Professional services business Knights has hired town planner Nigel Harris as partner. This hire takes the business’ current planning team to 17, as part of Knights’ plans to grow its non-legal offering.
Harris has more than 29 years’ experience in planning in both local authority and private settings dealing in projects from housing schemes to large multi-use complexes, including the Admirals Quay marina in Southampton.
Harris said: “Town planning has always been a hot topic, but the current shortage of affordable housing is definitely an issue that is top of the town planning agenda.
“This goes hand in hand with another key topic; building on green field sites. Whilst the need to build more housing schemes is rocketing, local communities understandably want to defend green spaces in their area.
“Right now Knights is at an exciting point of growth and I’m looking forward to working with the team to build Knights’ profile both regionally and nationally as a leading name in town planning.”
He will be based in the business’ Derby office, but will be working nationally on a number of projects.