WYG has appointed Alan Houghton as director of planning and advisory services for the North West, based in its Manchester office at MediaCity.
Houghton joined Scott Wilson Group in 2002, rising to lead the planning team in 2005, and continued with the company after its acquisition by URS and later Aecom in 2014.
At Aecom, Houghton led the company’s Manchester-based planning and regeneration team.
In his previous role, Houghton acted as project director for a series of large-scale planning, infrastructure, masterplanning and regeneration projects. He also has experience acting on strategic development briefs with the public sector and spatial planning projects in both the North West and the Midlands.
In his new role with WYG, Houghton will head up the North West planning team, covering WYG’s offices in both Manchester and Cumbria.
Simon Chadwick, WYG’s head of planning for the North, said: “We welcome Alan, along with his vast knowledge and experience, to head up the North West planning team and manage our staff in Manchester and Cumbria.
“His background within multidisciplinary practices and regeneration will add a new dimension to our established expertise across the residential, infrastructure, retail, and commercial sectors.”