Mark Walton Director - Planning
BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI
Mark has over 24 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors in a variety of planning roles. He has previously held senior positions with MJCA and Dorset County Council.
Mark has worked on a wide variety of projects but specialises in developments relating to mineral extraction, regeneration, waste treatment and renewable energy production. He regularly prepares, contributes to and co-ordinates Environmental Impacts Assessment in connection with major development projects. Recent projects include; retail-led schemes; waste to energy projects wind farms and mixed used regeneration development.
Projects that Mark has been involved with include:
- Land at Stretton Hall Farm, Great Glen, Leicestershire – Homes England.
Mark is the Project Director Manager for Homes England working on a hybrid planning application for a circa 100 bed extra care facility and sporting hub for Leicester Grammar School at land at Stretton Hall Farm, Great Glen, Leicestershire. The project involved representation being made to the Examination Hearings into the Submission Draft of the Harborough Local Plan to promote part of the land interest to meet any unmet need for new housing during the plan period. A key area of unmet need in the District is the provision of specialist extra-care accommodation for elderly people. The project is currently at the pre-application consultation stage which has included two public consultation events in local area. WYG is currently preparing the planning application for submission all necessary technical reports as well as the supporting Planning Statement.
- Hotel Indigo, City Buildings, Manchester – Unique Boutique Hotels
Mark was the Project Director and secured planning and listed building consents on behalf of Unique Boutique Hotels for a 187-bedroom hotel and associated restaurant and bar facility adjacent to Victoria Station, Manchester. The proposals consisted on the renovation and restoration of the Grade II Listed City Buildings and the construction of a 14-storey tower on a 0.2 hectare site. The project involved obtaining a variation to the planning and listed buildings consent and ensuring the discharge of all pre-commencement, pre-construction and pre-occupation conditions in a timely manner to allow the new hotel and restaurant facility to open before Christmas 2018.