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Edgars Planning Consultancy appoints new Heritage Associate

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24 January 2023

Multi award-winning Witney planning consultancy, Edgars, has appointed Katie Dickson as an Associate to spearhead its services to the heritage sector.

A highly qualified building conservation specialist, Katie brings more than 10 years of public and local authority experience, having worked as a conservation and design officer in three different London boroughs, followed by seven years as a freelance heritage consultant, where she worked closely alongside the Edgars planning team.

During her career, she has advised on a wide range of projects in the Oxfordshire region ranging from the extension, alteration and conversion of listed buildings and curtilage structures, housing developments and extensions to schools within conservation areas.

In her new role as Heritage Associate, Katie will be heading up the negotiation of listed building consent applications, providing guidance on building conservation, drafting heritage statements, and formulating strategies for the management of construction and restoration projects on heritage sites.

Katie said: “After having spent the past few years working as an independent consultant, I am delighted to be able to progress my career as part of such a dynamic and dedicated team.  Their collaborative, supportive and totally client focussed approach, and exciting and challenging portfolio of projects have made joining Edgars a very easy decision for me to make.”

Jayne Norris, Director at Edgars said: “With the continued growth of our business and the ever-increasing need for heritage reporting on many of our projects, it now makes perfect sense to diversify the business by extending our in-house services into this important sector.

“Katie's commercial, local authority and private sector background will bring invaluable insights. Having worked with Katie for many years, we know that her positive, tenacious, and always positive approach, combined with genuine care for clients aligns very much with our own values.  We couldn't be more thrilled to have her join the team."

Based in Witney, Edgars has seen year on year growth and is now a leading planning consultancy for the Oxfordshire region, and with more than 50 per cent of its business now involving some kind of heritage requirement.

The company’s 16-strong team of expert planners has worked across a wide range of prestigious projects including the multi award winning Radley College Chapel Extension, the UK campus of Peking HSBC Business School, the Command Works at Bicester Motion, and a number of rural estates.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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