Keating Chambers has appointed barrister Charles Banner QC to establish a new planning and environment practice at the chambers.
The housing ministry has announced the appointment of the first female chief planner. Commentators say Joanna Averley’s arrival suggests the government is keen to show that it is concerned with upholding design quality standards, though there is some debate about how influential she could be over ministers.
Thirteen planning consultancies have been appointed to a £750 million four-year contractor framework for housing association projects across the North West and Yorkshire.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council has appointed a planning consultancy to prepare a masterplan and design codes for the proposed 10,000-home Otterpool Park garden town.
More than nine in ten planning consultancies are now furloughing staff in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while more than two-thirds have introduced both temporary pay cuts and a recruitment freeze, according to Planning’s latest survey.
Most planning consultancies in our updated survey report that demand for their services is now stronger compared to the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 lockdown, but the vast majority of firms are still pessimistic about the long-term impact on workloads.
Social enterprise Public Practice has announced a fourth cohort of built environment professionals to undertake one-year placements in local authority planning and regeneration teams.
Planning consultancy WSP | Indigo is to formally drop the ‘Indigo’ element from its name next week, following the completion of a merger between the two firms.
The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Planning Awards, which recognise outstanding work by councils, consultants, developers, lawyers, voluntary groups and other important players in the UK planning system.
Some 85 per cent of planning consultancies have announced that they are furloughing staff to deal with decreased workloads caused by the coronavirus pandemic, while over half have introduced temoporary pay cuts, according to a survey by Planning.