A FORMER partner in one of the country’s biggest chartered surveyors and planning consultancies has decided to go it alone and launch his own firm in Newcastle.
Sean Hedley has worked for eight years with the established national chartered surveyors and is a former head of town planning with the firm.
Now he has decided to set up Hedley Planning Service, which is based on Newcastle’s Quayside and also has an office in Hexham, Northumberland.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my years at Sanderson Weatherall and my time there has given me a huge amount of experience in a wide range of planning projects.
“But for some time I have wanted to be my own boss and make my own decisions.”
He realises that this is not the best time to set up on your own in business but he is confident that there is a underlying trend of recovery in the often gloomy property figures.
“I know the region is going through a difficult time economically but there is an underlying vibrancy with many large projects on the drawing board in many different fields,” he said.
“I feel with my experience I will be able to act positively to get these projects up and running as quickly as possible.”
The firm, based at Generator Studios, Trafalgar Street, Newcastle, aims to prove a complete range of planning advice from finding suitable sites for developments of any size, taking projects through the sometimes baffling planning maze and representing clients at every stage.
Hedley also has wide experience in collecting, collating and presenting evidence to planning committees and representing clients at planning inquiries and appeals.
He said: “My firm’s reputation is our most valuable asset and we’ve built a range of lasting, successful relationships with a wide portfolio of clients from all development sectors.
“As I am just starting out with my own firm I will have a very much hands-on approach to each individual project and as such will be able to keep a very close eye on costs.”
And this is very much working the area he knows best. Hedley is a former Ponteland High School pupil and an honours planning graduate of Newcastle University. He now lives in Hexham, with wife Rebecca and their daughter.