David Richards. RTPI First Professional, ONC, HNC in Planning, Surveying & Cartography, Cert. Dev Control

Planning Associate

David started working life at the bottom and worked his way up to the very pinnacle of the Town Planning ladder. He worked initially for 5 years as office junior at Salop County Council and following government re-organisation he transferred to Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council as Technical clerk with a later move up to Control Assistant. After having attended Liverpool and Birmingham Universities David was then employed as Development Control Officer.

In 2004 David was appointed as Senior Planner for Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and, in 2008, following the Unitary merge of the Shropshire Councils he transferred back to Shirehall as Principal Planning Officer. On 3rd May 2011 David retired after 41 years Local Government service.

With his impeccable track record David has joined The Planning Group Ltd and Planning Appeals Ltd in order to offer clients his wealth of local government planning experience.

On a personal note David is a happily married family man with two sons. He enjoys football and managing local teams at junior and adult levels, is a season ticket holder at Shrewsbury and life long Evertonian. A budding thespian, David has started writing articles and comedy sketches and was a key component in a recent pantomime to raise funds for the Severn Hospice and the Princes Trust. He sings and dances and was a contestant in Britain’s Got Talent.