iain hill partner planning
Partner, Planning

Iain has over 17 years’ experience in the property industry.  He is fully versed and practiced in the principles of property development, with a particular expertise in planning.

Iain heads up the Norwich based Planning Team and specialises in the provision of strategic planning advice to inform both estate-wide and site-specific development projects.

A key component of his work is advice on the preparation of site wide masterplans to inform the phased redevelopment of sites. Iain has a track record of securing planning permission, both locally and nationally, for major development projects across all sectors.

Recent projects

Carrow Quay, Norwich

  • Planning permission secured (Outline and Reserved Matters) for a high density urban development, providing 250 residential units with ancillary uses.
  • The proposal is the largest high-density development in the country designed around the principles of Passivhaus.  Construction is due to start on the site in early 2018
  • The applications involved exclusive consultation with key stakeholders; including the general public.  As a result, the Reserved Matters application was determined within the 13-week statutory period.


Duke’s Wharf, Norwich
(Former Eastern Electricity Headquarters)

  • Planning permission secured for 154 residential units and commercial floorspace.
  • Due to a tight programme, the ability to identify the appropriate planning strategy and establish a positive working relationship with Norwich City Council Officers and Members was key to the success of the project.
  • Due to the site’s allocation in the Local Plan, the application was supported by evidence to demonstrate that there was no demand for employment purposes.


Thorpe Coombe Hospital, London

  • Planning advice provided to the NHS on the preparation of a masterplan to facilitate the phased redevelopment of a part vacant, part operational hospital for a mixed-use development, comprising an exemplar health centre and residential units.
  • Following completion of the masterplan, an application for the proposed development, which included the conversion of a Grade II listed building, was submitted and subsequently granted.  Construction is due to start on the site in early 2018.


Goodmayes Hospital, London

  • Preparation of Feasibility Study to explore the potential options for the future redevelopment of the site, including the planning strategy to deliver identified objectives in a timely and cost- effective manner.
  • Following completion of the initial work, representations were submitted to the Council to influence emerging planning policy, which resulted in the deallocation of the site from the Green Belt. Pre-application discussions have been held with the Council and a planning application for approximately 250 residential units is being prepared.
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