Partner, Head of Planning

Mike has 28 years’ direct experience in the planning field split equally between the public and private sector.

He worked for the London Borough of Barnet throughout the late 1980s to the later 1990s. He ended his career in local Government as a Chief planning officer responsible for all planning functions. The authorities he worked for include Welwyn Hatfield, Three Rivers District Council and Broadland District Council.

He moved across to the private sector in 2004 and joined Hepher-Dixon as a divisional partner. Savills acquired the practice in 2007 and Mike worked as a senior director in Savills based in their West End HQ. Mike moved to Bidwells in November 2013 as head of planning.

  • Advising on planning and political strategies for complex projects
  • Testing the viability of residential schemes with particular emphasis on the quantum of affordable housing
  • Expert planning witness at Inquiries, Higher Courts and tribunals
  • Specialist, in-depth knowledge of the central London market
  • High level contacts in London and throughout the East of England
  • Specialist knowledge and focus on the hotels, leisure, health, office and education sectors as well as major residential schemes.
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