Nigel joined Heaton Planning in April 2021, and his responsibilities include: the preparation and submission of Planning Applications; on-going management of infrastructure planning approvals; project management and preparation of Environmental Statements; providing professional planning advice and co-ordinating appeals including preparing written evidence and site appraisals.

Prior to joining Heatons, Nigel ran his own planning consultancy – Birchwood Planning – for nearly 6 years.   Nigel undertook contract work for local planning authorities in Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, specialising in major projects and delivery of Sustainable Urban Extensions.  In parallel he prepared and submitted applications for residential development, agricultural works, holiday lets and minerals developments for private clients and companies.  He also provided planning advice to schools, charity groups and local sports clubs.

Prior to Birchwood Planning, Nigel worked for Arup, Covanta Energy UK and Veolia Environmental Services for a period of 8 years as an associate and planning manager.  Prior to this he worked as a planning officer for local planning authorities in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Devonshire.