Carter Jonas Launches Birmingham Planning & Development Team
Date of Article
Jan 22 2021
Planning & development

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Christian Green
Partner, Infrastructures
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Laura Stops
Associate Partner, Planning & Development
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Colin Brown
Partner, Head of Planning & Development
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Laura is an Associate Partner with over 8 years post-qualification experience. She joined Carter Jonas in July 2021 and prior to this gained experience in both the public and private sector. Laura specialises in large-scale residential applications and site promotions, including new settlements and Green Belt release for national and local house builders, private developers and promoters and landowners. She is also highly experienced in acting for clients on industrial, commercial and retail projects, including brownfield redevelopment, stakeholder engagement and town centre uses.She provides clients with planning strategies, prepares and project manages complex planning applications, leads on Appeals and prepares representations and attends hearings in respect of site promotion.

Carter Jonas has invested in its expanding Planning & Development division, launching a new team from its Birmingham office at Two Snowhill in the city centre. Neal Allcock has been recruited as a partner to lead the team, with Molly Stanley recruited as a graduate planner.

Allcock joins from Turley, with more than 15 years of experience in the sector. A specialist in urban redevelopment and regeneration, he has delivered many strategic development projects in the Midlands across the residential, retail, and commercial sectors. He has also held roles at WYG and Birmingham City, Bromsgrove, and South Staffordshire District Councils.

At Carter Jonas, Allcock will work closely with its national head of Planning & Development, Colin Brown, and the wider Birmingham team - including specialists in commercial property, infrastructure, energy, minerals and waste, geospatial, rural, and building consultancy - to strengthen the firm's position in the region and provide a full range of integrated property services.

Molly Stanley joins from WYG where she started her professional career in 2017 and recently completed a part-time Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Birmingham. Stanley is experienced in the preparation and submission of planning applications and has assisted with the project management for residential and commercial schemes.

Neal Allcock, Partner, Planning & Development, Carter Jonas Birmingham, said: "Carter Jonas' Birmingham team has gone from strength to strength, and I am excited that Molly and I are now able to be part of its growth story. Much of my work has focused on the city's redevelopment and the transformation of its built environment. As Birmingham and the wider region continue to progress, clients increasingly require a joined-up and proactive strategy to unlock the potential of a site and ensure a strategic delivery. The breadth of specialist knowledge and expertise available from within Carter Jonas' Birmingham team will be invaluable as we look to build our business and develop this dynamic approach for clients."

Colin Brown, Head of Planning & Development, Carter Jonas, said: "We are extremely pleased to welcome Neal and Molly to launch our Birmingham Planning & Development team. We first opened in the city in 2016. Since this time, as a response to market opportunities, we have increased our capabilities and established new service lines to meet increased demand. It has been a long-held ambition to provide dedicated planning and development services from this office and I am confident that Neal's enthusiasm and detailed knowledge of the market will be invaluable as we continue to grow. This new offering complements well the existing expertise within our Birmingham business, and I look forward to working with Neal and Molly to realise wider opportunities for new and existing clients."

Christian Green, Head of Carter Jonas Birmingham said: "It is an extremely positive start to the year to welcome Neal and Molly to grow our planning and development services across the Midlands. This announcement follows the recent news of Carter Jonas taking a permanent office at Two Snowhill and their joining further demonstrates our commitment to building a full-service consultancy in the region, for new and existing private and public sector clients. Over the next 12 months, we will look to develop our business further and recruit in our core areas of expertise across the rural, commercial and planning and development sectors."