Worcester-based property consultants Harris Lamb have welcomed an experienced planning officer to the department.
Fred Davies brings a wealth of planning experience within the public sector to the business, having held positions at a number of local authorities; most recently having spent more than 20 years at Wychavon District Council.
Fred has a diverse skillset, which ranges from research and planning roles to environmental enhancement and landscaping responsibilities, and while working at Wychavon, was appointed to lead the team responsible for developing the South Worcestershire Development Plan, which was adopted in 2016, working in partnership with the Worcester City Council and Malvern Hills District Council.
Prior to his time with Wychavon, Fred worked with Liverpool City Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Patrick Downes, Director at Harris Lamb, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Fred’s calibre on board.
Due to the pivotal role he has held within the region for the past two decades, we have worked in conjunction with him many times, and our team will benefit a great deal from his understanding of the inner workings of local authorities and his regional knowledge when it comes to the substantial number of projects we are currently undertaking within the Worcestershire area and beyond.”
Fred said: “This is my first planning role outside the public sector, and I am confident that it will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
“I have known Patrick for more than 20 years professionally and I’ve always found Harris Lamb a good business to work with, both in terms of their work and their attitude.
“Many developers and consultancies can approach obtaining planning permission as a box-ticking exercise, but the Harris Lamb team have always shown a genuine interest in the complete picture and followed the process to the end result. I am looking forward to working more closely with the team.