Belfast Telegraph

Planning company focuses on its own expansion

By Margaret Canning

A Belfast planning firm is marking its first year in business by announcing some big contract wins.

Clyde Shanks, which now employs five people, has won major commercial contracts, including planning work on Foyle Food Group's £30m biogas anaerobic digestion plant at Lisahally Port.

It is advising the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) on the much-discussed move of the Balmoral Show to the Maze/Long Kesh site, including negotiating permission for the event to be held there in May next year.

The firm has worked for Irish wind energy firm Gaelectric, which has won planning permission for two windfarms at Smulgeldon and Monnaboy in Co Londonderry, a project worth £36m.

Founder Clyde Shanks, who has taken on four staff after establishing the business last year, said the firm was growing, particularly in renewable energy. "We're advising commercial wind farm developers, volume single turbine developers, and single turbine applicants. In total we're advising on over 150MW of wind energy infrastructure, enough to power over 100,000 homes.

"Waste-related work is also an expanding area, and we are active on a number of challenging projects across Northern Ireland," he said.

Mr Shanks added: "We've had a very pleasing first year and have built a strong client portfolio.

"Our focus in the next 12 months will be on building on that by continuing to deliver results for our existing clients and by further reinforcing our presence and impact in the marketplace," he said.

Clyde Shanks also has projects in the liquor licensing, leisure, and residential sectors.