Gravis Director and RTPI NI Chair, Chris Bryson, gives views on NI Assembly planning debate
16 February 2024
9 January 2024
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Hargest to the role of Director of Planning Consultancy for Gravis Planning, in Great Britain. Keith has been involved in Planning for over 30 years and has amassed a wealth of cross-sectoral experience in commercial, retail, residential, leisure, infrastructure, energy and minerals development.
He has worked on several major and complex urban development proposals in England, Scotland and Wales, incorporating issues of transport, housing, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs) and more. He is also a proven leader and manager of multi-disciplinary teams for client projects.
With extensive knowledge of planning systems across the UK and Ireland, as well as the Isle of Man, Keith has been an expert witness in 75 public inquiries and hearings for both planning appeals and development plan examinations. This includes advocacy and witness roles. He has also provided support for legal teams in major legal challenges, including cases at the Court of Session and Supreme Court.
Commenting on Keith’s appointment, Group Managing Director for Planning, Richard Bowman, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Keith to Gravis Planning. He will lead and manage our planning consultancy work in Great Britain from our offices in Edinburgh and London. Keith’s experience and expertise is exceptional and will provide huge benefit to our existing and future clients, as we continue to grow our business throughout the UK and Ireland.
“Whilst Keith is particularly well known for his work on urban planning, having authored Government research reports on retailing and town centre planning, his multi-sectoral knowledge and experience is exactly what we aim to provide for our clients at Gravis Planning.
“We are looking forward to growing our consultancy footprint across the UK and Ireland in 2024, with Keith as part of that leadership team.”
Speaking about his appointment, Keith added:
“I am delighted to be working with Gravis Planning to develop and grow the company’s Planning consultancy work across Great Britain. I have no doubt that our collective experience and multi-sectoral expertise will prove to be a compelling consultancy offering to our clients.”