Hyas Associates Ltd is a new town planning consultancy, established and operational in August 2016 providing strategic advice, capacity support,  expert technical knowledge and consultancy support to assist in the delivery of large scale, complex planning and development projects.

Rob Smith, one of the founders was previously Operations Manager in the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), helping drive the success and expansion of the ATLAS service from it’s original pilot phase in 2006 through to 2016. He has provided strategic advice to a considerable number of large scale schemes that have come forward through the planning system, from early visioning and policy development, through to pre-applications stages, determination and delivery.

Simon Leask, who was Head of ATLAS for over 10 years from it’s original establishment is a Strategic Advisor, able to draw upon his considerable insight, knowledge and experience to help projects move forward

Hyas has been created to offer a bespoke service to clients that require trusted and experienced advice, direct capacity support, brokerage and problem solving. The ethos is to work in a spirit of collaboration with all key stakeholders, helping to deliver great places through the planning system.