A PLANNING specialist has added to its team at its Tyne Valley headquarters.

Hedley Planning Services has announced the appointment of Alexander Franklin as its planner in the Burn Lane office, in Hexham.

A student member of the RTPI studying for a masters degree in urban planning at Newcastle University, Alexander will help the senior team in preparing planning applications and supporting planning statements for residential and commercial clients across the region.

Managing director Sean Hedley said it was important to support young planners’ careers: “The placement will expose Alexander to professional practice and new schools of thought. The more young professionals like him do this, the more they strengthen their ability to develop and grow as successful and influential planners.”