Mark has lived in the North East all of his life and is enormously passionate about its people, places and culture. He has worked in planning since 2001 and is currently Director of the BH Planning & Design consultancy arm of Bradley Hall which provides expert planning support for house builders, commercial developers, land and property owners, investors and Local Authorities across the North East and nationally. He joined the company in April 2018 following 15 years in local government during which time he built up extensive knowledge and experience of the planning system, specialising in major residential, commercial, industrial and strategic infrastructure projects.
His current role includes overseeing the promotion of land and development opportunities for a wide range of clients through the preparation of strategic development plans; preparing and managing planning applications through to decision; preparing and managing planning appeals including appearing as an expert witness at public inquiries; carrying out development appraisals; architectural design including landscape, master planning and building regulations; and project management.
Prior to joining BH Planning & Design in April 2018, Mark held the role of Head of Planning at Northumberland County Council for three years where he managed a team of more than 120 planning and related professionals with overall responsibility for strategic policy formulation, development management, conservation functions, highways/transport and affordable housing delivery. He led and guided a number of service transformation measures aimed at improving the overall efficiency of the Council's Planning Service and was successful in instilling an open for business culture that led to significant housing and economic growth opportunities across the County.