Building on the success of our Kendal and Glasgow offices, we are delighted to announce the opening of our third regional office in Newcastle. The office officially opened its doors to business in November 2017 and is headed by Planning Director, Mary Campbell, who moves from our Kendal office. With the appointment of Alastair Willis (Technical Director) and Marie-Louise Milliken (Principal Planner), the Newcastle office is both an extension of the existing business strengths, providing independent planning and landscape advice in the minerals, waste, infrastructure and renewables sectors, and an expansion into property related planning.
The Newcastle office is based in the iconic Old Post Office building on St Nicholas Street. The Old Post Office building recently underwent a £5.8m redevelopment, which included new office premises in the upper floors. Stephenson Halliday were one of the first businesses to move into the new office space in November 2017 and we see it as the perfect location to grow our business in the north east.
Alastair joins the business from the Newcastle office of a national planning consultancy where he worked for the past 11 years, and has a total of 13 years private practice experience. He brings extensive town planning experience and knowledge in all areas of property planning; including residential, commercial, retail and tourism development.
Over that period he has worked to deliver successful planning outcomes for national, regional and local house builders, retail operators, land owners and investors, and has developed a strong reputation within the north east to build Stephenson Halliday’s Newcastle office.
Marie-Louise Milliken joins the team from north east based developer, The Banks Group. Marie-Louise is a chartered planner with over 10 years’ experience working in the private sector, including time spent within a large multidisciplinary consultancy working on residential, minerals, regeneration, highways, energy and waste developments. As lead planner for major planning applications, including EIA development, Marie-Louise has forged excellent working relationships with clients, Council officers and key stakeholders alike.
Building upon the strength of the sector, Stephenson Halliday believes there is a gap in the market in the north east to establish a niche planning and landscape consultancy. The scale of the business allows our clients to benefit from our high quality and expert professional advice, whilst interacting with directors of the business as much as they will with more junior members of the team. The Newcastle office is well placed to provide advice across all sectors of the town planning industry, and we look forward to extending the strong reputation of the Stephenson Halliday brand.
Mary Campbell, head of the Newcastle office, said:
“This is a very exciting move for Stephenson Halliday and builds on the growing demand for our services. We have recruited new staff to undertake work already secured in the North East region and the quality of the space at the Old Post Office has, I have no doubt, helped us to attract the very best.”