michael derbyshire
Partner, Head of Planning

Mike is an 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 the 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 Square, and Sexy Fish. 

Work around train stations forms a major part of Mike's 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.

Mike will be speaking on the CaMkOx Corridor at the following events:

UK Government Pavilion session at MIPIM
10:00 on Thursday 15 March 2018

The British Property Federation is the programme partner for the Department for International Trade at MIPIM 2018, and the session provides an opportunity for the Government’s proposals around the CaMKOx Corridor to be showcased.

National Planning Summit
12:00 on Thursday 10 May 2018

Mike will be speaking on how to use strategic cross-boundary planning to coordinate infrastructure and housing delivery

  • How can joint plans/cross-boundary plans provide a more coordinated approach between infrastructure provision and housing supply
  • How does the government aim to incentivise cross-boundary planning through housing deals, and what sort of "strategic and zonal planning approach" does it expect in return?
  • Case Studies: Oxford housing deal, Greater Cambridge city-region plans and CaMKOx Arc
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