Developer appoints planning silk to board of new sister company

Developer Urban Catalyst has appointed a planning QC as a non-executive board member to its new sister company.

Paul Shadarevian (Pic: Urban Catalyst Developments)
Paul Shadarevian (Pic: Urban Catalyst Developments)

Urban Catalyst is one of the joint venture partners behind the regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames town centre in Thurrock, Essex. It said it has appointed Paul Shadarevian QC to the board of Urban Catalyst Developments, which it has set up to progress other UK projects outside of Purfleet-on-Thames, as well as in Europe. 

According to Urban Catalyst, Shadarevian will help the new company deliver developments “in conjunction with public sector partners”.  

Shadarevian has previously advised Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited, the joint venture between Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Group that is driving the regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames town centre alongside Thurrock Council.

Urban Catalyst said he will remain a fully practising member of planning and environmental chambers Cornerstone Barristers. It added that he has more than 35 years of experience of planning law and has worked on projects including the London Gateway local development order and the redevelopment of City Hall in London. 

Ken Dytor, founder of Urban Catalyst and Urban Catalyst Developments, said: “Paul Shadarevian brings with him a wealth of experience and unrivalled knowledge of the workings of both the public and private sectors that will be of immense value to Urban Catalyst Developments going forward.

“The pandemic has brought to light the need to reimagine our towns and cities as spaces that are more human, healthy and sustainable, which will create new opportunities for urban regeneration across the UK and Europe."

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