PLANNERS MAKE EXPANSION MOVE
by Tim Gavell
A Fylde planning Planning Consultancy and land investment Group has moved to new offices following a period of expansion.
Leith Planning Ltd has held its official opening at The Crossroads Business Park in Kirkham after relocating from Lytham.
The award-winning family run group has achieved national recognition after its founder and Executive Chairman Chris Plenderleith was called upon by Sir Eric Pickles to contribute to next year's edition of The Parliamentary Review, having previously had articles published on best practice in Town and Country Planning. He was also recently contacted by Jonathan White, Director of Public Affairs for The Parliamentary Review and has been invited to comment on the upcoming vote on Brexit. Alongside his work with The Parliamentary Review, Chris has also worked with Lord Patel of Bradford and Lord Best in relation to work within the health sector.
Shan Dassanaike, Group Commercial Director, and married to Samantha, the Managing Director, said the firm, which employs 15, is split between Leith planning Ltd, Leith Planning Ventures and Leith Capital Management. He said; "The business has been providing planning services for over 27 years, having been founded by Chris, my Father-in-Law, and his wife, Sally in their daughter's bedroom. While it's grown into a national consultancy, it has remained a very family orientated company, with a strong ethos of family values which we carry through to our clients and our staff."
Despite being a family firm, Leith Planning has clients ranging from pension funds, retailers, land estates, national developers and hotel groups to celebrities and foreign investors as well as domestic-scale projects.
Shan said; "I think our unique selling point is the family ethos and the quality of service we provide. We make sure we provide a boutique service. Clients know we are always contactable and they know that everyone they speak to here will know all about their project." Shan said the company was keen to maintain its apprenticeship recruitment. "One apprentice who started six years ago aged 19 went on to become Office Manager, another started at 16 and has been working on the redevelopment project for Kensington High Street in London." MD Samantha added: "There is so much talent in the North West. We are willing to give something back and our apprentices have access to coaching from the Board of Directors who welcome an open door policy."