Independent national planning consultancy DPP has appointed Jo Robison as associate director in its Newcastle office.
Previously a divisional head in Smith Gore’s (now Savills) northern planning team based in Darlington, Jo will work across all of DPP’s projects in the north east although her primary focus will be on the residential sector. A graduate of Northumbria University with a BSc in housing development surveying, she also has a Masters from the University of Newcastle in town planning.
With over 17 years’ in planning consultancy, Jo is highly experienced in identifying and promoting strategic land through the planning system for schemes of between 10 to 900 homes and assisting in delivering complex planning consents, including Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium while working in London.
“It’s an exciting time to be working in the residential sector in the north east,” says Jo. “There have been several new entrants into the sector and we’ve seen an increase in the number of small and medium sized housebuilders. The uplift in activity across the UK has definitely reached our area.”
Director of DPP’s Newcastle office, Faith Folley, backs Jo’s view: “It’s really positive for us to have somebody with Jo’s experience join us here in Newcastle. The area is really vibrant and her knowledge of the residential sector will add significantly to our expert residential team.”
When not working, Jo, who lives in Gosforth, enjoys running and spending time with family on the Northumberland coast.
Jo’s appointment was also reported on Bdaily.