Harrogate-based planning consultancy Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates has expanded its team with the appointment of chartered town planner Jonathan Saddington as an associate.

Mr Saddington joins the firm with 15 years’ experience in local government. Working at both Stockton Council and as principal planner at Hambleton District Councils, he has dealt with several high-profile projects including the Sowerby Gateway scheme to build a new village on the outskirts of Thirsk, and a controversial five-turbine wind farm at Seamer, near Yarm.

Steve Hesmondhalgh, managing director of the practice, said: “Jon’s in-depth experience of large-scale housing, retail, commercial and renewable energy planning applications gives him a unique insight into the project management skills that are vital for the success of large development proposals.”

Mr Saddington, who will be based at the firm’s Harrogate and Darlington offices, said: “I’m really excited to be joining Steve Hesmondhalgh & Associates. It’s an opportunity to bring the skills I have honed over many years in the public sector.”