Planning expert's dual role

The head of planning and environment at a Staffordshire solicitors' firm has taken up two influential positions in the world of local government law.

Stewart Titchener has been elected legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and admitted to the Law Society's planning panel.

Titchener heads the planning and environment unit at Knight & Sons, Newcastle-under-Lyme, where he is a consultant.

Titchener, former chief executive of Stoke Council, says: “This important recognition strengthens our ability at Knight & Sons to offer a specialised, quality service in public authority work.”

His department gives advice to clients on subjects including planning applications, building regulations, proposals affecting green belt land and alterations to listed buildings.

The firm says Titchener will now join an elite band of recognised experts on planning law.