Matthew is a Senior Associate in the Planning team.
Matthew is a Chartered Town Planner (Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute) and has detailed knowledge of national planning policy and local authority planning processes. Matthew works with strategic land promoters, developers and private individuals identifying opportunities across sectors and unlocking asset value. He also advises on planning matters including site appraisals, the assembly of planning applications, preparation of planning appeals and management of the planning application process. Having worked in the public and private sectors, Matthew is experienced in managing complex applications and multi-disciplinary teams.
If an application goes to a planning appeal, he prepares statements of case, proofs of evidence and statements of common ground and gives evidence at appeal hearings and public inquiries. Other areas of expertise include representation in regard to local development plans and neighbourhood plans, as well as advice on site promotion strategies.
Recent examples of how Matthew has supported clients include:
- securing permission for student housing in the face of initial opposition from the planning authority by identifying ways to overcome objections;
- maximizing the disposal value of a property portfolio by advising on potential new uses and the planning issues arising for former care homes;
- securing permission for housing on a disused open space in a North Wales village, demonstrating suitable open space availability locally; and
- securing planning permission for an on-site bar at a bottling and kegging plant out of town, despite restrictions, by applying for mixed-use permission and demonstrating the benefits of local jobs and diversification.