Property and planning consultancy Berrys has hired local authority planner Samantha Hammonds as a planning consultant in its Kettering office.
Hammonds joins the firm from Daventry District Council, where she worked as a senior development officer.
She will work on all aspects of development management including pre-application consultations, permitted development advice, applications for planning permission, prior notification and listed building consent, plus planning appeals and public inquiries.
Stuart Thomas, Berrys’ head of planning, said that Hammonds’ experience in the commercial sector will help the firm expand its work in change of use for agricultural and commercial buildings.
Hammond has worked in development management roles at East Northamptonshire District Council, Northampton Borough Council and Corby Borough Council.
She started her career in the strategic planning policy team at Northamptonshire County Council.
A chartered planner since 2005, she gained a postgraduate diploma in urban planning from Oxford Brookes University in 2004, following her undergraduate degree in environmental management from Leeds University.
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