I specialise in the consenting of major development and infrastructure projects and help clients by breaking down multiple, interwoven strands of legal and regulatory requirements into logical workstreams and achievable goals.
I formulate consenting strategies around meeting goals on time and on budget, while keeping an eye on the detail.
My focus areas are infrastructure, conventional and renewable energy development, major/mixed-use schemes and urban regeneration.
I am skilled in the promotion of development consent orders, Transport and Works Act orders, major/multi-authority planning applications and compulsory purchase orders.
I am experienced in all other contentious and non-contentious aspects of planning law, environment law and environmental impact assessment, s106 and planning agreements, highways agreements and orders, inquiries and judicial review.
Recent projects I have worked on include:
- Energy-from-waste: A development consent order for 42 MW and 75 MW energy-from-waste power stations in Kent for Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.;
- Gas pipeline: The implementation of a development consent order and exercise of compulsory rights for a 28km cross-country gas pipeline to connect a new gas-fired power station to the national transmission grid;
- Energy storage: The acquisition of a 7.2 MW battery storage facility near Grantham by the Electricity Supply Board, comprising six container-sized lithium-ion batteries;
- Oil exploration: An application to the High Court for ancillary rights under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 for petroleum exploration and development rights.
I am regularly quoted in some of the planning and energy industries' leading trade publications, including The Planner, Planning Portal, Renewables Now and Network and am a member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) and Compulsory Purchase Association.
I am also a Co-Chair of Planning Out, a network for LGBT professionals and their colleagues working in or with the planning sector.