Richard is a Director at Quod North. Richard has provided development planning advice to the property industry for over 15 years. His experience if focused on the private sector, with local, regional, national and international clients including development companies, retailers, landowners and commercial institutions. Project experience ranges from micro managing the performance of existing assets through to strategic proportion of large scale and complex development schemes, including expert witness evidence. Having worked between Leeds and Manchester for the entirety of his career, Richard has developed an excellent understanding of, and working relationships with most local authorities in the north of England and the Midlands. Richard is chartered town planner and a member of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce Planning Reform Group. Key Projects Richard has acted on behalf of many national retail operators and retail park landlords, securing consent for new stores, extensions to existing estates and modifications to planning controls affecting those estates to facilitate occupation by new retailers. His retail experience includes implementation of Sainsbury’s new stores and extensions programme across the East Midlands, and advising on the asset management of Leeds’s premier retail warehouse destination, the Crown Point Shopping Park. Richard has been involved in a number of key commercial/mixed-use schemes. For example, he secured outline planning permission for a new divisional headquarters for the Humberside Police Authority as a first phase of a larger scale masterplanned employment site in Hull. He also secured outline planning permission for the retail-led mixed use (including office and residential space) redevelopment of the former gas works site on St Andrew’s Road in Huddersfield. In terms of residential development experience, Richard secured outline planning permission for over 200 dwellings on behalf of the land owner of a heavily contaminated site in Cleckheaton, and has also been involved in the strategic promotion of land for residential purposes through the development plan process, involving issues such as green belt land release and housing need projections. Richard has been involved in a number of infrastructure projects which have included securing permission for a contaminated soil treatment facility in Greater Manchester, leading the planning process the demolition of natural gas and liquid natural gas storage tanks across the country, and securing the necessary approvals for infrastructure and preparation works necessary to deliver a major 3,000 dwellings regeneration opportunity in West London.