National property consultancy Carter Jonas has acquired JB Planning Associates (JB Planning), an independent planning, urban design, and development consultancy in Hertfordshire.

The acquisition comes as part of Carter Jonas’ plan to enhance its presence in the East of England and enhance its national planning and development capabilities.

JB Planning was established in 2002 and is comprised of a team of 11, eight of whom are planners and urban designers. They will all join Carter Jonas’ existing planning and development team based in Cambridge, with JB Planning’s managing director John Boyd joining as a group partner, and Paul Atton, James Rennie and Jeremy Pyatt joining as partners.

JB Planning has experience in both the public and private sectors and has been involved in a variety of mixed-use and residential projects, as well as land promotion, major planning applications, and appeals.

Colin Brown, head of planning and development at Carter Jonas said “The addition of JB Planning provides us with an ideal platform to strengthen our national team and continue the expansion of our development and planning services across the eastern region – reinforcing our status as the go-to experts.

Like Carter Jonas, JB Planning has a strong track record of working with major housebuilding and development companies, estate landowners, businesses, and individual land and property owners, and is recognised for its high standards of care and quality professional advice. I look forward to working with the team over the coming months to achieve greater synergy, utilising our combined knowledge, expertise, energy and values to deliver a more innovative approach for our clients.”

John Boyd, managing director of JB Planning Associates said “Joining Carter Jonas’ established Planning and Development team is an exciting opportunity for us to grow this part of the business.  Our Planning and Urban Team have achieved a diverse client base and established a strong track record in delivering high-quality masterplans and place-making urban design solutions, planning permissions and site allocations on complex sites throughout the southeast and other parts of the country stretching from Crewe to Somerset and the south coast of Kent, building a strong planning reputation.”

Mark Granger, chief executive of Carter Jonas, said “As we enter into the second year of our long-term strategy, we aim to maintain the rate of growth achieved over recent years by investing in our principal areas of business and the best talent. As such, it is extremely heartening to welcome John and his team to Carter Jonas. Together we will establish one of the largest planning and urban design practices in the region, benefiting our national teams as well as our clients from across the multiple property sectors in which we operate.”

This acquisition of a planning and development firm is the fourth made by Carter Jonas in recent years, boosting its number of nationwide planning and urban design professionals to over 100, operating across six regional hubs, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London and Oxford.

The acquisition of JB Planning took effect on July 30; it now trades as Carter Jonas LLP.

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