Partner, Planning

With over 30 years’ experience in both public and private sectors, Nigel has a track record of securing planning permission for complex, development proposals often with a residential component. He leads a planning team advising on strategic regeneration, mixed use, residential and educational proposals focused on Oxfordshire and the surrounding area.

Before joining Bidwells in 2019, Nigel ran his own planning consultancy, and previously worked for Quintain Estates, Chartwell Land and Thames Water Property (St James Homes). His professional life began in London working for two local authorities and the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC).

Nigel prides himself on developing strong relationships with both clients and planning authorities, applying innovative approaches to solve difficult problems, and always to achieve financial and commercial acceptability.


Gaydon Lighthorne Heath, Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Managing the delivery of planning permission for the strategic development of around 1,000 dwellings under option and secured key variations to local authority policies on market/affordable mix and site-specific exemption from CIL (IM Properties Plc).

London’s Metropolitan Green Belt: Royal National Orthopaedic Trust, Stanmore

  • Involved in the promotion of a major planning application involving a new hospital and ‘enabling’ residential development (450 dwellings).
  • Negotiated s106 agreement and managed other consultant disciplines, securing planning permission within 18 months.


Thames Water Property/St James Homes Ltd

  • Realised value from surplus Thames Water landholdings; planning permissions and local plan allocations secured for over 2,500 dwellings, often in high profile locations and listed buildings.


Green Park, Reading: Oxford Properties Ltd

  • Secured local plan allocation for amended employment area boundary enabling the expansion of part of the business park by 20,000 sq m.
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