Leading Newcastle City Council planner Harvey Emms joins consultancy

Harvey Emms has been involved in huge projects including the Monument Mall refurbishment

Harvey Emms who is joining Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Harvey Emms who is joining Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

A North East planning consultancy has recruited one of Tyneside’s most well-respected planners from an executive role with Newcastle City Council.

Harvey Emms recently joined Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners as a senior director having previously been director of planning, housing and transport and assistant director of development at Newcastle City Council.

As chief planner at the council Mr Emms dealt with some major applications, including the Eldon Square shopping centre expansion and new bus station, the refurbishment of Monument Mall, the Stephenson Quarter and high-profile residential schemes in the Ouseburn.

Most recently he has been the director in charge of the development of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan setting the planning framework for Newcastle and Gateshead for the next 20 years.

Jonathan Wallace, senior director and Newcastle office leader for NLP, which employs over 40 staff at its city centre offices, said: “We are delighted that Harvey has joined our team. Harvey brings with him considerable experience and knowledge of planning and transport issues in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear and the wider region.

“He has extensive experience of working with chief officers across the North East and with senior politicians and MPs which will benefit our clients and their schemes.”

During his 14 years with Newcastle City Council Mr Emms built up a strong track record in the housing sector.

He was the lead officer responsible for driving forward development on Newcastle Great Park with the house building consortium of Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey and was a board member of the New Tyne West Development Company overseeing the delivery of 1,800 homes at Scotswood.

Until recently, he was a non-executive board member of Nexus (the Passenger Transport Executive for the Integrated Transport Authority) overseeing the reinvigoration of the Metro system and bus network across Tyne and Wear.

He was responsible on successfully delivering part of the City Deal, negotiating improvements to the A1 Western Bypass as well as securing funding for other major schemes including Newcastle Central Station and junction improvements at Cowgate and Gosforth.

Mr Emms said: “I am delighted to join the best independent planning consultancy in the UK and I look forward to new challenges, working with staff and clients


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