A HEXHAM-BASED planning specialists has appointed a new director.

Hedley Planning Services has promoted Joe Ridgeon, a former associate at the firm, to the role of director.

The move will see him working alongside Hedley Planning Service’s managing director, Sean Hedley, on the growth of the firm, based at Hexham’s Burn Lane.

Joe will work on the growth of new business development and strategic planning matters for residential and commercial clients across Northumberland and County Durham.

He will be involved in overseeing expansion into new regions, notably Teesside and Yorkshire, to tap into strong demand for the company’s strategic land promotion expertise.

He brings more than 10 years’ experience and expertise in planning to Hedley Planning Services, which saw a 25 per cent increase in trade in 2018.

The increase in trade came at a time while the company was also expanding the range of services it offered.

Thanks to the new work and clients, workforce numbers have also been boosted.

The firm currently employs six specialists providing a range of services and expertise.

Sean Hedley, who established the company in 2012, said: “Joe’s promotion is well-deserved.

“Since joining us, our clients have benefited from his strategic insight, development management experience, and creative approach to finding sustainable solutions for developing estates, land and assets.

“He has a commitment to quality and has given a vast contribution to both our existing and new clients.”