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Promotions announced at Marrons Planning

Planning | News

Leading planning consultancy Marrons Planning has announced two new appointments and four internal promotions.

Karen Brightman joins the consultancy’s Leicester hub from Charnwood Borough Council, taking the role of associate director, bringing significant experience working on strategic projects. George Smith joins the Stratford hub, as senior planner, after 6 years working with Cherwell District Council.

Based in the Nottingham hub, Jenny Keen and David Pendle have been promoted from associate director to planning directors.


Jenny Keen


David Pendle

Jenny is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) with more than 12 years’ experience across a range of sectors including the residential, commercial and retail planning fields and working for a number of developers and national housebuilders in promoting sites through the development plan, co-ordinating major planning applications and managing planning appeals.

David Pendle has a wealth of local government experience works with landowners, developers and consultancies, specialising in land promotion and strategic developments.

Meanwhile, principal planners Daniel Robinson-Wells and Sachin Parmar have been promoted to associate directors in the Stratford and Leicester hubs, respectively.


Daniel Robinson-Wells


Sachin Parmar

Daniel has more than 14 years’ experience in planning, from the implementation of strategic allocation to application planning and planning appeals, working with individuals, small companies, major house builders and developers.

Sachin has been with Marrons Planning for two years, having worked for more than a decade in public sector planning authorities across rural and urban locations.

Sachin said: “We understand the complexities of the planning system and I genuinely enjoy working on highly challenging, contentious projects. At Marrons Planning we help to shape major development schemes, working alongside our legal colleagues, formulating winning planning strategies to provide the best possible chance of obtaining planning permission for development.

Brian Mullin, head of Marrons Planning, said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding our team and rewarding experience.

“We have built an exceptionally talented and creative team of town planning experts, with extensive public and private sector experience. We maintain a close relationship with our legal colleagues in Shakespeare Martineau to deliver legally well-grounded advice from the outset. This top quality professional service ultimately supports decision-making authorities and benefits our diverse and growing client base.

The promotions and appointments follow the consultancy’s launch of an urban design service.

Published: 19th August 2021
Area: Company News

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