Jonathan is a planning expert in the hospitality and leisure sector and works to create high-end entertainment venues.

Jonathan heads up our national Hospitality and Leisure Planning team and is based in our Mayfair and Oxford offices. His client list includes national high street brands, Michelin Star chefs and a wealth of independent entrepreneurs, as well as Premier League footballers and major landowners.

From refurbishing Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, housed in the iconic and listed Savoy Hotel, to being the retained planning advisor to the 4,800 venue Stonegate Pub Company, he has created operations that really make a difference to the industry.

Jonathan is much more than a planning advisor and has been described by Queen’s Counsel as ‘a formidable expert in his field’. In this dynamic and ever-changing world, he devotes time to every client to understand their exact needs and wants.

Jonathan works with internationally renowned clients – global superstars. He has supported the growth of the Stonegate Pub Company from 200 to 4,800 venues and as planning advisor has overseen the growth of Flight Club throughout the UK.

Jonathan is MRTPI accredited.

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Flat block Insights 28.07.22

The Agent of Change principle has been with us for some years now, dutifully enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The principle seeks to protect existing and lawful noise generating operations from proposals for new noise-sensitive developments, particularly residential accommodation, but is it really having a meaningful effect?

It is time to level up the Agent of Change principle so that its objective is actually realised

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High-Street-Retail-Spring-2020 Blog 23.07.20

Reform was promised and change is very much the order of the day for this Government with the latest changes to use classes and permitted development rights. Mike Jones highlights the fundamental changes to use classes which come in to force on 1 September 2020.

Flexibility and Protection – A Use Class Order for the 21st Century?

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High-Street-Retail-Spring-2020 Blog 19.08.20

We discuss how the radical new use class planning reforms are changing the landscape of our high streets, using a recent client success example.

The radical use class revolution and how it’s already reforming our high streets

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High-Street-Retail-Spring-2020 Insights 23.11.20

Following the High Court's ruling of a legal challenge against the changes to the Use Class Order and General Permitted Development Order, Jonathan Phillips gives his view on the impact of the regulation changes on one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic and how these are already demonstrating a change in the high street landscape.

Use Class and Permitted Development regulations - How are they changing the high street landscape?

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Image of High-street Insights 04.12.20

Another announcement from the Government on new Class E uses, deals another blow to the hospitality, retail and leisure sector. Jonathan Phillips explains the latest permitted development right and what that means to town centres as we know it.

Will there be life in town centres? Yes, but not as we know it

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Flight Club, Cardiff

Our client wanted to introduce the Flight Club concept to Wales and to do this, needed to achieve change of use of a retail venue to create a new darts venue with associated restaurant and bar.

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Arrow Mill

A pub on the site of a historic flour mill required extensive refurbishment and alterations to create a stunning restaurant space and luxury accommodation.

Brunning and Price - Arrow Mill

Flight Club, Manchester

A unique social venue and event space, we were instructed to secure a location for the client’s growing portfolio. An in-demand site for several businesses, we developed an excellent strategy that secured a lease agreement and planning permission for our client.

MC_Flight_Club_Bar_DR - approved by client

The River Restaurant - Savoy Grill

With a tight timetable, The Savoy needed rapid approval to redecorate its Grade II listed space. We have worked with Gordon Ramsay Holdings for over 15 years during which time, we have built a strong relationship, meaning we could anticipate the client’s needs and deliver a swift result.


Chelsea Flower Show

Restricted by the council to run during a set time of the year, Covid-19 posed an enforced but exciting opportunity to run the society’s first ever autumnal show.

Flower Show 1

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