Created 18th December 2019

The Director of a North East planning and design firm has been elected as the Junior Vice Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s North East branch.

Since joining as Director in 2018 Mark Ketley has led the growth of BH Planning & Design, sister company of leading North East property firm Bradley Hall, to expand its team to meet the growing demand for Planning and Design consultancy support on developments across the region and nationally.

Founded in 1914, the RTPI is the professional body for Town Planners and is the UK’s leading planning body with over 25,000 members. As a Chartered Institute, the RTPI is responsible for maintaining professional standards, awarding Membership to its professionals and accrediting planning courses nationally and internationally.

Mark said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the post of Junior Vice Chair of the North East branch of the RTPI. The RTPI has a wide range of functions including campaigning and lobbying the government on planning issues, helping inform and steer government planning policy, and working in partnership with employers and communities across the country to promote the development of its professionals and support the next generation of planners. To be able to help influence the future direction of the planning profession in the North East and inspire future planning professionals is a real honour and a privilege.”

Since Mark’s appointment in May 2018, BH Planning & Design has since appointed experienced Senior Planners, Joanne Wood and Daniel Puttick, as well as graduate planner Callum Armstrong.

Clients of the firm have included national developers Galliford Try, Story Homes, Miller Homes and Bellway Homes, local businesses including Crate Park Ltd, PJI Engineering and Bells Fish Shop, and North East children’s charity Heel and Toe. BH Planning & Design has also pledged to support several local causes and community organisations, beginning with sponsorship of both Hunwick Cricket Club and Whitley Bay Barbarians.

Mark continued: “Our experience and professional approach to all planning related matters, combined with our excellent relationships with Local Authority planning departments, has maintained a high level of success for each of our clients and has enabled the implementation of several key development projects across the region.

“Such projects not only impact on the economic landscape and success of the North East, they also create thousands of opportunities for the people who live and work in our region. Residential projects provide high quality new housing for local families, charitable projects can provide life changing opportunities for people who need them most, and commercial projects offer the chance for businesses to thrive and secure vital new job creation for local communities.”

Our Services

We offer a full service approach to residential and commercial property.

Commercial Agency

For all of your commercial property needs.

More information

Residential Agency

We have the key to your perfect home.

More information


For impartial and bespoke mortgage advice.

More information