Savills planning division holds on to top spot in consultancy survey for the fourth year running

Lynette Swinburne (RMG Photography)

Savills planning division, with a team based in East Midlands, has maintained its position as the No.1 national planning consultant in Planning magazine’s annual consultancy survey for the fourth consecutive year.

The survey reveals Savills as the largest employer of chartered town planners with a total of 179.

Growth in the team has been achieved by the launch of a dedicated heritage team, an expanded economics team and a new planning team established in Newcastle, the expansion continued with the acquisition of Porta Planning in July. The division also took on a record 19 graduates.

The division’s expansion was underpinned by increased activity across all sectors – with a particular focus on infrastructure, including new road and rail projects and work in the energy sector.

Lynette Swinburne, head of the Savills Lincoln planning team, says: “I am delighted that for the fourth year in a row Savills is at number one in the national list of consultants. This is an unprecedented run at the top and I am grateful to everyone in the Lincoln team for making such a great contribution to maintaining our position once again this year. This underlines our strength across all of the main land use sectors allied to our unrivalled geographical coverage in 21 locations across the UK.”