21 March 2018
We’re happy to announce the appointment of Alan Houghton as Director of Planning and Advisory Services at our Manchester office.
Joining us from AECOM, Alan will use his thorough industry knowledge and experience to head up our planning efforts in the North West and across the UK. As part of that, he will coordinate with planning teams across our offices to facilitate sharing of knowledge, work, and expertise.
Alan derives his experience from many years with the global integrated design and engineering consultancy, Scott Wilson Group plc. (later acquired by URS Corporation, and most recently, AECOM in 2014). Having joined the firm in 2002, he led the planning team from 2005. and acted as Project Director for major planning, infrastructure, master planning and regeneration commissions.
On top of that, he has managed large and complex public and private partnerships, projects, and programmes, with extensive strategic development and spatial planning experience in the north and midlands of England. This includes legislative negotiations to achieve planning approvals and planning policy frameworks to align local authority and private sector aspirations, with successful and sustainable development in mind.
Alan said: "One of the most genuinely exciting parts I'm looking forward to is getting to grips with working with all the planners in the different offices and making sure we're all on the same page. If there’s an area of expertise that doesn’t exist in my team, it will exist elsewhere in the country."
"It's a constantly changing market out there. It was different five years ago, and it will continue to change going forward, so it's an exciting challenge to grapple with."
Simon Chadwick, Head of Planning – North at WYG, commented on Alan’s appointment: “We welcome Alan, along with his vast knowledge and experience, to head up the North West planning team and manage our staff in Manchester and Cumbria. His background within multidisciplinary practices and regeneration will add a new dimension to our established expertise across the residential, infrastructure, retail, and commercial sectors.”