John Bosworth

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John is Head of Planning at Maples Teesdale and has extensive experience working in both the private and public sectors. He has advised developers, investors, regeneration agencies, local authorities, funders and housing associations on a wide range of legal issues associated with development, regeneration, infrastructure and strategic land projects. John advises on all aspects of town and country planning, judicial review, highways and drainage and compulsory purchase and compensation.

Professional experience:

John has advised upon some of the largest regeneration schemes in London and the south of England including London Docklands, Earl's Court, Nine Elms and Wembley Park in London and also Ashford, Temple Quay, Bristol and the Camborne Pool Redruth Urban Regeneration Area in Cornwall. This has included:

  • Advising in connection with the resolution of nutrient neutrality issues in respect of an already consented site for over 3500 homes in Norwich.
  • 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 Devon 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
  • Advising a landowner in connection with three non-determination appeals for residential development in Kent for circa 200, 300 and 900 homes including agreeing comprehensive section 106 agreements.
  • Advising a HNWI in connection with objections to the redevelopment of an office building in Westminster to a hotel/restaurant.   The application was eventually withdrawn as the applicant was unable to satisfy the Council in respect of carbon minimisation.
  • Acting for a hotel/residential developer in connection with hotel, residential and student accommodation developments across London.
  • 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

Professional history:

  • Trainee and Solicitor Portsmouth City Council/ Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, 1986 – 1990
  • Solicitor Ashurst Morris Crisp, 1990 – 1996
  • Partner Ashfords, 1997 – 2017
  • Partner Maples Teesdale, 2017


Awards and recognition:

  • Recognised as one of the Best Lawyers in UK Planning law
  • ‘Personable, knowledgeable and clear.’ Legal 500 2023
  • ‘Strong and clear advice on all of the hot topics’ Legal 500 2023
  • ‘John Bosworth is the one of the best planning lawyers I have ever worked with – and he is a good guy as well!’ Legal 500 2023

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