Josh specialises in planning and infrastructure matters. He is involved in work advising clients on the delivery of infrastructure projects, Development Consent Orders, planning applications, compulsory purchase matters, and section 106 and section 278 planning agreements. 

He has experience acting for a wide range of public and private sector clients on, amongst other things, major infrastructure and regeneration projects. This work has included advising and assisting a national house builder with the resolution of £35m arbitration over an option agreement; high court proceedings regarding an agreement for land and related section 106; negotiating and implementing JV agreements; and assisting promotors with the consenting phase for renewable energy schemes.  

Josh has also spent six months in-house with a leading multinational insurance provider which has given him a deeper ability to assess risk and compliance.


Examples of experience include advising:
  • ScottishPower Renewables on hearings and submissions in the examination phase of a DCO for an offshore wind farm, including negotiating protective provisions and agreements with statutory undertakers together with addressing Crown Land issues
  • Reading Borough Council on the promotion and implementation of a CPO, together with related highway matters, for the delivery of a primary school academy
  • ESB International on the post-consent strategy and  planning agreements for the Knottingley Power Plant Development Consent Order including negotiating highway agreements
  • Countryside Properties and their collaboration with local councils in relation to planning and appropriation advice
  • Sparsholt College regarding planning obligations for an Anaerobic Digestion facility  
  • Major retailers and distributors for cases in the Lands Tribunal of England & Wales regarding disputed compulsory purchase compensation as a result of disruption from the London 2012 Olympic Games 
  • St Monica Trust on section 106 obligations, planning appeals and call-in public inquiries
  • Ambition Lawrence Weston Community Group with the pre-planning application process in their bid to build an onshore community windfarm, including working with the council to allocate the green belt site as suitable for wind energy in the development plan in order to unlock development value
  • Various landowners and developers on developing sites of strategic importance and the associated planning agreements, including: the former Nestle ("Cocoa Works") factory in York; a 1,500 home mixed use scheme on greenfield land in Perrybrook, Brockworth; and parcels of land as part of a new neighbourhood with up to 4,775 new dwellings and various other infrastructure (Cribbs Causeway Patchway New Neighbourhood).