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Nick is a chartered town planner and development surveyor with over 25 years' experience, gained across the residential, commercial, retail and industrial sectors for corporate, institutional and private landowners and developers. He has worked at CBRE and Drivers Jonas Deloitte. His professional experience is in three main sectors – Strategic Land / Projects, Retail / Mixed-Use and Central London. Strategic Projects / Land involves the promotion of land for commercial and residential development for landowners and developers. Retail / Mixed-Use schemes are a blend of edge of centre and town centre mixed-use schemes with foodstores and other uses, often residential. This sector includes regeneration and waterside schemes. Central London focuses on projects from Canary Wharf to Hammersmith and Camden down to Wandsworth, Southwark and Lambeth.

When he isn’t working, Nick can be found playing golf (increasingly badly) and spending time re-stocking and emptying his wine cellar to indulge his passion for wine.

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James is Head of the Planning and Development at Carter Jonas and is based out of our London and Oxford offices. James advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the south of England. He has over 20 years experience in residential and mixed use development acting for private, corporate, institutional, charity and public sector clients. This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities. He has specific expertise in options, promotion agreements, joint ventures and landowner agreements. James has been involved in sites ranging from new settlements to city centre regeneration and smaller provincial and rural schemes, and also provides expert witness and independent expert valuation services for dispute resolution.

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Robert is based in our London head office and heads up the national development team. He has over 20 years of experience as a developer and consultant advising private, corporate and public sector bodies on how to extract value from strategic property assets.

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Colin is a Partner and Head of Planning across the Eastern Region, he is based out of our Cambridge office.  He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work.  He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

He regularly instructs Counsel, and has appeared at a number of Local Plan examinations and in Section 78 and other appeals where he has often given evidence.  He carries out much land promotion work and has a strong track record of delivering planning consents taking projects through their entire process from site identification to construction on site.  

Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and of the Cambridge branch of networking group, Interact.  He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen. He is a regular, if poor golfer, a keen cyclist and a committed, but somewhat less dangerous skier than he once was.

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  • Working on the Great West Quarter from the bid stage in 2003 through to the development’s completion in 2015
  • Securing permission for the first One Planet Living development in Brighton
  • Getting my head around quirky planning issues

Katy is a chartered planning and development surveyor with extensive experience working with private sector clients across London and the South East. Katy joined Planning Perspectives in 2002 before moving across to Carter Jonas with the rest of the team at the end of 2014. Katy advises on various forms of development but is particularly proficient advising on major residentially-led, mixed-use developments.  Her work ranges from providing quick pre-acquisition advice through to managing complex project teams through the planning process and beyond to implementation.  A significant proportion of her work involves adding value to redundant employment sites through complex Section 106 negotiations, transforming such sites into exciting new destinations.

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Simon is a Partner who heads up our planning team in the North and is based in our Harrogate office.

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Steven is Partner and Head of Planning Southern Region and is based in our Oxford office.

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Tim has particular experience of advising on major residential regeneration schemes in the Capital. This typically includes buying or selling land for development or setting up joint ventures between private sector developers and public land owners, evidenced most recently by his role at Battersea Power Station working on behalf of a government land owner to enable redevelopment and regeneration of 3 acres of prime riverside land into 420 new homes and a new state of the art waste transfer station to service west London. Tim also recently set up the Joint Venture enabling the much anticipated redevelopment of Berwick Street, Soho, by PMB Holdings in conjunction with City of Westminster where consent is in place to deliver a mixed-use retail, 100 key hotel and residential scheme. 

Tim is currently advising on several major complex residential developments including the former BBC Television Centre (1000 homes) being delivered by Stanhope Plc and a scheme at White City (1500 homes) by Westfield Shopping Centre with the Berkeley Group (St James).

Tim advises public and private clients on land across the Capital and regularly undertakes option appraisals, feasibility studies, business cases and transactional work for private and public clients.
 

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Glen is Head of Masterplanning in the Planning and Development team and is based in our Cambridge office.

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Steve heads up the National Retail and Town Centre Consultancy team based in London’s West End, following the acquisition of Strategic Perspectives (which formed part of Planning Perspectives) in December 2014.  Steve has over 20 years’ experience as a planning consultant advising local planning authorities, regeneration bodies, developers, operators, investors and landowners on all aspects of town centre, retail, leisure and economic development and planning.  His expertise ranges from preparing site (sequential) appraisals, capacity/impact assessments and spatial strategies/visions for town centres to help inform plan-making and decision-taking; through to acting as expert witness at Appeal, Call-In, Local Plan and CPO inquiries. 

His local authority clients include Nottingham City, Warwick District, Guildford Borough, Great Yarmouth, Basingstoke, Rugby, Harlow, Hull City, West Devon, Mid Sussex, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Kings Lynn Councils.  He is also providing retail and economic planning advice for wide range of developers, investors and occupiers to help unlock the value of existing and new assets/sites in different locations, including for Hermes, Realm, Salmon Harvester, Land Securities, Threadneedle, Aviva, Benson Elliot, Quidnet and Wilson Bowden. Steve was one of a handful of consultants invited by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to advise upon the retail planning and town centre elements of the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Policy Guidance, having previously advised the Government on PPS4 Town Centre Good Practice Guidance on Need, Impact and the Sequential Approach.  He is also an active member of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), where he sits on the Planning Working Group; a Board Member of the National Retail Planning Forum (NRPF); a member of the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM); and chair of the annual RTPI Retail and Town Centre Conference.

Prior to this Steve’s PhD assessed the potential impact of Regional Shopping Centres on town centre vitality and viability.

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Matthew has acted for a wide number of Landowner Clients including:

  • Royal Estate Sandringham
  • Crown Point Estate
  • Cecil Family Trust
  • Greene King Plc
  • North Hertfordshire College
  • Cemex
  • May Gurney
  • Pigeon
  • Advice, marketing, disposal and additional tranche disposal of 1,500 unit Residential Development in Grantham.

Project team principle for disposal of the NHC Centre of the Arts, Hitchin, securing a Development Partner and assembling a professional team to progress an application, sale and disposal of a principal asset within the College’s portfolio 

Mathew has over 29 years' experience in the property industry and has been directly involved Residential Development in East Anglia since 1998. He specialises in Land Disposals and Acquisition; Strategic Land, Promotion and Option Agreements. He has acted for a wide range of private and public sector land owners companies including Greene King, Royal Estate Sandringham; Grant Thornton, Pigeon, Crown Point Estate, Cemex (formerly RMC), The Diocese of Norfolk & Norwich and North Hertfordshire College as well as private land owners across the region.

He is Head of Residential Development at the Cambridge Office.

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Three career highlights:

Park Road, Pontefract
At the very early stages in my career during the 1980s, I became involved on behalf of The Duchy of Lancaster, as Landowners, in respect of 35 acres off Junction 32 of the M62 and opposite the Racecourse at Park Road, Pontefract.

Having worked on the site through the late 1980s, I was pleased to be able to secure sales of land through the 1990s on a site which faced significant restraints on development including highways, overhead cables and planning.

The site eventually sold for development of a 135,000 sq ft Retail Park and an owner occupier in the form of GKN Chep was identified for around 10 acres, with the remaining 10 acres sold to a local Developer.  

The project provided valuable experience within the Development sector and illustrated how value for a large site facing complex development issues could be brought forward in a piecemeal fashion, provided it was properly managed through the planning process.  


Offices to Residential Development – Windsor House, Harrogate
Following the Government’s introduction of Permitted Development Rights for offices to residential I was asked to advise a prospective purchaser of an office scheme with which I have been involved for over 20 years.

My background knowledge of the Commercial sector enabled us to provide valuation advice in respect of c. 37,000 sq ft of buildings, but also give confidence to the purchaser that vacant possession could be obtained on the parts proposed for residential development, whilst those parts where vacant possession could not be obtained could be sold on to prospective investors.

Over a very short timeframe I was able to negotiate termination of four remaining Leases in order to provide 20,000 sq ft of vacant accommodation on completion of the purchase.  I also secured the simultaneous sale of 7,000 sq ft effectively to an owner occupier of the office buildings and a simultaneous sale of a 10,000 sq ft building, which remained let and sold as an investment.  

The project is now complete and the residential conversions have achieved record values in the Harrogate marketplace.


Northallerton Gateway
Over a lengthy period of my career I have been involved in a development site immediately to the north of the market town of Northallerton.

Acting on behalf of a local farming family I first advised in respect of a site allocated in Hambleton’s Local Plan for 10 acres of commercial use.

Having advised the Landowners on a Development Agreement with a Developer, the scheme evolved into a 25 acre development with around 20 acres of residential development.  Over time and through agreement with the Local Authority, recognising their local housing need, the project evolved into essentially 55 acres of residential development.

The scheme was incredibly complex, involving around 7 Landowners and eventual Planning Permission granted for 900 units and was dependent upon significant Grant Aid being available for creation of infrastructure, particularly a road bridge across the main East Coast railway line.

To me the scheme epitomises the need for communication with the client, trust between the development team and patience to wait for a scheme to evolve - in this case over 20 years.

The project also illustrated the impact of the fluctuations in the property market.  At various stages in the development process the site had virtually nil hope value, at other times aspirations were raised on the back of perceived residential values.  In the end a pragmatic approach, taking into account the extensive infrastructure required, was the only way the objectives of the Landowners, the Local Authority and Developers could be met.

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Lachlan is a partner based in our Southern region and is based out of our Bath office, he has over thirty years' experience in Town planning in the field of Development Management, Development Policy, Training and Performance Management. His previous work includes delivering planning permission for a major urban extension in the Green Belt and successfully promoting large urban expansions. Lachlan specialises in strategic development, and has lead on major development promotions at Eynsham, Beaconsfield, East Sussex, Keynsham, Slough and other locations. Lachlan has also been heavily involved with the local government with over 25 years’ experience to a senior level, he has worked with the local authority extensively in the field of corporate policy development, projects and performance management with a special responsibility for spatial planning.

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Our dedicated Planning and Development specialists work nationally across four regional hubs: London, Cambridge, Oxford and Yorkshire, offering clients local knowledge and expertise with a national reach.

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At Carter Jonas, we recognise that achieving planning permission is more than just being policy compliant. It is about understanding a wider range of factors and applying them to reach a favourable outcome.

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Throughout the UK, Carter Jonas works with public, private and corporate clients to deliver property development projects with the aim of ensuring the maximum returns on clients’ assets.

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We advise clients nationally on the planning and development of new retail, leisure and mixed-use real estate in town-centre, edge-of-town and out-of-centre locations across the UK.

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