Ben Thornley and Claire Parker take on roles as senior town planners, with Jordan Balazs progressing into a role as a town planner.
Ben joined Cassidy + Ashton in 2018 and is based at the practice’s Chester office. He has a wide range of experience and specialises in obtaining planning permission for developments in green belt areas. He works on commercial development projects across the North West and North Wales and is also currently working on several residential schemes in the London Boroughs.
Based in the practice’s Preston office, Claire began her career at Cassidy + Ashton as a student on work experience in the summer of 2012. After graduating with a Master’s in Civic Design at the University of Liverpool, she accepted a permanent role at the practice. In her new senior town planning role, Claire is managing larger, more significant planning applications and is becoming involved in the practice’s strategic development.
Having joined Cassidy + Ashton as a graduate in 2018, Jordan continued her studies part-time towards a Master’s Degree in Town and Regional Planning. She graduated with distinction in December 2020 and now plans to work towards obtaining her chartership.
Working alongside Claire in the Preston office, Jordan has taken on a lead role in planning projects since promotion, managing residential, educational and commercial schemes of all sizes.
Alban Cassidy, a director and Chartered town planner at Cassidy + Ashton said: “We pride ourselves on the talented team we have at Cassidy + Ashton and believe it is important to provide opportunities to help progress each and every employee through their chosen career.
“Claire and Ben have both taken on much more responsibility over the last year which has enabled them to take charge of larger and more complex projects. This promotion is well deserved for them both and reflects the growing contribution they make to Cassidy + Ashton.”
“Since being awarded her master’s degree in 2020, Jordan has demonstrated a real understanding of planning that has enabled her to progress rapidly with her career. She has become a key part of the team and already has many successful applications behind her.”
Cassidy + Ashton’s planning team works from the practice’s North West offices delivering services across the UK.
As town planning and environmental consultancy specialists, the team has also developed strong and collaborative relationships with local authorities and key stakeholder organisations and manages all types of planning applications for a diverse range of commercial and residential developments.