Sam
Metson

Partner, Planning

Sam has twelve years’ experience as a town planner working in both the public and private sectors. He leads major, complex projects to successful conclusions on behalf of clients. 

Sam started his career by obtaining experience at Chelmsford City Council and Strutt and Parker before joining Bidwells. He has been a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2008 and became a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment in 2013.


Sam leads the preparation and negotiation of major planning applications, the promotion of land through the development plan process and the appraisal of planning prospects and strategies.


Sam has a wealth of project experience in Essex, outer-London and south-Suffolk and enjoys a constructive working relationship with local planning authorities and key consultees across the region.


Working closely with Bidwells’ in-house Residential Development team ensures that the whole Planning team is adept at the delivery of commercially viable and deliverable planning permissions.

  • Management of and liaison with all stakeholders involved in the planning process
  • Representations to Local Planning Authorities to promote client landholding interests
  • Identification of development opportunities and planning constraints
  • Formulation of successful planning strategies for the delivery of development objectives
  • Management of complex planning applications, including management of and liaison with large project teams
  • Promotion of land and assets
  • Sequential testing and sieving of site opportunities to establish relative merits of available land
  • Delivery of robust advice within tight timescales, in accordance with client requirements
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