: “Marrons Planning shares my values and ambitions as a commercial, property-focused planning consultancy, which is clearly going places given its rapid climb up the planning league tables.

“The team has an established reputation in strategic land and development projects, which complements my own capabilities. Marrons Planning is renowned in the industry by its clients and the Royal Town Planning Institute, having received previous awards for planning excellence.

“I am looking forward to helping clients navigate what is a hugely uncertain time for the planning system and housing delivery all-round, as well as supporting the professional development of colleagues through mentoring.

David will primarily be based at the firm’s Stratford-upon-Avon hub, but will be working with clients nationally.

Recently, David has supported Suffolk County Council and Concertus Design & Property Consultants in the permission and £35 million land sale of a 1,150-home urban extension to Sudbury, Suffolk.

This sits alongside other notable projects, including consents for Bellway Homes’ strategic land division in Huntingdonshire and 800 homes for The Crown Estate on sites in Wiltshire and Somerset.

He has also advised local authorities across the UK on policy development in response to climate change, centred on the delivery of low carbon and climate-resilient communities.

David said: “I enjoy leading and working with teams and specialists across different disciplines to deliver success for my clients, often within the cut and thrust of local politics – problem-solving to balance competing planning, technical and environmental challenges.

“Knowing that I am helping to support the delivery of new homes, as well as associated infrastructure, habitats and green space, in the face of a national housing crisis is particularly rewarding.

David joins following a string of appointments by Marrons Planning, including Simon Macklen as director of economics to head up the firm’s new socio-economics service, RIBA chartered architect and urban design expert Alex Craggs in support of its recently-launched urban design service, Kevin Exley as principal planner, and Jacqueline Jackson as planning director.

Gary Stephens, partner and town planning consultant at Marrons Planning, said: “It is fantastic to welcome David to our team, particularly as we look to bolster our reputation in the West Midlands. David’s experience unlocking complex, strategic housing projects such as garden communities and new settlements – from planning to implementation – will be a real asset to our team.

“There has been a significant increase in demand for our services due to our high success rate in achieving planning permission for clients. David will strengthen Marrons Planning and bring new ideas and skills to unlock more sites across the country.

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Midlands planning consultancy expands Leicester team with new hire

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With almost 19 years’ experience working in local government, Jacqueline Jackson has joined Marrons Planning – expanding the leading Midlands consultancy’s Leicester office hub.

Taking on the role of planning director, Jacqueline joins the consultancy after more than three years as development management group leader at Charnwood Borough Council – a role she worked her way up to after joining the local authority as a trainee planning officer in 2003.

Jacqueline will be developing and growing the company’s Leicester team, and liaising with its Stratford-upon-Avon, Nottingham and London hubs, as well as taking on a leading role in a wide range of projects – from medium to large-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes.

With a strong leadership and management background, Jacqueline will nurture and mentor junior team members, maintain and foster a high-performance culture, and play a key role in making strategic decisions to drive the business forward.

Jacqueline said: “I am very excited to have joined the Marrons Planning team and be taking on this new challenge.

As I have spent my entire career in the public sector, there isn’t much I haven’t come across or dealt with – from small applications and listed buildings all the way through to sustainable urban extensions. I am looking forward to using the knowledge I have learned in local government, as well as my leadership and business management skills to drive Marrons Planning forward.

During her time in the public sector – which also included two years at Rushcliffe Borough Council as a senior planning officer – Jacqueline was the case manager for Leicester City Football Club’s world-class training ground, as well as a sustainable urban extension in Loughborough. She has also written and implemented a number of new policies and procedures to ensure better efficiency.

As Charnwood Borough Council’s development management group leader, all the district’s planning applications and strategic projects and developments – as well as planning enforcement, and customer service and administration – fell under Jacqueline’s remit.

She said: “No two days are ever the same in the world of planning. There’s always a new challenge or a different problem that requires a solution. It is also great seeing a site’s regeneration and the impact those improvements have on a local area.

Jacqueline joins following a string of appointments by Marrons Planning, including Simon Macklen as director of economics to head up the firm’s new socio-economics service, RIBA chartered architect and urban design expert Alex Craggs in support of its recently-launched urban design service, and Kevin Exley as a principal planner.

Brian Mullin, partner and head of Marrons Planning said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to the team – her excellent technical and working knowledge will help us to develop a strategic vision for the company to ensure the delivery of key business goals, including supporting with the growth of our design, socio-economic and other emerging practice areas.

There has been a significant increase in demand for our services due to our high success rate in securing planning permission for our clients. Jacqueline will strengthen the team and bring new ideas and skills to unlock sites. Her leadership and business management qualifications add another string to her bow and will be highly beneficial in driving the team forward and nurturing the next generation of planning talent.

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Expert chartered town planner further strengthens Midlands consultancy

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With more than 18 years’ experience working in local government, chartered town planner Kevin Exley has joined Marrons Planning – bolstering and expanding the leading Midlands consultancy’s strategic planning offering.

Taking on the role of principal planner, Kevin – who joins the consultancy after 16 years as a planning policy officer at South Derbyshire District Council and two years as a planning officer at North West Leicestershire District Council – will be offering expert planning advice to clients and formulating strategies that ensure development projects have the best chance of obtaining planning permission.

With a strong public sector background, Kevin understands the complexities of the planning system, the role politics plays in planning, and the ways in which to negotiate the balance in favour of development. He said: “I have worked in local government for many years, working with developers to bring forward housing and other developments. However, by the time local authorities see many emerging projects, much of the ‘planning’ has been done.

Working for Marrons Planning will provide an opportunity for me to use the skills and knowledge I have learned in local government to get involved with potential development sites at an early stage, supporting developers to bring forward much-needed sustainable schemes.

“Like most people, I care about the environment, but equally there is chronic need to build more houses and commercial premises to provide the homes and jobs local communities need. I enjoy the challenge of trying to balance the issues of environmental protection with the need for growth and trying to create good quality developments that don’t cost the earth.

During his time at South Derbyshire District Council, Kevin drafted numerous sections of the authority’s local plan document, which has successfully delivered the housing and employment land needed to meet local and wider Derby housing market area needs since 2011. He has also assisted in selecting the sites earmarked for growth and helped draft the policies included in the plan to minimise the effects of the large-scale of expansion proposed.

Kevin said: “Years working in the Derby housing market area have provided me with a good understanding of the housing and employment issues facing the area. This experience will enable me to provide insight to clients by explaining how local authority planners would likely view their proposals and how they can be enhanced, as well as assist site promoters to adjust to the challenges these issues bring.

More recently, Kevin produced the district council’s local green spaces plan and has been involved in a number of large development projects, including major urban extensions, retail developments, road infrastructure, and energy generation schemes, such as solar farms and battery storage facilities.

Kevin added: “My extensive knowledge of environmental assessment and related legislative requirements and guidance has allowed me to get involved in a wide range of development projects for South Derbyshire District Council, as well as gain experience in dealing with a number of emerging environmental issues including in respect of nutrient neutrality – which is becoming a major bottleneck to development in a number of locations around the UK – and biodiversity net gain, which will become a mandatory requirement for most development over the next few years.

Andy Gore, partner at Marrons Planning and head of the Nottingham team, added: “I’ve worked closely with Kevin for a number of years and know there are few planners out there who can boast a better understanding of the housing and economic issues the East Midlands faces. Kevin is an articulate and hugely experienced planner and I’m genuinely excited about the additional strength and depth he will bring to the growing Marrons Planning team.

Kevin joins following a string of appointments by Marrons Planning, including Simon Macklen as director of economics to head up the firm’s new socio-economics service and RIBA chartered architect and urban design expert Alex Craggs in support of its newly-launched urban design service.

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Planning consultancy launches socio economics service with new director hire

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Socio economics and research expert Simon Macklen has joined Marrons Planning as director of economics – expanding the leading Midlands planning consultancy’s portfolio of services.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, Simon will head up Marrons Planning’s new socio economics service, which will support developers in evidencing the need for and impact of schemes on the local population, social infrastructure and the economy in planning proposals.

In his new role, Simon will be responsible for setting up the new service line – which will complement the consultancy’s existing planning services, including planning applications and appeals, environment statements and commercial assessments – and growing the team in the future.

Simon, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: “Marrons Planning is a forward-thinking consultancy that clearly sees the role of socio economic-related work as of significant benefit to its client base.

“I enjoy drawing out the need for development and its impact on the surrounding population and, in particular, identifying the benefits of a scheme to the local community that are quite often hidden or not so obvious. This insight can also help inform a client’s commercial decision-making process.

Simon graduated from the University College London with a degree in town and country planning in 1996. He then started his career at Dixons Stores Group where he was part of the firm’s graduate programme, before moving to its property function and establishing a location planning team.

In 2005, Simon joined The Littman Partnership as a planning associate, before spending 15 years at Barton Willmore, leading the practice’s development economics department.

He was heavily involved in the development of how housing numbers should be assessed at a local level across the country following the abolition of regional planning strategies. He has also evidenced the economic benefits of many large commercial and residential schemes, including large urban extensions, as well as supporting proposals for a number of regeneration schemes, with evidence on social infrastructure and economic impact.

Simon said: “The Marrons Planning team has been very welcoming and I am looking forward to using my experience to develop the consultancy’s socio economic offering, which will complement the existing skills of the wider team and provide clients with a broader range of in-house services that positively respond to latest government and local planning requirements.

Marrons Planning’s new socio economics service will include: market intelligence – such as consumer profiling and labour market studies – to build a picture of an area and see how the development would fit into its needs; population modelling to understand how an area will change to assess future housing and employment needs; and impact assessments looking at a development’s impression on the community it will sit within.

Brian Mullin, partner and head of Marrons Planning, said: “This is a really exciting new venture for us and one that will allow us to combine town planning and evaluation skills with socio-demographic and economic analysis to provide robust evidence that will inform commercial decision-making and successful planning outcomes.

“We’re well-known for providing planning advice that helps inform our clients’ decision-making process, driving projects forward and using our close working relationships with local planning authorities to help unlock strategic sites.

“Now, we’ll also be able to provide our clients with the tools needed to respond to the requirements of the National Planning Policy framework and substantiate and communicate the full range of benefits their proposals will deliver.

Simon’s appointment comes a few months after Marrons Planning hired RIBA chartered architect and urban design expert Alex Craggs in support of its newly-launched urban design service.

We caught up with Simon about his new role:

 

What attracted you to Marrons Planning?

The role and the people. Marrons Planning clearly sees the benefit of developing its own socio-economic team to both its client base and also as an enabler of growth, allowing it to compete more effectively through a broader service offering with other national planning consultancies.

The team have been very welcoming and I am looking forward to developing the offer.

What do you hope to achieve while working for us?

Provide a nationally competitive offer that complements the existing services offered by Marrons Planning and the wider AMPA groups, broadening the range of services offered to clients.

What do you find interesting in your area of expertise and why can people across the firm refer work to you?

The variety – every instruction is different. However, each tends to relate back to the need for a development and its impact on the surrounding local population. I enjoy drawing that evidence out, and particularly the benefits of a scheme to a local community that are quite often hidden or not so obvious.

Also providing insight to help inform the commercial decision-making process – whether it be identifying future property requirements, assessing opportunities against business requirements, or optimising a property portfolio.

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