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  • Richard Bowman

    Richard Bowman MRTPI

    Director - Planning

    Richard holds a BA Honours degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of West England and a Post Graduate Diploma in Town Planning from Queen’s University Belfast. With almost 20 years of experience, Richard has held posts with Cambridge City, Omagh and Craigavon Councils and also spent a number of years in DOE Planning Service where he was positioned within the Headquarters’ retail policy unit as well as in development control in Derry.

    Since 2001 Richard has held senior consultancy posts advising clients in both the private and public sectors on all aspects of planning including issues relating to retail, residential, commercial, healthcare, education, energy, planning appeals and inquiries, renewable energy and infrastructure developments.

    Richard has provided high level, strategic planning advice to a range of major clients including Derry City Council, Strategic Investment Board, University of Ulster, Brickkiln, NI Water and NIE.

  • Martin Kelly

    Martin Kelly MRTPI

    Associate Director - Planning

    Martin obtained a BSc Honours degree in Geography and a Post Graduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Queens University Belfast. Upon graduating Martin entered the private sector, going on to become Associate Director in highly reputable Ostick and Williams Architects and Town Planners in Belfast. Martin has experience in all aspects of town planning including managing major planning application submissions, area plan submissions, site feasibility assessments, supporting planning statements, Judicial Review, licensing applications, Certificates of Lawful Development, and Environmental Impact Assessment.

    Martin has developed a particular expertise in retail planning where he has prepared numerous successful Retail Impact Assessments in support of major retail developments throughout Northern Ireland for a variety of clients. Martin has also acted as expert witness at Planning Appeals and Public Inquiries.

    Martin has played lead roles in managing and submitting planning applications for significant projects such as Longwood Retail Park in Newtownabbey, a 2000sqm major retail development on Buncrana Road, Derry and a 6370sqm food super store development on Mountjoy Road, Omagh.

  • Chris Bryson

    Chris Bryson MRTPI

    Associate - Planning

    Having studied at Queen’s University Belfast, Chris obtained a BSc Honours degree in Geography and an MSc in Town and Country Planning. Upon graduating he joined DOE Planning Service where he was directly involved in landmark developments including Victoria Square, Invest NI HQ in Belfast and major residential extensions to Ligoniel village in North Belfast.

    Since joining the private sector in 2005, Chris has extensively advised clients on a wide range of development proposals and on a day-to-day basis he manages planning applications, appeals and feasibility reports, prepares and coordinates Environmental Statements and prepares Design Concept Statements for major proposals.

    Chris has worked on several projects of note including the proposed Lisanelly Shared Educational Campus in Omagh, the redevelopment masterplan for University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus and the proposed underground mine development at Omagh Gold Mine, Cavanacaw.

  • Beverley Stevenson

    Beverley Clyde MRTPI

    Associate - Planning

    Beverley holds a BSc Honours degree in Geography and a MSc in Town and Country Planning from Queen’s University Belfast. Progressing to Senior Planner level in Planning Service, Beverley handled a number of major applications such as the Obel Tower and St Anne’s Square. She was also part of a specialist team set up to examine ways to improve the N.I planning system.

    Having joined Strategic Planning as an Associate in 2006, Beverley has acted as the lead planning consultant on a wide range of complex planning applications, appeals and development plan objections. She has acted as professional witness in appeal hearings, and has submitted affidavits in judicial reviews. She has also overseen a number of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) teams and the preparation of Environmental Statements.

    Successful projects include the University of Ulster’s Educational campus; Enniskillen Hospital; Bushmills Distillery, and major storage warehousing at Nutts Corner. She was also lead planning advisor to the successful objection campaign against an incinerator at Glenavy.

    Beverley sits on the RTPI NI Branch Executive Committee.

  • Ryan McBirney

    Ryan McBirney

    Consultant - Planning

    Ryan graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc Honours degree in Geography. Beginning his career with DOE Planning Service, he held various posts within Development Plan, Enforcement and Development Control.

    Upon joining the private sector in 2006 Ryan has worked on a wide range of development proposals across the public and private sectors. This has included managing and submitting applications, appeals, feasibility reports and certificates of lawful use and development. He also has unrivalled experience when it comes to managing and submitting planning applications for renewable energy projects.

    Ryan has worked on several projects of note including the redevelopment of Lagan College in Castlereagh, the redevelopment of Torrbank School in Dundonald and the major expansion of T.G. Eakin’s headquarters in Comber. Ryan has also managed and submitted numerous planning applications for single wind turbines on behalf of clients such as Simple Power and Air Core.

  • Adam Larkin

    Adam Larkin

    Consultant - Planning

    Originally from New Zealand, Adam graduated from the University of Auckland with a First Class Honours degree in Planning. Before leaving New Zealand to pursue a career in professional rugby which would eventually lead to him representing Ulster for 8 seasons, Adam worked as a Development Planner for North Shore City Council in Auckland.

    Having worked in the private sector in Northern Ireland since 2004, Adam has been responsible for managing and submitting planning applications, preparing detailed statements of evidence and representing clients at Planning Appeals, and providing specialist advice in relation to planning enforcement and Lawful Development Certificates. He also has extensive experience in preparing and managing planning applications for a range of development proposals including residential, commercial and renewable energy projects at a variety of scales.

    Adam has played key roles in significant proposals including Derry City Council’s Strategic Riverside Masterplan and the redevelopment of Northern Ireland Hospice’s headquarters at Somerton Road, Belfast. Adam has also managed and submitted numerous planning applications for single wind turbines on behalf of clients such as Simple Power and Air Core.

  • Helena McDonnell

    Helena McDonnell

    Consultant - Planning

    Having studied at Queen’s University Belfast, Helena graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Environmental Planning and an MSc in Urban and Rural Design. Helena started as a graduate planner with Strategic Planning in September 2014. Since then she has assisted in a range of planning applications.

    On a day-to-day basis Helena manages planning applications, prepares feasibility reports and designs concept plans.

    Helena has worked on several projects of note including the West Lisburn Development Framework and Colin Town Centre Masterplan EIA. She has also managed and submitted numerous planning applications for single wind turbines on behalf of our client Simple Power.