Move creates great opportunities for planning consultants

Craig Stockley, Anne-Marie Mombeyarara and Steve Hesmondhalgh
Craig Stockley, Anne-Marie Mombeyarara and Steve Hesmondhalgh
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North East planning consultancy Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates is relocating to Bishop Monkton, near Harrogate.

The consultancy made the decision to relocate its main office to North Yorkshire after winning a raft of new contracts in the county.

The firm’s managing director Steve Hesmondhalgh said: “There is growing economic optimism in North Yorkshire and we are seeing an increase in the number of clients who recognise the potential for development, which can only be good news for the local and regional economy.

“Our new offices in Harrogate reflect this confidence and we’re looking forward to working on some exciting schemes.”

Mr Hesmondhalgh said that he and associate planner Craig Stockley have over 30 years of planning industry experience between them and work closely with a team of consultants that includes architects, economic and housing policy consultants, transport engineers, ecologists and landscape architects.

“We’ve built a reputation in the North East for delivering viable, commercially attractive schemes,” said Mr Hesmondhalgh.

“The new economic reality we are working in means planners must adopt a pragmatic approach, and we offer clients sensible schemes that satisfy the needs of landowners, funders, and planning authorities alike.

“Changes to policy and incentives from government will all change the UK’s landscape in the coming years. There are great opportunities throughout North Yorkshire in both villages and urban areas.”

He added that the firm offers a highly commercial outlook on the planning process.