David trained with DLA Piper in Liverpool and qualified as a specialist planning and infrastructure consents solicitor in September 2010. He joined Weightmans in March 2015 and has significant experience of acting for both the public and private sectors.

David regularly advises local authorities on CPOs and defending judicial review challenges. He has been involved in a number of major regeneration projects advising on all aspects of the planning process. He has particular experience of advising local authorities and other public sector bodies on the assembly of sites for redevelopment using compulsory purchase powers.

David's experience includes:

Advising Nottinghamshire County Council in relation to the promotion of a compulsory purchase order and associated side roads order for a major highways scheme that will deliver a 3.8km road running adjacent to the village of Gedling, unlocking the redevelopment of the Gedling Colliery site to provide over 1,000 dwellings together with a variety of employment uses;

Advising Walsall Council in relation to a major highway improvement scheme affecting Junction 10 of the M6. The £64.5m scheme is being promoted by the Council in partnership with Highways England and will require the making of a compulsory purchase order to acquire land required for the improvement of this heavily congested strategic highway;

Advising North East Derbyshire District Council on the regeneration of the Former Coalite Site as a mixed use scheme comprising 660 houses, a new school and community facilities. Advice included agreeing phasing, mechanisms for securing remediation, drafting planning conditions and a s106 agreement containing high value planning obligations;

Advising a client in relation to a judicial review challenge to a local authority's grant of planning permission where the permission had a severe detrimental impact upon our client's key delivery office. The challenge led to a successful result for our client, with the interested party agreeing to take into account all of our client's needs in proceeding with its proposed development;

Advising Bolton Council and Transport for Greater Manchester on the compulsory purchase order required to facilitate the Trinity Gateway Project, a scheme providing a new transport interchange and associated commercial uses in central Bolton. The Project required close working with both the Council and its development partner throughout all stages of the Compulsory Purchase process, including attendance at the Inquiry and facilitating the vesting of the land subject to the Order. Advice also included work on a Lands Tribunal reference of a notice of objection to severance served by one of the affected parties together with other compensation claims;

Advising South Ribble Borough on a compulsory purchase order made under powers contained in the Housing Act to bring dilapidated housing stock back into the open market; and

Secondment to Sefton Council to assist in the drafting and making of the CPO and Side Roads Order required to deliver the £20million Thornton to Switch Island Link Road.

David is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

Legal Directory Quote

"He has great in-depth knowledge of a lot of areas, particularly side roads and CPOs," and "gives really good strategic advice." Chambers & Partners 2019

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