Planning, Estates Management, Masterplanning and Need

Paul McTernan, Technical Director, MRTPI, MIPI, AOU

Paul has 25 years’ town planning experience with specialist knowledge in development management, strategic planning, regeneration, development consultancy, statutory plan preparation, rural and urban renewal projects, and urban design and masterplanning. He is a former CABE Enabler and has delivered a wide range of development projects to planning permission stage and prepared over 30 statutory development plans for local authorities.

In all Paul has made over 300 public inquiry appearances as an expert witness most recently addressing issues associated with retail planning, strategic infrastructure provision, ports development and regional policy alignment.

To contact Paul please email him Paul McTernan.


Graham Jenkins, Technical Director, MRTPI

Graham has presented evidence at over 30 Section 78 and Section 174 inquiries, and at some 15 Local Plan inquiries. He has participated in examination sessions at numerous Local Development Plan hearings. He has also provided witness statements for High Court challenges to appeal decisions and local plan adoption procedures, and at Lands Tribunal and Section 17 Land Compensation Act cases.

Recent public inquiries have included an appeal against the refusal of permission for a sand and gravel quarry in Oxfordshire (Hanson: Stonehenge Farm), an enforcement appeal in Central Bedfordshire (Evonik Degussa: Clophill Quarry), and a ‘call in’ public inquiry relating to a large scale quarry extension in Kent (Gallaghers, Hermitage Quarry), all of which received positive outcomes.

To contact Graham please email him Graham Jenkins.


Elle Cass, Technical Director, MRTPI

Elle is a Technical Director and the Planning Lead for the Built Environment Planning Team. She is responsible for advising on a number of major planning projects nationally and has particular expertise in the housing, mixed use, retirement, care and leisure sectors.

Elle has extensive experience of the house building industry, Care Sector and Nation Tourism & Leisure Opertators. She regularly undertakes the progect management role on instructions coordinating wider technical inputs. With over 20 years experience she has been involved in the resolution of the breadth of planning related issues that arise throughout the development process from pre-acquisition through to post development issues. She works across the UK and therefore has direct experience wth many UK planning authorities.

To contact Elle please email her Elle Cass.


Stewart Lenton, Operations Manager - Environmental Specialist Services, MRICS

Stewart is a Chartered Minerals Surveyor working predominantly within the minerals sector and has appeared at inquiries for both Section 78 Appeals and Minerals Local Plan inquires.

Stewart has given evidence as a planning expert whilst also providing a coordination/management role with the instructed solicitors.

To contact Stewart please email him Stewart Lenton


John Leeson, Director, C Geol, FGS

John has presented evidence at public inquiries on mineral quality, mineral reserves, quarry design and the need for aggregates and engineering clays. He has also given evidence on the prospect of salt subsidence affecting landfill integrity and the need for both landfill avoid space and for energy from waste facilities.

In addition, he has presented evidence to a parliamentary hearing in respect of a petition against the grant of compulsory purchase powers to an energy from waste facility promoter. He provided expert evidence to the High Court and successful Court of Appeal judicial review actions regarding permitting of “piggy backed” landfills and leaking landfills.

He has also participated in examinations in public in respect of minerals and waste development plans and local development frameworks, the latter in relation to major housing allocations. He has acted as an expert geologist and quarry design witness in two Lands Tribunal cases both of which were settled before hearings commenced.

To contact John please email him John Leeson


Chris Lowden, Technical Director, MRICS, MIQ

Chris has acted as an expert witness on Town and Country Planning matters at a number of waste related appeals, including Biffa’s recent successful appeal regarding Newhurst EfW in Leicestershire and WRG’s appeal for a MRF at Humberfield Farm in East Riding of Yorkshire.

Other inquiry experience includes representing clients at Examinations in Public, where Chris has successfully secured amendments to policy wording and site allocations.

To contact Chris please email him Chris Lowden


Chris Herbert, Technical Director, MRTPI

Chris has prepared and presented evidence for major EfW schemes at Ardley in Oxfordshire and Avonmouth in Bristol. Both appeals were successful and at Avonmouth full costs were awarded against the Planning Authority.

Other inquiry experience includes representing clients at Local Plan inquiries and more recently at Examinations in Public, where Chris has successfully secured amendments to policy wording and site allocations.

To contact Chris please email him Chris Herbert


Keith Owen, Technical Director, MRTPI, FIQ

Keith has appeared as a planning and need witness in support of a range of developments including sand and gravel extraction, landfill, energy from waste, and materials recycling facilities. Most recently he provided planning evidence in support of the Biogen Power gasification plant in Bedford and an Anaerobic Digestion plant in Manchester. He has participated in examination sessions at Local Development Plan hearings, provided evidence for a Judicial Review, and has appeared at a public inquiry in Malta.

To contact Keith please email him Keith Owen


Ian Lofthouse, Technical Director, FRICS, MIQ

Ian has presented planning and environmental evidence in the Minerals, Waste and Planning and Development sectors; including the implications of disposal of surplus excavated and contaminated material (Second Tyne Crossing) and need and environmental impact at the A30 Victoria and Innis Downs Junctions Trunk Road Service Area inquiries (Cornwall).

To contact Ian please email him Ian Lofthouse


Jonathan Reynolds, Technical Director

Jonathan has 15 years’ experience in Urban Design & Masterplanning across the UK. Particular areas of expertise include the establishment of a design ‘vision’ for a site, followed by the preparation of masterplans and supporting design material for both greenfield and brownfield regeneration schemes, from small infill sites to major urban extensions and settlements.

Jonathan has secured planning consent for sites as part of a wider team, and has provided services as an expert witness for urban design and masterplanning. He acted for the Hampden Fields Consortium as the expert witness on design at an inquiry in 2014. This was a major inquiry with five legal teams and three sites conjoined.

To contact Jonathan please email him Jonathan Reynolds


​Alison Sidgwick, Principal Planner, BSocSC, MURP, MRTPI

Alison is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) with who has been involved in planning appeals and Public Local Inquiries for over 15 years. Alison has extensive experience in local plan inquiry and planning appeal work associated with a variety of developments including commercial, residential, mixed use and wind farm developments. Her experience includes providing planning evidence for planning appeals, written submissions to inquiries, direct instruction of Counsel and general management of planning inquiries for clients.

Alison has worked with a variety of clients including RWE Innogy, Scottish Power Renewables, Scottish and Southern Energy, Ridgewind, EDI, Gleneagles Hotel and Buccleuch Estates.

To contact Alison please email her Alison Sidgwick