We are the leading planning consultancy in the North West, founded in the city over 30 years ago.

We provide expert full service planning advice as part of an integrated service across all development sectors. Our team also has an unrivalled track record in providing expert witness services at public inquiries, Court proceedings, CPO inquiries and the Lands Tribunal.

We have been involved in some of the region’s highest profile projects such as Cain’s Brewery Village in Liverpool and Barton Renewable Energy Plant in Trafford and have won housing appeals in Cheshire West, Ribble Valley, Chorley and Preston.

At Wirral Waters our planning and design teams have been instrumental in delivering a flexible “masterplan” outline planning permission for one of the UK’s largest and most ambitious development and regeneration projects with over 1,500,000 sq m of new floorspace. 

Our planning team is led by Stephen Bell and the office is a base for our design and economic planning services led by Richard Laming and Stephen Taylor.

Our local connections include:

  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Manchester
  • STREET North West
  • CityCo
  • Landscape Institute
  • North West Young Planners
  • Forum for the Built Environment
  • Renewable UK.
1 New York Street
Manchester M1 4HD
Tel. +44 (0)161 233 7676
Strategic Communications
Dave Trimingham
Managing Director
0161 233 7676
Stephen Bell
Senior Director, Head of Planning North
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Andrew Bickerdike
David Diggle
Bob May
Sam Ryan
Director, Head of Compulsory Purchase
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Mark Worcester
Felicity Collins
Associate Director
Lewis Evans
Associate Director
Nick Graham
Associate Director
Anna Relph
Associate Director
Peter Rowe
Associate Director
Elinor George
Senior Planner
Carly Hinde
Senior Planner
Amy Longmore
Senior Planner
Olivia Carr
Katie Daniels
Jenny Fryer
Adam Buxton
Assistant Planner
Jack Dickinson
Assistant Planner
Stephen Taylor
Director, Head of Design North
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Mark Blain
Associate Director, Urban Design
Debbie Clutton
Senior Urban Designer
Rebecca Merridew
Senior Urban Designer
Patricia Garcia Perez
Urban Designer
Lia Nardin
Urban Designer
Andreas Siantos
Assistant Urban Designer
Katy Lightbody
Director, Heritage
Claire Easton
Senior Planner, Heritage
Jack Haw
Senior Planner, Heritage
Kerrie Melrose
Senior Consultant, Heritage
Richard Laming
Senior Director, Head of Economics
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Antony Pollard
Director, Economics
Matthew Spilsbury MRICS
Director, Development Advisory
Gavin Amos
Associate Director, Economics
Steve Smith MRICS
Assoc. Director, Development Advisory
Andrew Lowe
Senior Planner, Economics
Mark Sansom
Senior GIS Consultant
Tom Ellis
Assistant Consultant, Economics
Constantine Thanopoulos
Assistant Development Surveyor
Emma Dickson
Associate Director, Strategic Communications
Michael Clare
Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications