mike jones partner planning
Partner, Planning

Mike is a chartered town planner with 14 years’ experience.  He previously worked within the public sector and for the last five years in the private sector.

Mike has extensive experience of leading and managing a variety of major projects to secure planning permissions and development plan allocations and is highly skilled in negotiating complex issues on planning applications.

He advises developers and landowners on s106 obligations and community infrastructure levy and has overseen project management of complex urban infrastructure projects including large scale renewable energy schemes, new settlements and mixed-use urban extensions.

In a former role Mike was was appointed as principle planning officer for the delivery of the new town settlement of Northstowe in Cambridgeshire. Mikes post was funded by Gallagher Estates (joint applicants with the then HCA) through a Planning Performance Agreement. He was sucessful in unlocking the delivery of the primary infrastructure and first phase of 1,500 homes, enabling the future HCA land holdings for the remainder of the 8,500 homes to come forward, following 10 years of inactivity.

Mike managed the various stakeholder working groups including the promoters, HCA, Environment Agency, Anglian Water, local Parish Councils and the joint Development Control Committee Members for the District and County Councils.


dwellings consented/allocated since 2013

Recent projects

  • Full consent for the re-development of the Aspects Leisure Park in Bedford Borough. The permission enables the delivery of an extension to the existing cinema including the provision of new A3 uses along a re-generated riverside frontage.

  • Secured outline ‘hybrid’ consent for a mixed-use, 1,850 dwelling urban extension on land west of Bidwell, Houghton Regis North. The scheme, although a draft allocation, was constrained by Green Belt with the application coming forward before the adoption of the emerging Development Plan. Mike was pivitol in the negotiations with the LPA through a Planning Performance Agreement, including the drafting of the s106 Legal Agreement and discharge of the advanced infrastructure elements.

  • Multiple consents for a portfolio in excess of 100MWp of ground mounted solar farms across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire on behalf of Lark Energy.

  • Outline consent for a 95 unit ‘para 14’ outline application upon a greebfield site in Central Bedfordshire. This involved stakeholder engagement with the Local Planning Authority to unlock and improve local facilities whilst liaising with Counsel on a parallel Planning Inquiry for the same site.

  • Currently engaged with various strategic residential promotions across Milton Keynes and Central Bedfordshire, as well as advising residential clients on the tender and delivery strategies on strategic sites in Northamptonshire, Rutland and Oxfordfordshire.

  • Resolution to grant full Planning permission for 32 dwellings upon a former employment brownfield site in Central Bedfordshire.
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