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Daniel Gaunt

Daniel GauntDaniel is a Chartered Planner, currently working as an Asset Manager at Highways England (previously the Highways Agency). Working with authorities across the Tees Valley and County Durham, he provides the primary point of liaison for all aspects of the planning process as it affects Highways England, including local planning, development control and enforcement. As a member of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Transport Group, he is responsible for working with other authorities to identify, develop and secure the transport infrastructure improvements that will enable the outcomes of the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan to be realised.

Previously for Highways Agency, Daniel was responsible for developing the organisation's Protocols for Planning and Development, which have now become the Highways England planning guide, "Planning and the major road network in England" ( This approach, which was developed in conjunction with major developers, planning authorities and the RTPI nationally has helped transform the reputation of the Highways Agency/Highways England from a blocker to an enabler of development and economic growth. Daniel was part of Highways England's national ad hoc Planning Group, responsible for formulating and preparing responses to key planning issues and consultations, and was part of the team responsible for preparing the Highways Agency's 2014 Route Strategies and Road Investment Strategy.

Prior to joining Highways Agency, Daniel worked for Faber Maunsell (now Aecom) as a Transport Planner, across a range of public and private sector activities.