Barton Willmore appoints new Scottish planning director

Colin Lavety
Colin Lavety

Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has appointed Colin Lavety as planning director in Scotland.

Joining from TNEI Services Ltd in Glasgow (part of the Petrofac Group), Colin is a Chartered Town Planner with over 13 years experience across the development industry in Scotland and has worked for both private consultancies and in the public sector.

Most recently Colin’s focus has been in the renewables sector, acting as lead consultant on several large scale wind farms, securing planning consent for the first two community hydro schemes in the Western Isles and providing planning support in relation to commercial scale solar farms. Colin has also provided advice to local authorities and worked on projects for the Scottish Government and DECC in relation to renewables/transmission projects. Prior to TNEI, Colin worked across the residential, regeneration, ports & harbours and industrial sectors. This included securing consent for a number of residential schemes and acting as project manager on a number of mixed-use masterplanning projects.

Colin will be based in Barton Willmore’s Edinburgh office.

Edinburgh partner Stephen Tucker said: “With the addition of Colin we now have an even stronger planning team here in Edinburgh. He will lead our planning team offering a wide range of expertise in all sectors to our expanding list of clients whilst supporting our growth in the renewables sector.”

Working from the Barton Willmore’s Scottish office in Edinburgh, Colin’s priorities will include all aspects of development management work, particularly EIA coordination and management, planning policy appraisal, planning law, stakeholder engagement, community consultation, masterplanning, planning appeals and site/plan promotion, as well as business development.

Andrew Boyd Barber
Andrew Boyd Barber

Barton Willmore has also announced the appointment of Andrew Boyd Barber who joins the design team at its Edinburgh office.

Andrew’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Canberra and a Masters of Urban Design from The University of Melbourne, which included a semester on exchange to the University College London completed this year.

Andrew is the start of a number of key recruitments for the Edinburgh office.

Stephen Tucker added: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew; his appointment coincides with a number of projects in the pipeline and our ambitious plans over the next few years. As he is trained in both architecture and urban design I am confident he will be a great asset to our growing design team.”

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