News: 27 February 2019Associate appointed in Newcastle

Experienced planner Sam Thistlethwaite has joined our Newcastle-based team.

Currently regional chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the North East, Sam will take up the role of Planning Associate.

Sam has more than 10 years’ experience as development planner at mining, energy and property development company, The Banks Group.

During this time he was responsible for a number of successful large scale property, waste, energy and mineral mining applications across the north of England and Scotland.

He worked on the 19 hectare Northumberlandia sculpture park near Cramlington – the world’s largest human landform.

More recently Sam was a technical director at international engineering, environmental and planning consultancy, Wardell Armstrong, where amongst other projects he led a team working on a number of large-scale residential schemes in Newcastle city centre.

Sam said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Barton Willmore as the team continue to work on exciting plans across the region.

“I’m looking forward to using my experience in energy, mining, waste and minerals planning for Barton Willmore clients.

“I’ve also led comprehensive public engagement strategies for some highly contentious projects including wind farms, opencast mining and large scale green field property releases.”

Partner, James Hall said: “Sam is a great addition to the talented Barton Willmore team and will lead a number of multi-disciplinary projects across the North East.

“His 13 years’ of experience across significant developments in the north will directly benefit Barton Willmore’s broad client base.

“We continue to play a leading role in the development and growth of the North East.”

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