Jon Suckley, a former principal at consultancy Avison Young, has set up an independent planning consultancy Asteer Planning.
Suckley has taken on the role of managing partner at the new Manchester-based consultancy, which will offer services including planning advice, negotiation of planning applications, development plan promotion, public consultation and planning appeals.
The consultancy will predominantly advise private sector clients, including landowners, developers, housebuilders and land promoters, but will also advise local authorities.
Before joining Avison Young, Suckley was senior partner at consultancy HOW Planning, which was acquired by GVA in 2018, before GVA was itself bought by Avison Young in 2019. He has also worked at Macclesfield Borough Council as a planner. He was elected as a fellow to the Royal Town Planning Institute in September 2019.
Suckley said: “I enjoyed my time at Avison Young but now definitely feels like the right time for me to make the move. I am looking forward to all the opportunities and challenges that come with a new independent business.
“The Manchester and North West property markets are amongst the most buoyant and active in the country and there is a gap in the market for a new and agile boutique planning consultancy like Asteer Planning”.
Richard Barton has taken over the Manchester planning team at Avison Young following Suckley’s departure.