Richard specialises in planning law and the authorisation of major infrastructure and commercial projects. He has more than 14 years’ experience of guiding a wide range of private and public sector clients through the planning process. He has promoted and opposed compulsory purchase orders, Transport and Works Act orders, Development Consent Orders (DCOs), harbour orders and hybrid bills in respect of energy, leisure, rail / urban transit, road, airport, harbour and water projects. He also advises on all aspects of planning law and procedure on major residential, retail, leisure / stadium, office and urban regeneration schemes and developments.
He offers expertise in advising on planning, environmental / EIA, highways and heritage law and procedure, public inquiry / hearing / judicial review work, advising on compulsory purchase (including overriding rights of light and other interests) and compensation, and negotiating complex planning, highway and objector / landowner agreements.
Richard regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on current issues in planning and infrastructure.
- Advising several energy companies on the promotion of energy-from-waste schemes (ranging from 10MW – 102MW) to secure Development Consent Orders / planning permission.
- Advising a football club on the redevelopment of its stadium site to provide a new 60,000 seat stadium and related development.
- Advising High Speed Two Ltd on the promotion of HS2 Phase 1, Phase 2a and Phase 2b, including petitioner management, and environmental and compulsory acquisition and compensation advice.
- Advising numerous national and south-east based house builders and investors on the planning of major residential and mixed use schemes and urban extensions, ranging from 50 – 4,000 units.
- Advising on the promotion of >10 Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in the energy, road, pipeline, airport and business and commercial sectors, including advice on planning, consultation and stakeholder management, environmental impacts, compulsory acquisition and implementation.