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Barton Willmore expands Leeds office with new recruits

Expert planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has expanded its Leeds office with three new recruits.

Rachel Gillen joins the city centre-based consultancy from commercial property agents GVA.

She brings more than seven years’ experience as a chartered town planner to the role, having previously worked for the City of Edinburgh Council and consultancy Stratus.

Rachel has worked on range of planning projects including residential, renewable energy, industrial and education schemes.

Meanwhile Lucie Jowett, also a chartered town planner, joins Barton Willmore from Quod.

She brings more than five years’ experience – spanning residential, retail and commercial sector work – to the King Street-based team.

And University of Liverpool graduate Harriet Haldenby starts her career with the team having earned a first class degree in Urban Regeneration and Planning. 

James Hall, partner at Barton Willmore, said: “We’re delighted to grow our highly skilled team in Leeds with three brilliant planners.

“Rachel and Lucie both know our patch well and will bring their own experience to the table, and Harriet is starting her career with us.

“Barton Willmore’s strength in Yorkshire is underpinned by strong cross-sector knowledge and understanding of the local authority areas.”

Both appointments follow Barton Willmore’s 20th anniversary in Leeds. The intervening years have seen the team secure planning permissions for some of the country’s largest housebuilders, as well as major commercial and energy sector schemes.

James added: “Barton Willmore continually delivers first class consultancy to developers across Yorkshire.

“In just the last year our team has been successful in securing significant permissions for some of the county’s most prominent schemes including the second phase of the Waverley Advanced Manufacturing Park, Harrogate Spring Water’s expansion in Harrogate and the Skelton Gate new community on the outskirts of Leeds.

“The latest appointments to our team mean we’ll continue to play a leading role in the development and growth of Yorkshire.”

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