Belfast-based planning consultancy expands

Managing director Clyde Shanks (centre) alongside his new team

BELFAST-based planning consultancy Clyde Shanks has expanded to tackle the rising workload in various sectors across Northern Ireland.

Promoting four staff to director and associate director as well as adding a new employee, Clyde Shanks is now the largest independently owned planning consultancy in Northern Ireland.

With clients across sectors including residential, waste, commercial, agri-food, energy infrastructure, leisure and liquor licensing, managing director, Clyde Shanks, says the company has never been busier and that companies are moving forward and seeking out new opportunities where possible.

“We are planning development across Northern Ireland and our team has never been more active; we are clearly seeing exceptional growth across many sectors,” he said.

“As a result, we've made several promotions to director and associate director recognising the great contributions made to the business by Thomas Bell, Gavin Rolston and Clare McParland as well as adding a new associate director with the appointment of Rachel Taylor from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's planning team. This reinforces our position within the market.

“We are very privileged to work with progressive clients across a variety of different sectors as we guide development projects of all types and scale through an increasingly complex and ever changing planning process.

“From the likes of securing full permission for Belfast city centre's largest single office building for the proposed One Bankmore Square for Richland Group/Farrans to guiding the vast expansion of Moy Park's poultry farms over the last four years and the submission of a full application for a proposed multi-million pound luxury new Dunluce resort and spa overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club, we continue to advise on some of Northern Ireland's most substantial and significant new developments.”

Now in their seventh year, Clyde Shanks has also helped clients secure planning permission in the energy and waste sectors, including several AD plants.

That has included the award winning and innovative chicken litter fuelled energy from waste plant constructed at Tully Quarry, Ballymena by Stream Capital Renewables.

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