Matt has a unique insight into the planning profession, having previously worked for two local authorities and a developer, before moving to the consultancy sector. He has over 14 years’ experience, specialising in residential and strategic land, alongside commercial and education projects.
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Matt has over 14 years’ experience in the planning and development industry – across the consultancy, client-side and public sectors.
He has a wealth of residential and strategic land experience. He has appeared at planning inquiries and local plan hearings, promoting sites and giving evidence on authorities’ five year housing land supplies. He also has commercial and education experience, having secured consent for new teaching facilities, alongside town centre regeneration schemes and large-scale logistics sites and business parks.
Matt began his planning career in the public sector in 2007, working for two local authorities in the North West of England where he was involved in all aspects of local plan making. In 2014 he moved to the private sector, managing a national portfolio of land and property through the planning system for one of the UK’s largest private property development and investment companies (The Emerson Group). He later moved into consultancy in 2017 and joined Nexus in 2021.
He is a trusted, diligent and commercially minded planner who is able to spot opportunities that others miss. He has built up an extensive network of contacts and is able to bridge the gap between the private and public sectors. His clients have included housebuilders Seddon, Barratt, Bellway, Countryside, Miller, Russell and Taylor Wimpey; developers Brookhouse, BXB, HIMOR, Investar and Peel; and education institutions including Stockport and Trafford Colleges.
Matt is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and volunteers on the Regional Activities Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).