New specialists set to grow planning and development work at Bruton Knowles in Birmingham

National property consultancy Bruton Knowles with offices in Bull Street, Birmingham has appointed two specialists to its planning and development team.

Planning expert Charles Robinson joins as the new Head of Planning and will be offering the full spectrum of planning services to new and existing Bruton Knowles clients. Rupert Detheridge joins as development surveyor and will be working with the team to drive new development work across the Midlands.

Charles Robinson brings 30 years’ planning experience to the role, having worked for Midlands-based CDS Development Services for the past 15 years and prior to that DTZ in Birmingham and London. He has handled major projects delivering urban regeneration, mixed-use, residential and retail developments in the Midlands and across the UK. Highlights include the 37-acre mixed-use Springfield development in Aveley, near Thurrock in Essex, and the 38-acre residential scheme on a former colliery in Spennymoor in County Durham.

In his new role, Charles will be offering the full range of planning services to public and private sector clients, ranging from planning consultancy advice to planning development and project co-ordination. Based in Birmingham, Charles will work with teams across Bruton Knowles’ nine-strong regional office network to provide planning consultancy skills to new and existing clients.

Charles comments on his appointment: “Bruton Knowles has a strong and established client base and I look forward to working with the team to grow the planning and development business line. With the current uncertainty in planning policy, bought about by the new political landscape and proposed changes to the planning system, it has never been more critical to obtain specialist planning advice at the outset of any scheme.”

“Furthermore, as we emerge from recession, there will be increasing demand for planning services and expertise, particularly when the residential development market comes back on stream and as other key sectors like employment and retailing respond to pent up demand for development.”

Chartered Surveyor Rupert Detheridge joins the Birmingham team as development surveyor with over ten years’ property experience, gained in the North-East and the West Midlands. During his career, he has worked as development surveyor for ATIS REAL Weatheralls and as an Associate Director in the Development team at CBRE’s Birmingham office. He joins Bruton Knowles from Ashley House, a specialist healthcare developer, where he was a development manager working to develop Primary Care Centres through the LIFT framework.

Rupert has helped co-ordinate a number of major property deals, including the acquisition of sites for food retailer Netto, Land Disposal for Birmingham City Council and the sale of Birmingham’s historic Central Fire Station at Lancaster Gate.

Commenting on his new role, Rupert says: “Bruton Knowles has a strong track record working with public and private sector clients and offers a fully integrated property service which sets it apart. I look forward to working with the existing team to grow development work across the region and help new and existing clients to exploit new and emerging opportunities.”

Ian Pitt, partner and head of the Birmingham office, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Charles and Rupert to the team. They both bring valuable regional market experience, contacts and insight and their specialist skills add to the depth and range of expertise already in place here. As we emerge slowly from recession and with planning reform on the agenda, our team is well placed to ensure our clients realise their property and development objectives and capitalise on all market opportunities.”

Charles and Rupert will be working with partner Ian Mercer and senior surveyor Matthew Kitson in Bruton Knowles’ development and planning team. Current clients for the team include Birmingham City Council, Taylor Wimpey, the Diocese of Birmingham and many commercial developers.


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