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Town planning consultants in Harrogate and County Durham

Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates provide a broad range of town planning and development services for clients in North Yorkshire and across the North East. Get in touch with us now to find out more.
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Meet the Team at Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates Ltd

Steve Hesmondhalgh BA (Hons) MRTPI 
Managing Director

Steve has 30 years’ experience in the planning industry. He has worked in both local government and the private sector. He spent 10 years at senior level in local government before moving to the development industry.

Steve ran a large independent planning consultancies based in a law firm then went on to be a partner in an architectural practice before setting up Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates.

He has a reputation for providing excellent, commercially astute planning advice. He provides a more personalised service for his clients; with a wealth of experience, and first class expertise and problem solving skills.

01423 885 378 or 07792 585 330 

Ross Sandbach BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI 
Senior Planning Consultant

Ross is a Chartered Town Planner who has worked in Local Government, the Civil Service and Private Sector consultancy planning roles.

Working for one of the UK's larger planning consultancies Ross was involved in a number of large scale housing applications, with experience of the preparation and submission of planning applications for development projects of significant scale across a variety of Local Authority areas throughout the northern region. His experience also includes student accommodation and retail schemes.

Ross works between Harrogate and County Durham, and is based in the company's office at Newton Aycliffe Business Park. He has excellent knowledge of Teesside, North Yorkshire and County Durham.

01325 628 109 or 07399 555 947 

Philippa Baruch MSc MA BA(Joint Hons)
Planning Consultant 

Philippa joins the Practice with a Masters degree in Town Planning from Newcastle University. Before that she obtained a Masters degree in Politics from Durham and a BA in Politics and Economics from Newcastle.  

She is working towards her corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute following experience at Gateshead Council and the broad range of experience she is gaining within Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates.  Philippa undertakes research and assists with report writing and planning application submissions for Ross in the Durham office. 

01325 628 109 or 07984 626 104

Richard Spencer MBA BSc (Hons) MRTPI 

Richard has worked in both the public and private sectors in planning, regeneration, economic development and tourism. He is a chartered town planner with qualifications and expertise in tourism. This led him to be Director of Marketing for a Tourist Board. He currently advises companies across the North of England on a variety of business development matters and specialises in rural and hospitality projects. 

Richard also manages a Joint Venture partnership with two of the largest hotel associations in the country in both the North East and Lake District. For our clients, Richard provides economic impact reports, tourism justification papers, businesses cases and helps provide the added value on our client planning communications.

01423 885 378 or 07708 488 895

Anne-Marie Hesmondhalgh 
Director and Business Development

Anne-Marie has had a varied career leading up to her role as Business Development Manager of Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates. Her position as Miss Zimbabwe in the early 1990's led her to set up the first independent television station in that country. This was followed by a highly successful career owning businesses that trained multi-national companies in IT and Customer Relationship Management - with clients as varied as Coco-Cola and the United Nations.

Her role in the Practice has been focussed on developing the broader geographic base of the business. She is also responsible for improving client access to information.

To find out about the company contact Ann-Marie
01423 885 378 or 07831 682 401 
''Steve is widely experienced in planning matters, with over 25 years of experience in the business and has carried out work for us to the highest standards, always exceeding my best expectations. We choose to work exclusively with Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates in all our UK developments. I would be happy to recommend Steve to all my contacts for planning and property development work.''

- Paul Millinder. CEO Empowering Wind
For town planning consultants in Harrogate, County Durham and across the North East, call Steve Hesmondhalgh and Associates Ltd on 

01423 885 378 or 01325 628 109
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