Turley acquires Cambridge consultancy for East of England expansion

Turley acquires Cambridge consultancy for East of England expansion

Planning consultancy Turley has announced the acquisition of Cambridge-based practice Beacon Planning as part of a move to strengthen its presence in the East of England.

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