Belfast Telegraph

Planning consultancy creating new jobs with Londonderry office

By John Mulgrew

A planning consultancy is creating jobs with a new office in Londonderry.

Turley has announced plans to open a second regional office, alongside the creation of three new jobs.

The company had offices in 12 locations across the UK, including one in Belfast.

Its new base will be headed by director, Brian Kelly, a native of Donegal and the lead planner on several major projects including the Titanic Quarter, Odyssey Millennium project and Altnagelvin Hospital’s radiotherapy unit.

"As a resident of the north west, I am delighted Turley is investing in a new office," he said.

"This demonstrates a further commitment to our clients operating in the North West cross border region. We are responding to their demand, and a recognised opportunity to use planning to catalyse investments and deliver projects.

"Our own investment builds on a track record of high profile projects in the region, including the radiotherapy unit, regeneration of Fort George and Ebrington Barracks, several social and private housing schemes, retail and other major employment and leisure schemes, including the Three Rivers development in Strabane.

"...our team has grown to 14, the largest professional planning service on the island of Ireland. Market confidence has continued to return and has spurred our growth as we continue to secure significant permissions across commercial, residential and employment developments.

"We are now seeking to recruit three new positions to continue to this growth and service the ongoing client work; with a senior planner in the north west, an assistant planner in Belfast, and a senior engagement consultant.”

Director of engagement, John Davison said: “We have adapted to a reformed planning system that now sees local councils taking responsibility for local policy, and councillors in control of decision making. Planning has become increasingly local and community focussed.

"The emphasis now is on being engaged with local communities, locally elected representatives and to deliver economic growth opportunities. Our new office and these three new posts are a strategic response to maintain our growth and to service our clients."

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