A rural role for planning officer.
Jo will join the company's rapidly expanding planning team and brings an extensive knowledge of planning issues, gained from more than 20 years' experience in both the public and private sector.
Jo is a chartered town planner and has an MSc in town planning from Newcastle University. During her career she has worked as a planning officer for several local authorities and was most recently the affordable housing development officer for North Lincolnshire Council. However time spent as a planning consultant at Smiths Gore contributed to a growing interest in rural affairs. Working with landowners and large rural estates, she has been successful both in promoting land for development and getting planning permission for a range of uses.
As a planning consultant at George F. White, Jo will be dealing with a range of projects from barn conversions to renewable energy schemes including the installation of wind turbines, advising at every step of the process from pre-site suitability visits and site supervision to full planning applications and appeals.
Jo is keen to stress that now is the time for landowners to come forward with potential sites for development.
Local authorities in the area are preparing their local development frameworks and there will be considerable work to do in promoting land.
Louis Fell, partner at George F. White, said: "Jo's knowledge of both local authority planning and the private sector will be extremely valuable in helping guide our clients through the planning process and making sure of the best outcome for all concerned." Through her work in both in spatial planning and development management roles, Jo has continued to develop this keen interest in rural issues.
She said: "I am thrilled with my new role at George F. White. This position will provide new challenges particularly in the growing field of renewable energy. I'm confident that my local knowledge of the North East will be valuable in developing its planning enterprise."