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


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


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