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Local land experts merge to form a one stop shop consultancy

Development Nous is a growing local multi-disciplinary land consultancy following the merger with well- established Hastings businesses Shanley Surveyors and Design Phase, a leading Structural and Civil Engineering consultancy.

Development Nous was set up by Principal Planner Matthew Holder and Licensed Cadastral Surveyor Karl Carew in 2016 and with strong organic growth over the last 6 years along with significant changes in local body and central government in regard to land use and development opportunities, they are keen to strengthen their locally based one stop offering.

Shanley Surveyors owner Aaron Brittin brought across his team at the end of 2022 while Design Phase’s Kelvin Landon and Rachel Landon, Structural Engineer and 3 Waters Engineer respectively, joined Development Nous around the same time. “Joining forces with these other well established local businesses will provide greater resilience and deepen our professional expertise for the benefit of our clients and their projects.

Collectively our aim is to continue to develop quality and enduring communities,” says Karl. Shanley Surveyors has been surveying land across the many parts of the east coast since 1931,originally established by Harry Davies, Norman Hewkin and Colin Shanley, first known as ‘Davies and Hewkin’ and from 1968 ‘Shanley & Co’.

Aaron was a longstanding employee of Colin Shanley’s for over 30 years before taking over the business in 2020 and rebranding to ‘Shanley Surveyors’. Aaron joins Development Nous as a company Director and Survey Lead. Kelvin says “Design Phase has collaborated on projects with Development Nous for many years therefore it was a logical step to join forces to increase the depth to the senior leadership.”

Kelvin also takes up a company director role. Matthew says “With the recent cyclone and it’s damage across Hawke’s Bay, the region and future land use are
at a historical tipping point and local knowledge and expertise will be vital in the recovery and future prosperity of the region.

Future land use is a priority, and we need to find the right balance of ensuring we have enough land for housing and a growing population while at the same time looking at sustainable productivity across our highly regarded primary sector of horticulture, viticulture and traditional farming.”

Today Development Nous offers professional services in Town Planning, Surveying, Civil and Structural Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Environmental Consultation and Project Management. Development Nous will continue to be based in their recently built modern office at 502 Karamu Road North, Hastings.