PLANNER PROFILE: GET TO KNOW OUR NEW SENIOR PLANNER, DANIEL HAY
Daniel Hay has recently joined us as a Senior Planner based in our Southern office. Daniel has had a strong mix of both private and public sector planning with projects ranging from Paragraph 79 houses to affordable housing.
What’s your planning background?
I have always had a strong interest in human geography. This led me to study City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. The honours degree spanned over four years and included a one-year work placement with a planning consultancy in Bournemouth. After graduating I started working as a development planning advisor for the Environment Agency (now Natural Resources Wales). Following on from this I moved to a private consultancy to develop this specialism. In this role I was responsible for reviewing site specific viability assessments for Local Planning Authorities up and down the country. This really honed my negotiation skills and resulted in me presenting at planning inquiries, appeals and at local planning committees.
What are you looking forward to most?
I’ve been here just under a month so far and I am really enjoying the variety of projects I have been able to work on. I am looking forward to working on some longer-term projects and seeing the South office, where I am based, continue to grow.
If you gave up your day job…
I think like most people I would want to travel the world… but there’s only so far you can go without the money from the day job!
When you’re not working, you’re…
I’ve just moved to a small village which has a lot of great walking opportunities. So when it isn’t too cold and we can drag ourselves away from the fire, you will often find us on a walk (via a public house en route of course).
Something we may not know about you…
I’ve been known to do a bit of spoken word poetry and I previously supported Buddy Wakefield (a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion) at an event in Cardiff.