Consultancy RPS has appointed Alistair Macdonald as a planning director in its Bristol office.
Macdonald joins RPS from rival consultancy Turley where he was an associate director.
In a statement, RPS said that Macdonald has more than 21 years of planning experience and has worked at a senior level in both the public and private sectors, including a stint in the development industry at housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.
His primary focus will be to drive RPS’ residential activity in the south west, the firm said, where he has helped deliver developments including Grove Airfield in Oxfordshire, Midsomer Norton in Somerset and Purton near Swindon.
Macdonald is expected to work closely with the RPS urban design team to improve the company’s service to the residential sector.
Darren Parker, RPS operational director for the south west, said: “Alistair’s appointment is a welcome addition to our planning team in the south west. Alistair brings with him an established track record of promoting and achieving planning permission for large scale residential schemes.
“He is an experienced expert witness having acted on behalf of clients at major planning inquiries and public examinations”.
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