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Charles Hardcastle
Partner, Infrastructures
0113 203 1091 Email me About Charles
Charles is a Chartered Surveyor, RICS Registered Valuer and Head of the firm's Energy Team. He provides specialist advice on all manner of energy projects and associated infrastructure including: renewables, conventional oil and gas, shale gas, peak power generation and energy storage.Charles specifically advises landowners and developers on land referencing, site suitability, feasibility, technology selection and project delivery. He has specific expertise in site brokerage and negotiating option and lease, wayleave and access arrangements over sites for both landowners and developers. Charles also provides valuation and due diligence advice for secured lending, investment and agency purposes for renewable projects. Charles also advises private and institutional clients on all aspects of strategic rural, infrastructure and marine asset management.

A member of Carter Jonas was Lead Consents Officer for the North West Coast Connections, a project to connect a new nuclear power station on the west coast of Cumbria to the national grid, with approximately 140 km of OHL, 22 km of tunnelling and 15 km of underground cable as well as removing up to 150 km of the 132kV network, all within some of the most cherished landscapes in the country.

The team member led an internal team of three Consents Officers and managed numerous external environmental service providers to deliver a challenging message and undertake a significant EIA. The scope also included the need to deliver and co-ordinate timely advice to construction Project Managers and other relevant departments such as Legal, Communications, and Engineering.

The role was also the single point of contact with key stakeholders such as the specifically organised Stakeholder Reference Group, PPA group (all Local Authorities in Cumbia and Lancashire affected by the proposals).

The projected value of the project is £2.8 billion.