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Council eco-experts lead consultancy

Key members of London’s most environmentally conscious borough’s have been head hunted to lead a new sustainability and renewable consultancy.

Adrian Hewitt (pictured) who helped develop the Merton Rule at the south London borough and Miranda Pennington a former Sustainability Officer at Islington Council will lead Metropolis Green –a new division established by urban design specialist Metropolis Planning and Design

Mr Hewitt helped drive the radical renewable energy 'Merton Rule' policy into the mainstream of the UK planning process as former Principal Environment Officer for the London Borough of Merton.

He will now be responsible for developing and implementing renewable energy strategies for Metropolis Green's property and development clients. He will draw on his extensive experience of the planning system and his detailed knowledge of low-carbon technologies.

Ms Pennington - a licensed Code for Sustainable Homes assessor - has been recruited to work alongside Hewitt to deliver a suite of sustainability services.

Mr Hewitt said: 'Metropolis Green will suit me very well. They fully understand that new approaches are needed for meeting the energy and sustainability challenges of the future. We will explore emerging building technologies and systems and design energy strategies to suit a range of clients.'
Metropolis director Nigel Bennett said: 'I am excited at the prospect of having Hewitt lead our new environmental venture. His broad and in-depth experience gives him a unique insight into delivering low-carbon buildings from a national perspective right down to the site specific level and, importantly, from both the developers' and local planning authorities' perspective.'

Fellow director Greg Cooper added: 'Hewitt's knowledge, contacts and expertise in the sustainability sector will give us a cutting edge in the market and help us take the business to the next level.

'By having Metropolis Green in the same studio as our planners and architects we will be stronger as a practice and able to ensure that the right renewable energy solutions are incorporated into scheme designs from day one.'