Carter Jonas boosts planning and development offering

Three new leads in the North, East and South East of England

Carter Jonas has made three senior appointments to its UK-wide planning and development network.

The experienced Simon Grundy has joined the firm as Head of Planning (North) from Yorkshire-based Indigo Planning, while ex-Strutt & Parker man Mathew Forster has been hired to lead the Eastern regional development team from Carter Jonas’ Cambridge office. Meanwhile, Ryan Harris will move from the Newbury office to the Winchester branch to drive the planning and development offering in the Southern Counties.

James Bainbridge, Head of Planning & Development, Carter Jonas: “Planning and development is once more being thrust into the spotlight by the Government as they seek to address housing numbers and the UK’s infrastructure needs, so our services are more critical than ever. Simon, Mathew and Ryan have over 65 years’ of experience between them and have a deep understanding of how to deliver complex urban sites and significant regeneration projects for both public and private sector client in their respective regions. They will be invaluable assets to the Carter Jonas planning network as we realise our ambition to further expand this part of our business by providing specialist advice to our clients in a challenging political climate.”

Simon Grundy, Head of Planning – North: “I am looking forward to guiding a highly successful team of planning experts based in Yorkshire and identifying opportunities to further expand our remit all the way down to the East Midlands. Carter Jonas advises a broad range of clients across the UK, and I intend to apply my previous experience in both the public and private sector to identify new and exciting opportunities for our national network.”

Mathew Forster, Head of Development – East: “The opportunity to join the expert planning and development team at Carter Jonas in Cambridge, and to apply my experience of the residential development sector is a highly appealing one. The area is a renowned growth hot spot, and it is my aim to continue and enhance the extensive work of the regional team by identifying strategic areas for growth and expansion.”

Ryan Harris, Associate Partner: “Hampshire and its neighbours have an enduring appeal for the UK’s major housebuilders and residents alike, given their proximity not only to London but new emerging economic hubs such as Bristol. Appetite for both homes and commercial space remains buoyant despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, so we hope to capitalise on continued interest in the South East region by establishing a new planning and development hub in Winchester.”