RPS expands planning offer with senior appointment

Operations Director Tim Partridge (far left), with Principal Planner Lucy Yates (centre) and RPS’ Birmingham based planning team.

Multidisciplinary consultancy RPS has continued the expansion of its planning offering in Birmingham with the appointment of a principal planner, Lucy Yates.

Lucy has joined the team from Barton Willmore, where she was a Senior Planner.

Her new role will involve providing core planning advice, site promotion, environmental assessment statements and pre-application planning advice.

Lucy has built up extensive experience within the planning sphere over the last ten years, and is well-versed in residential and mixed-use development in Birmingham City Centre.

Her broad experience includes six years at Worcestershire County Council, managing a varied planning application caseload for new schools, infrastructure, railway stations, mineral development and waste management facilities.

She has also held an in-house role with a private sector developer, advising on the delivery of dementia care homes, extra care housing, doctor’s surgeries and small to medium scale employment sites.

Lucy said: “Joining a business like RPS is a fantastic opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting involved in the major projects on which the business is advising.

“This is a great new challenge for me, and I hope my experience in both private and public sector organisations, knowledge of planning policy and relationships which I’ve built within the industry regionally will be useful to the fantastic team we have in place here.”

Lucy has previously advised on key projects in the region, including medium to large scale mixed-use and residential led developments within the Birmingham City Core and further afield, and has also worked on strategic employment strategies and residential land promotion.

Operational Director at RPS, Tim Partridge, said: “Lucy’s appointment will strengthen what is already a talented team of planners at RPS, and we’re sure she will become a real asset to the business.

“Her appointment will give us further knowledge and strength concerning the ongoing development of Birmingham city centre alongside our established presence in the greenfield residential sector.

“We are continuously talking to major developers and landowners regarding development opportunities in the region, and are looking forward to continuing to grow our portfolio of work in 2020.”