Portfolio - Issue 5 - Autumn 2018 - Page 87



The growth of the business has also
resulted in the appointment of a Senior
Planner, Joanne Wood, to further support
the company’s clients.
Mark Ketley discusses the projects
which have particularly stood out during
his time with BH Planning and Design.
“In recent years Bradley Hall has
rapidly become a key player in the North
East property industry, and I was
delighted to join a team of professional
industry experts with an outstanding
track record.
“My role now includes managing a
number of exciting projects while
attracting new business and growing the
planning and design team. Now is such
an exciting time for North East
development, and BH Planning and
Design is already playing a part in the
changing landscape of the region.
“We’ve been involved in a number of
signicant projects, including with wellknown brands Story Homes, Miller
Homes and Galliford Try, as demand for
new housing in the region grows.
However, there are two particular
projects which have stood out due to
their impact on the regions people,
entrepreneurs and local communities.
“North East charity, Heel and Toe,
recently acquired a new centre which will
support their work in providing free
therapy for children with physical
disabilities. The charity wanted to build a
specialist therapy centre in County
Durham, which will help increase support
for the region’s young people with
physical disabilities. They currently
provide 12,000 hours of free therapy
including physiotherapy, occupational
therapy, speech and language, conductive
education and special educational needs
tutoring.
“The charity launched the Footprints
Appeal last year to raise money to
convert a derelict building in nearby
Perkinsville, into the only centre in the
area to house a hydrotherapy pool.
“We were proud to work on behalf of
Heel and Toe in gaining planning
permission for the state-of-the-art hydro
centre, which will help provide important
sessions for families in the hydrotherapy
pool, with a therapist, plus therapy
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rooms, a Gait analysis suit, rebound
therapy on a trampoline, a charity shop
and accommodation for families who are
travelling from outside of the region at
reduced rates.
“Over 500 children a month have free
therapy sessions with the charity and this
gure is expected to rise to 600 a month
in time for the planned opening of the
new centre.
“In addition to national corporate
companies and important local charities,
we also look to support home-grown
North-East businesses as they expand.
Bells Fish Shop, which has been running
for a total of 60 years, will open its fourth
operation on Finchale Road in
Framwellgate Moor, following gaining
planning permission with our support.
“Business owner Graham Kennedy,
who has been in the industry alongside
his wife Alleson for 32 years, has invested
in the transformation of a former derelict
car showroom into a 9,000sq ft
restaurant, takeaway and preparation
centre.
“The planning system is tasked with
supporting investment and economic
growth, and this is an exemplar proposal
as the redevelopment of this derelict site
will create new jobs for local people.
These projects are especially important
as we look to utilise the region’s
opportunities and play a part in eciently
transforming the landscape not only in
our cities but in our surrounding
communities too.
“We are looking forward to continuing
in our success, growing operations and
growing the team. 2018 has been a
fantastic year for us and we look forward
to the future of BH Planning and Design.”
For planning and design advice please call
BH Planning and Design on 0191 232 8080
MEET THE BH PLANNING AND DESIGN TEAM
Mark Ketley
Director of BH
Planning and Design
0191 232 8080
Christopher whitehouse
Director of BH
Planning and Design
0191 232 8080
Joanne wood
Senior Planner
0191 232 8080
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