Global firm snaps up Birmingham planning practice

Birmingham-based planning consultancy Brooke Smith Planning has been acquired by global consultancy and project management group Arcadis.

Louise Brooke-Smith: will lead Arcadis’ planning capabilities across the UK
Louise Brooke-Smith: will lead Arcadis’ planning capabilities across the UK

In a statement issued this week, Arcadis said that acquisition would see an expanded planning team "operate across the breath of Arcadis’ markets, guiding clients in assessing the development potential of their landed assets, national policy and local plan making".

"They will also help clients navigate the complexities of the planning and development management process, appeals, high court action and judicial reviews," the statement said.

The statement added that Brooke Smith Planning head Louise Brooke-Smith, a former RICS global president, would lead Arcadis’ planning capabilities across the UK "as well as head up the Arcadis social value client offering".

"This newly-created service will look at how businesses across the country can further improve quality of life for their clients, their people and the communities they serve," the statement said.

According to the latest Planning Consultancy survey, Brooke Smith Planning employed a total of ten planning staff in 2016, with five of these registered as chartered town planners.

Andy Limage, Arcadis managing director, environment, said: "This is a really significant move for Arcadis here in the UK. Adding the expertise and vast experience of such a well-respected town planning consultancy to our existing offering is good news for our clients and our business."

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