Doug advises clients UK-wide and leads our highly-regarded North West of England team.

Doug is one of our directors and a town planner with 21 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. His clients range from major developers to owner-occupiers, and he can advise on a wide range of projects. He is an expert in planning strategies and has significant experience of giving evidence at appeal hearings, inquiries and Development Planning examinations. He also advises on heritage assets and enforcement matters.

“Getting the planning strategy right is crucial in promoting sites, whether through application or plan promotion. Getting under the skin of local politics and meeting local ambitions is key. All development brings benefits to communities, getting this message across is crucial if a development is to be accepted.”

Doug combines a detailed understanding of planning policy with a sharp commercial mind. He thrives on promoting residential, commercial and leisure schemes, from urban extensions to land regeneration. He enjoys complex, mixed-use projects and solving environmental, heritage and community challenges.