NATIONAL planning and development consultancy Lichfields has been welcomed on to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme by a senior Government Minister.

Lichfields has recently led on some major job-boosting Northern developments. The Leeds office successfully delivered consents for the Sirius Minerals $2.9bn potash mine under the North Yorkshire moors.

The transformation of St Peter’s Square and Manchester Library and Town Hall were led by Lichfields’ Manchester office and its Newcastle base is leading on the 83 hectare Integra 61 business and distribution park, near Durham.

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, said: “With offices in Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds, Lichfields continues to make a major contribution to the Northern Powerhouse economy.

“We’re delighted to welcome Lichfields to our rapidly growing Northern Powerhouse Programme and are looking forward to shining a light on the collaborative and innovative work they do with partners across our region in the development industry.” 

Lichfields Manchester-based Planning Director Stephen Morgan-Hyland, said: “Lichfields is supporting the Northern Powerhouse by working collaboratively, sharing skills and delivering insight to help our clients provide the houses and commercial floorspace necessary to drive up living standards and boost economic performance across the Northern Powerhouse.

“We are committed to sharing our knowledge, and as a leading voice in the development industry we will continue to work closely with government and leading businesses and property organisations, sharing our knowledge and helping to shape planning policy for the future.

“We will bring commitment, intelligence and energy to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.”

The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme promotes the development strengths of the North and allows members the opportunity to help shape its delivery and direction.

Lichfields employs over 200 staff in its eight UK offices with over 60 of these being based in the Northern Powerhouse cities of Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.