18 April 2016
WYG has appointed Martin Herbert as a Planning Director in London in a move that will expand its urban regeneration, infrastructure and strategic site promotion work.
The consultancy’s London planning team, based across its West End and City offices, now numbers 22 planners.
Martin, who has over 35 years’ planning experience, joins from AECOM (previously URS and Scott Wilson). Whilst there, he provided advice in the residential, commercial and water-infrastructure sectors, working on projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, Woodberry Down Regeneration, Cross Rail and the Olympic Delivery Authority Framework.
Chris Tennant, Head of Planning in London, said: “Martin’s appointment is part of the expansion of WYG’s planning services which is strengthening its position as one of the premier consultancies in the UK. This complements other recent strategic appointments, and acquisitions. “
Martin said: “In my new role I will be particularly focussing on strategic site promotion for residential-led mixed-use development. I will be building this aspect of the business in London and the South East, both in the private and public sectors. Clients continue to be in urgent need of new site opportunities. The challenge for London is that some regeneration sites are becoming so large and complex only a handful of developers can take them on. More partnerships are likely.”
He added: “The drive for housing delivery is unlikely to diminish in the foreseeable future, but the emphasis on numbers has to be reconciled with the creation of high quality places for people to live, and with the provision of infrastructure in its widest sense, and at the time of development, not as an afterthought.”
WYG ranks amongst the top planning consultancies across the UK, with over 140 planners located in 19 offices.