Consultant RPS has hired Katherine Putnam as associate planning director to lead its planning team in the region.
Putnam joins RPS from her role as head of planning at Chartway Group. Previously, she was also a planning manager for Persimmon Homes. She has experience working with housebuilders, planning consultancies, unitary, county and local authorities.
She will be joining a team of over 100 staff in Manchester, and will work alongside RPS’s environmental, heritage, engineering, and project management teams.
The firm is currently working on The Lancastrian, a 274-home build-to-rent development in Manchester’s New Cross, and the £26m Lowry Outlet Mall development.
Putnam said: “This is an exciting time to be joining RPS as we strengthen our planning capabilities in the north of England, and I’m looking forward to working with the talented team we already have in place in Manchester, continuing to provide the very best advice to our clients throughout the planning process.
“Manchester and the north west are undergoing huge changes and will continue to evolve and expand. Through our extended planning services we’re committee to playing a key role in providing the best advice for our clients and partners in the region.”
Tim Partridge, operational director at RPS, said: “Katherine’s experiences will be a key asset as we look to expand the range and scope of the services we offer to our clients throughout the northern regions.
“Manchester and Greater Manchester is already growing rapidly and is set to see significant change over the next 20 years. A target of 200,000 homes are expected to be built in the region over the period to help meet current demand and offset the impact of the housing crisis.
“It is an important and exciting time to be involved in the sector, and we’re looking forward to working alongside our current and new clients in the region to help provide exceptional developments throughout the region.”