Manchester-based HOW Planning has announced two new appointments and two internal promotions.
Chris Sinton joins from the Stoke office of Wardell Armstrong, bringing with him two years experience in renewable energy, waste, residential and Environmental Impact Assessments.
Tom Simons joins as a graduate planner from Manchester University where he completed a masters degree in town and country planning.
Richard Barton has been promoted to associate after six years with HOW.
Dan Brown, who joined HOW in 2010, has been promoted to principal planner.
Gary Halman, founding partner of HOW, which now employs 17 people, said: "We've experienced an encouraging upswing in activity over recent months with developers and landowners taking positive steps to ensure their proposals can be brought forward as soon as possible. Our sixth position in Planning magazine's annual listing reflects the level of work we are responding to currently and our new appointments are important additions to help manage our workload and continue to deliver excellent client service and secure the results HOW's clients have come to expect.
"We are looking forward to a positive future with an exceptionally talented team."