Personal Profile

Rob is an Associate in the Real Estate Department, specialising in planning. He advises private sector clients on all aspects of planning and compulsory purchase law, mainly within the retail, residential (including mixed use development) and energy sectors.

Rob drafts and negotiates agreements on behalf of clients under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and sections 278 and 38 of the Highways Act, as well as other ancillary agreements, to facilitate development. He has a wealth of experience in drafting and advising on conditions and also reviews the planning position of development for clients looking to acquire or dispose of property assets including corporate due diligence. Rob takes an active role in reviewing documents and frequently enters into negotiations with local planning authorities to modify or regularise particularly complex developments.

Key experience

  • Appearing against a large multi-national supermarket retailer in an inquiry where a dismissal was secured, thus safeguarding development plans for a rival supermarket.
  • Representations and initial judicial review proceedings against another local planning authority to prevent development on the basis that the local plan was out of date.
  • Acting on a large mixed use scheme in Bradford to bring forward development in line with an area action plan including significant housing numbers.
  • Leading a successful written representation appeal for a wind farm extension in County Durham.
  • Appearing as an advocate in a hearing for a significant wind farm development in Gloucestershire.
  • Fending off a Court of Appeal application, and a subsequent application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, in a leading environmental assessment case.
  • Advising on various residential schemes including a large development on brownfield land.