Promotion for town planner Matt at PWA

PWA Planning has invested in the future with the promotion of experienced town planner Matthew Wyatt.

Matthew, who is originally from Burnley but now lives in Morecambe, has been promoted to the role of associate.

A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Matthew originally joined the firm as a senior planner three years ago from Lancaster-based JWPC.

Matthew’s role involves helping business owners, residential and commercial property developers, and landowners, to secure vital planning permission in challenging circumstances.

He also has a particular specialism in planning for regenerating historic and listed buildings into new leisure developments such as pubs, bars and restaurants.

Speaking on the promotion, Paul Walton, director of PWA Planning, said: “Matthew is excellent at working with clients to solve complex planning applications and find solutions where all other attempts have failed.

“He’s not only assisted with many of our most challenging applications, but has played a leading role in helping us deal with the planning challenges brought about by the pandemic. Well done Matt – the promotion is thoroughly deserved.”

Matthew added: “One of my proudest moments at PWA has to be securing planning permission for a major commercial development at Banbury, named Frontier Park.

“It’s great to work on these larger projects, but it can also often be the smaller ones that are just as challenging and rewarding. Whether it’s securing the long-term use of a building or helping get a development through planning that will ultimately improve lives and create new jobs, my job means I can make a real impact on both the environment and places.”

Matthew obtained a degree in town planning and regeneration from Newcastle University in 2009. He then went on to clinch the Royal Town Planning Institute’s highly coveted Book Prize accolade after obtaining a distinction in the diploma in town planning course.

PWA Planning has an 18-strong team advising clients across the UK, including international forecourts operator EG Group, energy company Harmony Energy, housebuilders including Mulbury, Anwyl Homes, Story Homes, Applethwaite Homes and Hoober Homes, as well as various NHS Trusts.