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The network is able to draw on resources from a number of professionals. Depending on the scale and level of work, we are flexible and able to meet the requirements of our clients. This includes IR35 compliant interim work. Based on current work commitments the key contact for the network at present is David Williams. A short pen-profile for the key network members is included below for information.


David Williams BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI has over 30 years’ experience in urban planning and regeneration. Following 10 years at Trafford Park Development Corporation, with responsibilities for key area-based regeneration activities, David has been operating as a freelance planning and regeneration specialist since 2001. Work has concentrated on planning and regeneration activities covering a range of public sector clients. Assistance has been offered to local authorities with their plan-making activities, helping the organisations to move their plans forward in a professional and efficient way.

Key project management roles for urban regeneration organisations in the North West have also ensured successful project delivery within set time frames and budgets. Projects have included Salford's successful bid for the new home for the BBC at Media City, regeneration projects in Sheffield, Barnsley and Trafford.


Julian Jackson BSc (Hons) DipTP DMS MRTPI is a chartered town planner with over 30 years experience mostly in development plan making but also in development management, working for local authorities in Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire. For 20 years Julian was the Planning Policy Manager at Chorley Borough Council leading the preparation and adoption of two successive district-wide local plans. He was also the lead planner on major development and infrastructure schemes as well as the chief planning witness at compulsory purchase and side roads order inquiries.

Julian was a member of the first North West Regional Assembly Planning Advisory Group, and presented evidence at the Examination in Public for the North West Regional Strategy as well as at EiPs of successive Lancashire Structure Plans. In 2007 Julian proposed to the Planning Advisory Service and DCLG that plan making authorities needed critical friend support and he subsequently became one of the first Spatial Planning Peers to act out that role.

In 2008 Julian was first seconded and then confirmed as the lead coordinator for development plan joint working across Central Lancashire – Preston, South Ribble and Chorley Councils collaborating with the assistance of Lancashire County Council. He led the preparation of the joint Central Lancashire Core Strategy and was the chief examination witness. Julian also coordinated progress on the aligned allocations plans produced by the three district councils, and led on the authorities’ joint approach to the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Since leaving his coordinator post Julian has advised local planning authorities on their development plan making preparations including assisting Cheshire East Council. In 2013 he qualified as a neighbourhood plan examiner and in 2016 became chair of the North West Planning Aid Task Group.


Steve Power BA Dip EP MBA MRTPI has over 30 years planning and regeneration experience in public and private practice in the UK. Steve has held senior positions with Local Government in Knowsley and Liverpool City Councils, responsible for project delivery in Business Parks and Town/City Centres. Steve also led on the development programmes in the Bootle Maritime City Challenge Initiative and was Development Director for the award winning Rope Walks Partnership in Liverpool. He also led the Liverpool office of Rider Levett Bucknall and has a wide range of experience covering all aspects of regeneration projects including project development and delivery and interim management. His recent work includes interim Assistant Director for Housing Regeneration at Liverpool City Council and development and delivery of a major programme of investment in the Oldham Cultural Quarter on behalf of Oldham Council.


Keith Reed BA MA MRTPI has over 40 years’ experience in planning, management and transportation. Much of Keith’s local government career was spent in strategic and local planning in the context of regeneration in Greater Manchester and in two of the country’s main growth areas, Berkshire and south Hampshire. As an independent consultant Keith has assisted local authorities in North Yorkshire, North Northamptonshire, Somerset, Lancashire, Hampshire and Surrey with local plans, strategic development control, and major housing appeals. Keith is an expert in the management of planning services and has had major interim management roles in Lancashire, Oxfordshire, the South Downs National Park and Harborough District Council. He has extensive experience as a witness at public inquiries and as a participant in local plan examinations in public.