Former Jersey chief officer for planning and environment joins consultant for London and South East

Capita Symonds has appointed Paul Nichols new director of town planning for London and the South East.

Paul Nichols

He joins the company from the Jersey where he was the island’s chief officer for planning and environment, leading a team of 115 and responsible for a budget of £6.2m.

During his time on Jersey Nichols led all the state’s planning and environment services comprising planning policy, regeneration, development control, building control, environment policy, environmental protection, rural economy, fisheries, veterinary and met office.

He also led on the masterplanning of a waterfront development to create a new financial quarter as well as working with EDAW to develop an urban regeneration strategy for the island’s capital St Helier.

Nichols says: “Capita Symonds currently has a team of over 80 town planners around the country. My role will be to build up our market presence in London and SE.

“We will be responding to demand by expanding our capacity to deal with major planning projects, both for public and private sector clients.

“We will also be building on our current involvement in masterplanning projects and increasing our involvement in infrastructure planning, strategic planning and regional initiatives.”

Nichols has also worked on a number of international projects including Dubai’s Internet City.