Throughout his career John has advised upon some of the largest regeneration schemes in London and the south of England including London Docklands, Nine Elms and Wembley Park in London and also Ashford town centre, Temple Quay, Bristol and the Camborne Pool Redruth Urban Regeneration Area in Cornwall.
Advising in connection with the negotiation and renegotiation of various section 106 agreements at Wembley Park, including in respect of a new Masterplan providing 4850 new homes, one million sq ft of offices and start up workspaces and the provision of £140 million of investment into community infrastructure across Wembley, including a primary school and nursery, GP’s surgery and community meeting spaces. The agreements included cascade and review mechanisms for affordable housing, low cost employment space and community provision; highways improvements; public access; contributions towards education facilities; landscaping; public open space; public art; car parking management and travel plan measures.
Advising in connection with the compulsory purchase order for the redevelopment of Shepherds Bush Market and the High Court/Court of Appeal challenge to the order
Advising in connection with the redevelopment of the Empress State Building, Earls Court
Advising a landowner on compensation issues and a £25M reference to the Lands Tribunal in respect of a CPO linked to the development of Wembley Stadium.
Advising in respect of the called-in planning application for extensions to London Ashford Airport, including the negotiation of a planning obligation regulating the operation of the airport
Advising a water utility company in respect of its objections to the Bank Station extension transport and works order.
Advising a County Council in respect of a new settlement of 7500 new homes, including the provision of highways infrastructure, public transport, new primary and secondary schools and a library.
Representing a landowner/developer in the High Court and Court of Appeal following a statutory challenge to the grant of planning permission on appeal. The challenge, which was brought largely on Habitats and EIA grounds was dismissed.
Advising a landowner in connection with a supermarket development on an edge of centre site, including establishing a base lawful use position and negotiating a section 106 agreement in connection with a planning appeal.
Partner Maples Teesdale (2017)
Partner Ashfords (1997-2017)
Solicitor Ashurst Morris Crisp (1990-1996)
Trainee and Solicitor Portsmouth City Council/ Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (1986-1990)
Memberships of professional / academic bodies:
Compulsory Purchase Association
Legal Associate Royal Town Planning Institute
CIPFA TiS Online Editorial Board Member
Awards and Recognition:
John has been included in The Best Lawyers In The United Kingdom for his work in planning since 2009