Stephen Bell has joined Turley Associates as a director in its Manchester office.
He previously spent 14 years at GVA, where he headed its Manchester Planning business. He has expertise in a range of sectors including residential, renewable energy, healthcare and commercial development.
Dave Trimingham, office director at Turley Associates in Manchester, said: "Stephen's experience will complement and strengthen what is already the leading team in the region."
The Manchester team includes nine directors and 30 fee earners. Earlier this year, Jaimie Ferguson joined Turley Associates from BDP as the National Head of Urban Design and Richard Laming joined the company from GVA to become Head of Economic Planning. Both teams have since expanded through further recruitment.
Stephen Bell said: "With the market in recovery clients are increasingly looking for the integrated approach to promoting development that Turley Associates offers. I look forward to adding my contribution to this."
Turley Associates helped to secure consent for a number of high profile projects across the North West including Wirral Waters, the Barton Renewable Energy Plant in Trafford, redevelopment of Central Retail Park, Manchester; redevelopment of Cains Brewery in Liverpool and range of residential schemes including successes at appeal in Preston, Chorley, Ribble Valley and Cheshire West.