Partner, Head of Planning

Mike is as acknowledged leader in the planning field. He is in demand as an expert witness in the largest and most contentious planning cases.

Recent work includes the redevelopment of the Dunsfold Aerodrome, In Surrey home of Top Gear. Mike secured an allocation for 2600 homes and 26,000 sq m of commercial floor space. He also secured a resolution to grant permission for a parallel planning application. This was subject of a four week call-in inquiry in the summer of 2017 at which Mike was the planning witness.

Mike was also the expert witness in the Candy Striped house case in Kensington which eventually after passage through the Magistrates and Crown Court was ultimately successful in the High Court in April 2017

Mike has appeared in the upper tribunal in 2016 and 2017 as an expert witness in respect of s25 of the land and property act and the issue of restrictive covenants.

He is currently working for Grosvenor on the promotion of a new Garden Community including 5000 new homes in North Essex on the Cambridgeshire border.

Caprice Holding and the Birley Group have been clients for many years and projects include , Scott’s, the club at the ivy, "34" in Grosvenor Sq, Sexy Fish and the relocation of the world famous "Annabels" to a new home in Berkeley Square opening in early 2018

Work around train stations forms a major part of Mikes portfolio. He worked from the beginning of CB1 in Cambridge, the Lord Rogers designed masterplan for 1.6 million sq ft of development around Cambridge Station. This is 75% complete and was highly commended in the RTPI East of England awards in 2017.

Flowing from that Mike is now working on 2million sq feet around the new Cambridge North Station and is also working on a potential major development of Oxford Station.


In addition to his professional work Mike also sits on the Bidwells main board advising the LLP on key strategic matters.

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