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Reading: Turley expands team with three senior appointments

By Dan Teuton
11 September 2015

Turley, the UK’s leading independent planning consultancy, has expanded its Reading planning team with the appointments of Tim Burden, Donna Palmer and David Wetherill.

The three senior consultants are the latest recruits to the firm’s fast-growing Reading office, which was established in March in response to increasing demand for its services throughout the Thames Valley area and locations extending to Milton Keynes and Oxford.

Burden joins as a director and will lead the expansion of Turley’s planning work in the residential sector across the region. Formerly a director at Boyer Planning in Reading, his local expertise is based on more than 15 years' working in the Thames Valley and surrounding areas where he has advised on major residential, regeneration and employment schemes in Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Maidenhead, Milton Keynes, Reading and Wycombe.

He also provides expert advice on planning policy at both national and regional levels. He has acted for clients as an expert witness in the High Court and regularly appears at appeal and at examinations in public for clients.

Donna Palmer and David Wetherill have joined as senior planners and bring with them a wealth of expertise from the private and public sectors.

Palmer, formerly a senior planner at Boyer Planning, has more than six years’ private sector experience working primarily on projects in the residential sector including large strategic promotions.

Wetherill joins from Wokingham Borough Council where, as principal planner, he has worked with a broad range of stakeholders to negotiate and deliver a number of complex and high-quality schemes. He has also gained valuable experience of the public inquiry process.

Commenting on the appointments, Peter Lawson, office director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim, Donna and David to our Reading team. A combination of local knowledge, contacts and service expertise means all three will offer our clients the very best strategic and commercial advice.

"Since establishing a regional office in Reading earlier this year we have quickly assembled a first-class team and are becoming increasing active on numerous projects that are set to shape the growth of this sub-region.”

Turley has advised on high-profile and complex schemes in the area including Pinewood Studios, Montague Park in Wokingham, developments at the University of Reading, Westgate Centre in Oxford and Stafferton Way in Maidenhead.

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