Town Centres and Retailing
Tesco – obtained consent for stores in Auchinlech, Craigmarloch (Cumbernauld), Fraserburgh, and Dumfries and in England in Colchester, Southend, Havant, and Bath
John Lewis – strategic planning adviser in Scotland
Hammerson – planning permission for 9000 sq.m extension to Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow
Glasgow Gait – planning permission for Highland Properties Ltd and Glasgow City Council for 26,500 sq.m gross home and lifestyle centre, including 10,000 sq.m foodstore
Bishopbriggs town centre – planning permission for Muse Developments Limited for 8000 sq.m foodstore and 136 dwellings
Falkirk – planning permission for 9000 sq.m supermarket on former Falkirk FC football ground at Brockville and relocation of football club to green belt campus at Westfield
Fountainbridge – retail strategy and impact advice in respect of 10,000 sq.m retail floorspace forming part of masterplan Planning Permission in Principle
Waitrose – planning permission for stores in Stockbridge and Morningside in Edinburgh
Alloa town centre strategy – advice to Scottish Enterprise in relation to future development strategy for town centre. Advice concluded that consent should be granted to Tesco as catalyist to turn former mill building into new Clackmannanshire College and bring back into viable use listed former brewery buildings
Fraserburgh town centre strategy – advice to Scottish Enterprise and traders association in respect of development strategy for Fraserburgh harbour and adjoining fish factories
Asda/Walmart - Providing retail planning advice to client, including submission of a planning application for an ASDA/Walmart supercentre
Fairmilehead – Planning Permission in Principle for Scottish Water for 300 dwellings on listed water treatment works
Alnwickhill – PPiP for Scottish Water for 300 dwellings and demolition of 5 Category B listed reservoirs
Glenrothes – planning permission for redevelopment of former Ductform premises for 64 dwellings
Leuchars – planning permission for 136 dwellings contrary to development plan for Ogilvile Homes Limited at Henderson’s Meadow
St Andrews Campus, Bearsden - planning permission for Muse Developments Limited for demolition of 5 category A listed students residences and development of 100 dwellings, care home and business space
South Lanarkshire Schools Project – 9 planning permissions for Barratt Homes and Muse Developments Ltd on redundant former schools sites across South Lanarkshire
Winchburgh, West Lothian – strategy advice to LxB regarding planning permission and master plan for 5000 dwellings to deliver development plan allocation
Braehead – planning permission for MacFarlane Group Limited for 436 dwellings as part of wider development of 2000 dwellings, retail and business for Renfrew Masterplan Area
Armadale – strategy advice to Lithgows Limited for 300 dwellings as part of Armadale, West Lothian Core Development Area
Kenton Park, Newcastle – outline planning permission for AMEC for 300 houses on former Inland Revenue Offices. Consent included strategy for retaining and bringing back into viable use RAF World War II regional command centre
Plean – Planning Permission in Principle for Sears Developments Limited for 500 dwellings in countryside, contrary to policy, following demonstration that Stirling Council’s land supply strategy for Stirling East needed to be revised
Affordable housing – advised a number of parties during negotiation of appropriate levels of affordable housing and has used arguments relating to viability and the use of the various tenure types and affordable housing business models to reduce the burden on developers
City of Edinburgh Council - retained planning adviser under a 3 year contract starting in May 2015 for disposal of the Council's residential assets and development sites
Granton – planning strategy and delivery advice in respect of masterplan for 2000 dwellings on behalf of National Grid Limited. Advice included strategy for future use of category B listed gas holder
New Ingliston, Edinburgh Airport – strategy advice to New Ingliston Limited regarding development of 220 acre strategic gateway site identified in National Planning Framework for Scotland. Advice focused on strategy for bringing forward development in green belt in advance of green belt review. Inclusion of site in National Planning Policy Framework 2 confirmed such development was acceptable
Yorkhill Hospital Glasgow, NHS and Scottish Futures Trust – review of the development potential of Yorkhill Hospital and advising on options and planning risk as part of a multi-disciplinary team including Rettie and Co and Lambert Smith Hampton. The instruction involved co-ordinating public consultation and stakeholder engagement and preparing a strategy and a list of options for future land use.
Gilston – Planning Permission in Principle for Hansteen Land Limited for 60,000 sq.m business development and associated retail at Gilston, Polmont
South Gyle Broadway – outline planning permission for Goodman for hotel and leisure development and business park
Motorola, Bathgate – planning permission for change of use of 30,000 sq.m factory from single user strategic business site to business park
Motorola, South Queensferry – planning permission for change of use of 30,000 sq.m factory from single user strategic business site to general manufacturing plant for high specification railway tracks and points systems
Scottish Water Redundant Assets Programme – review of planning and strategy options for redevelopment and sale of 24 redundant assets across Scotland, comprising land and buildings varying in scale from 2 acres to 70 acres.
Southern Water Redundant Assets Programme – review of planning and strategy options for redevelopment and sale of 21 redundant assets across Hampshire, Kent and Sussex, comprising land and buildings varying in scale from 2 acres to 150 acres.
Edrington Group – planning strategy advice in connection with sale of distillery and offices at West Kinfauns, Perth; planning issues surrounding development plan review and its implications for Edrington of landholdings at Kirkwall; and listed buildings advice regarding redundant Parkmore Distillery, Dufftown.
University of West of Scotland, Craigie Campus, Ayr – detailed planning permission for campus masterplan, including academic buildings, student residences and 120 houses
University of Sunderland – strategic planning consultancy over 10 year period, including securing designation of both main campuses under strategic location for change policy and securing detailed consent for City Campus Masterplan and outline consent for St Peter’s Campus Masterplan. Instruction included strategy advice into proposed allocation of St Peters Campus as part of the Sunderland and Jarrow World Heritage Site, which resulted in restriction of the definition of the WHS boundary to exclude the University’s land holdings. In addition, various detailed consents have been secured for residential development of the University’s assets across the city
Sunderland Sixth Form College – detailed planning permission for sixth form college at University’s St Peter’s Campus
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh – detailed planning permission for 780 bed student residences and associated retail, leisure and community facilities for City Heart Ltd and Napier University
University of Northumbria, Coach Lane Campus – strategy advice in relation to future use of the campus situated to the east of Newcastle
Inverness College, Longman Campus – strategy advice about future development options for campus, including advising on whether the College should relocate to the New Highlands and Islands University campus on the outskirts of Inverness
University of West of Scotland Estates Strategy - advising UWS on its strategy for the future use and development of its campuses and associated assets at Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.
UWS Hamilton – planning adviser in connection with submission of a series of planning applications for a new University Campus at Hamilton International Technology Park and a master plan for the reuse of the existing town centre campus
Coal Bed Methane – planning policy and strategy advice to a number of operators regarding implementation of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences for Coal Bed Methane and Unconventional Gas in Scotland, northern England, and north and south Wales
Research for and Preparation of environmental submission for Petroleum & Exploration Licence Round award;
Inclusion of support for unconventional gas development within the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy
Planning permission and related consents for in excess of 60 exploration and development sites throughout the UK in an 14 month period.
A strategic land development program for acquisition of sites securing in excess of 70 sites in a 14 month period;
Strong stakeholder relations and Community integration and relations strategy.
Falkirk FC – planning consent for new stadium in green belt at Westfield
New stadium development – part of the team advising on new stadiums for Aberdeen FC, Sunderland FC, Southampton FC, Portsmouth FC, and Southend United FC
Bath RFC – consent for new training ground in the green belt at Bathampton
Maidenhead United FC – strategy advice in relation to whether the club should relocate from its town centre site, which is the World’s oldest continually used football ground
Alnwickhill, Edinburgh – secured consent for re-use of covered underground reservoir and associated pump houses as part of residential redevelopment of the water works site
92 Park Lane, London SW1 – change of use and redevelopment of Grade II listed Lutyens shop front to create new headquarters for Foxtons Estate Agents
Prudhoe Hospital, Northumberland – strategy advice to NHS and Northumberland County Council for re-use of 100 acre site in green belt to the west of Newcastle. The site contained a number of significant listed buildings
Longhirst Hall, Northumberland – strategy advice to Longhirst Hall Ltd in relation to future use of the hall and its surrounding parkland. Uses included hotel, conference centre, and cricket ground. The hall has subsequently been sold as a viable business
Ushaw Moor Hall, Durham – strategy advice to Durham Diocese in relation to future use of listed monestry, walled garden and surrounding parkland
East Fortune Hospital – strategy advice to National Museums of Scotland in relation to retention of category B listed World War I hospital, and Scheduled Ancient Monument World War I airstrip. Strategy included advice in relation to securing Concorde as exhibit at East Fortune Air Museum
Port Edgar Hospital – strategy advice to National Museums of Scotland in relation to future development options for category B listed World War I hospital. Advice included planning and compensation strategy to mitigate the effects of new Forth Road Crossing, which makes its land fall on the Port Edgar site. A masterplan was also prepared to develop links to neighbouring Port Edgar Marina
Boots, Beeston – strategy advice about redevelopment options for grade II* listed drugs factory on the outskirts of Nottingham
Barbush Mill, Johnstone – strategy advice to Burnthills Limited about incorporation of its category B listed factory into town centre regeneration scheme and the development options arising
Patons Mill, Johnstone – planning and listed buildings consent to Punch Holdings Ltd for conversion of category B listed building into 86 flats and planning permission for a further 136 dwellings in the grounds. Consent included permission to remove category B listed chimney. The consents ensured the survival of Patons Mill, which opened in1782 and was Scotland’s oldest surviving continuously used industrial building.
Pilmuir Works, Dunfermline – submission of planning and listed buildings applications on behalf of Byzantian Developments Limited for conversion of Category A listed former linen works into 157 flats, with ancillary commercial development.
Leslie House, Glenrothes – submission of planning and listed buildings applications on behalf of Byzantiian Developments Limited for conversion of Category A listed house into 21 flats and development of a further 26 dwellings in the grounds.
St Luke’s Church, Lochee, Dundee – listed buildings application on behalf of VVA Partnership for partial demolition of fire damaged category B listed church and subsequent planning and strategy advice.
Port Askaig Harbour, Isle of Islay – planning adviser to Argyll and Bute Council in respect of planning consent for 7 related planning and listed building applications for redevelopment and expansion of the harbour
Clackmannanshire Bridge, Kincardine – preparation of Social and Economic Impact Assessment for Scottish Government as part of the consent for the new bridge
North Shields Fish Quay – planning advice to traders’ association regarding implications of redevelopment proposals for the historic fish quay
Court of Session – appeared on a number of occasions for parties to litigation where the future use and development of land within the ownership of the parties has been an issue
Angus Council - planning permission for erection of 16,000 free range egg laying unit and associated ground works including drainage
Transport Scotland, Second Forth Crossing, Rosyth – advice regarding planning implications of compulsory purchase
New Ingliston Limited, Edinburgh Airport – planning advice in respect of compulsory purchase notices issued by Edinburgh City Council for Edinburgh Trams
Strathspey Railway – planning adviser to Cairngorms Railway Preservation Trust regarding new stretch of railway between Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge
Donnington, Chichester West Sussex – submission of planning and listed buildings applications for ‘glamping site’ in the grounds of the Old Manor House, Donnington.