Planning consultancy expands to meet workload jump

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 27 Jan 2016

Thetford riverside redevelopmentCapita Property and Infrastructure has expanded by recruiting several staff to help handle a jump in workloads at Breckland District Council.

Capita was appointed partner to the authority five years ago to provide planning and building control services.

Hamish Lamp has joined as head of development management. He previously worked as a planning officer in Australia.

Chris Hobson has transferred from Capita's office in Salford where he was a planning consultant to become a senior development management officer.

And Neil Langley joined as an enforcement officer from the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk where he held a similar post.

Capita Breckland director of planning and business manager Martin Pendlebury told Planning: “We expanded to focus on the upturn in the market.”

He added that there was “more interest from developers” for projects across the board. These included housing and regeneration, such as the redevelopment of Thetford’s Riverside (pictured).

“In line with several authorities, Breckland saw the jobs market pick up last year and we expect to make further appointments in the near future,” said Pendlebury.

Has your organisation recently made a new appointment or promotion? If so, please let us know by emailing