CBRE appoints head of planning for the regions

Martin Guest and Philip Scott

CB Richard Ellis has appointed Philip Scott as head of planning for the regions.

Philip, who is currently a director in CBRE’s London-based national planning team having joined the firm three years ago, will be responsible for coordinating the firm’s planning teams across its regional offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Southampton.

With more than 20 years’ experience in planning, Philip has advised on a number of major developments for clients including Shell UK, BAE Systems, Acetate, Development Securities, Argent, and BskyB. He is currently providing lead planning advice on the redevelopment of the former Acetate works at Little Heath, Coventry, which will comprise a mix of uses including residential, commercial/industrial, leisure, community uses, and public realm improvements.

Prior to working in the private sector in 2001, Philip was a principal planning officer for a number of local planning authorities in the south and south-west of England.

As head of planning for the regions at CBRE, Philip will be based in Birmingham three days a week and will work closely with the development and regeneration team, headed by Chris White, and the building consultancy team, led by Mike Sutton.

Philip said: “Following a period of contraction for the regional planning teams, we are now beginning to see real growth in terms of instructions and client base, which in turn has led to a pressing need to strengthen the firms’ planning offer. As a result, the focus is now firmly on growing CBRE’s planning teams in the regional offices so that we can continue to provide the high quality services that our clients demand.

“Through a coordinated approach between CBRE’s national and regional planning teams, we will also be looking to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the government’s recently announced Localism Bill. The Bill is intended to shift power from Whitehall to local communities, giving them more control over issues such as local development and planning permission. This will be a key focus for the team going forward.”

Martin Guest, managing director at CBRE in Birmingham, said: “Philip’s appointment signals CBRE’s intention to really up its game with regard to the provision of planning consultancy advice, both nationally and regionally.

“We already have a number of planning clients in the Midlands region, who we’re looking forward to developing our relationship with further, as well as establishing a stronger foothold in the market as we grow the team.”

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