Rob
Hopwood

Partner, Planning

Rob is a chartered town planner with over 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in the south-east of England. 

His work covers the full spectrum of planning legislation from site-specific issues to advising on strategies and leading multi-disciplinary teams in the promotion of new settlement proposals through the planning process. Rob is lead Planning Partner on the CaMkOx Arc Initiative, identifying development opportunities for clients (including landowners, developers, promoters, institutions and investors) along the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford growth corridor.

Prior to joining Bidwells in 2000, Rob worked for RPS, Chapman Warren Town Planning, Broxbourne Borough Council, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and The London Borough of Lewisham.

  • Over 30 years' planning experience in Public and Private Sectors

  • In-depth knowledge of national and local planning policy and local planning authority personnel

  • Leading multi-disciplinary project teams to steer development through the planning system

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