Planning firm makes senior hire

Sandra Ford has joined Marrons, boosting the planning, design and development consultancy’s presence in Gloucestershire.

Taking on the role of planning director, Ford joins the consultancy after two years as head of development services at Tewkesbury Borough Council where she was responsible for planning, enforcement, design and conservation, economic and community development.

Prior to this, Ford worked at Homes England, where she led on planning, brokerage and external enabling functions for the Midlands. She also led and supported garden towns and villages in the region to secure the timely delivery of high-quality sustainable, large-scale developments through the planning system.

In her new role, she will be responsible for helping to grow Marrons in the West Midlands and South West, supporting its expansion into Gloucestershire, and using her experience, skills and knowledge to successfully promote land and secure planning permission for developers and landowners.

She said: “I am thrilled to have joined Marrons. Having dealt with the team on schemes over the years, I have experienced first-hand the collaborative approach they take, which is extremely important to me and reflects my preferred method too.

“I am looking forward to using both my experience of dealing with large-scale residential-led schemes, including garden towns and villages, and my local authority knowledge and contacts to support clients in navigating their projects through the planning process with positive results, ultimately playing a key part in creating great places for future generations.”

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