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Steering Group Committee

Dominic Crowley (Chair) 

Dom CrowleyDominic joined Lichfields' Newcastle office as a Planner in April 2016 following previous experience as a Planning Consultant in Manchester. He studied Planning at The University of Manchester and proceeded to work in a fast environment, assuring the highest quality of advice across a spectrum of planning matters. Dominic now spends the majority of his time working on housing, student accommodation and design projects.

Dominic's experience covers planning appraisals, the submission of planning and reserved matters applications (including the preparation of accompanying planning statements), public consultation, preparation of planning appeals and the submission of Development Plan Representations. Dominic has led on a number of major residential schemes across the North East and is also a member of Lichfields' Law and Policy Expert Group.

Dominic Holding 

Dominic Holding _edit

Dominic joined Lichfields as a Planning Consultant in 2013 and advises land owners, developers and operators in a number of industries.  He provides a range of planning services, including the preparation and submission of planning applications, local plan representations and community/ stakeholder engagement.  

Dominic is predominantly involved in housing, retail development, employment/ industrial schemes and heritage projects. Dominic is a chartered member of the RTPI and an affiliate member of the IHBC.

 Nick McLellan (Vice Chair)

Nick McLennan

Nick is the Strategic Planner for Story Homes (North East) and is responsible for strategic land acquisition and promotion throughout the region. This involves working alongside landowners, agents and Local Authorities to identify sustainable sites for residential development and to implement effective planning strategies to achieve residential allocations within Local Plans which ultimately deliver high quality housing schemes.

Nick has worked in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Story Homes, he was Graduate Planner at Signet Planning and worked on a range of residential, commercial and retail development projects. Other roles have included Assistant Planning Policy Officer for Gateshead Council and Planning Assistant within Northumbrian Water Ltd's New Development team. Nick has a degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Town Planning from Newcastle University and is currently working towards a Masters in Planning and Regeneration.

Katherine Simpson - Committee Secretary

Biog to follow shortly

Alastair Welch

Alastair Welch _editAlastair joined the Natural England (NE) marine planning team in September 2015 as a Lead Adviser and is responsible for responding to development management, development plan and marine licencing casework along the coast. As part of NE's role as a statutory consultee, he works successfully with a variety of stakeholders to provide advice on measures to avoid and mitigate for impacts on protected areas and species, to be secured through the planning system. He previously worked for the NE terrestrial planning team and for the planning team at the Environment Agency. He has lead on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and is a member of NE's Air Quality, Ports, Humber and Marine Casework networks. Alastair is working towards becoming a Chartered Member of the RTPI.

Jill Lomax

Jill LomaxJill is a Development Planner at the Banks Group where she works across the property and renewable energy divisions of the business. She has experience writing planning applications, promoting sites through the local plan process and managing planning commitments for construction and operation phase onshore wind projects. Her role involves preparing planning strategies and engaging with local authorities, stakeholders and communities to deliver high quality development. Prior to joining Banks in 2014 Jill worked in the planning team at Natural England where she provided consultee advice on development management casework across the North East.

Oonagh Cranley

Oonagh is a Senior Planner & Heritage Consultant at Lichfields. She joined the Newcastle Office in 2013 having previously worked for an Architectural Practice in Glasgow and the Scottish Government in Edinburgh during which she was part of the Organising Committee for the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter.

Since joining Lichfields, Oonagh has progressed housing, commercial and healthcare projects with a particular focus on heritage schemes. She helps private and public sector clients to deliver development proposals in sensitive historic environments. Her experience ranges from large-scale redevelopment and urban extensions to small-scale conversions. Oonagh is able to bring both planning and heritage expertise to a project. She manages planning applications and listed building consents and is responsible for the preparation of Planning and Design and Access Statements, Heritage Impact Assessments and Townscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

Hannah Munro 

Hannah Munro

Hannah works as a Planner at WYG in Newcastle and joined in 2015 having previously worked at GVA in Edinburgh after completing her honours degree in Planning and Property Development at Heriot Watt University.  She is involved with and supports a broad range of projects, including residential, retail, and commercial schemes across the North East and Scotland. Hannah is currently a licentiate member of the RTPI and is working towards her chartered membership.

Kieran Blaydes 

Kieran Blaydes

Kieran joined ELG Planning as a Planning Assistant in June 2017 to complete his year out placement before returning to Newcastle University in October 2018 to complete his Masters in Planning. Since joining ELG Planning, Kieran has played an active role in providing support to his senior colleagues by preparing and submitting planning applications and has since taken on a work load of his own in advising clients and offering planning guidance.

During his time at Newcastle University Kieran has acted as Social Events Organiser, Vice Student President and Student Representative – with ongoing involvement in organising events for young planners in the region.

Nicola Waller

Nicola Waller

Nicola is a chartered member of the RTPI and works as a Planner at DPP. Nicola joined DPP in 2015 after completing an MSc in Town Planning at Newcastle University. As a Planner at DPP, Nicola is involved in a broad range of projects and works across a variety of sectors including retail, residential, student accommodation, education, leisure, employment and mixed-use.

Nicola has also been an active member of the North East Generation For Change (G4C) committee since 2016.

Joe Smith

 Joe SmithJoe joined ELG Planning in February 2017 and is due to complete the full time MSc in Town Planning at Newcastle University in August 2018.

Joe started out by helping the senior team with applications, bu has quickly built up his own workload and applications including research/appraisals and client advice, appeals, householder applications, residential, retail, and student accommodation schemes. He has prepared essential reports such as sustainability statements, design and access statements and planning statements, as well as conducting several successful consultation events, submitting local plan representations and speaking at planning committee. Upon completion of his studies, he will continue with ELG Planning and will be working towards becoming a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Joe currently holds student membership of RTPI.


Other Group Members

Sarah Moffat, Caitlin, Ben Parkins, Amy Ingle, Kristina McKenna, Katy Barrett, Lauren Manohoran and Adam Burn.