Richard’s expertise includes major infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), highways and town and country planning. Building on his many years of advising on infrastructure projects and compulsory purchase,
Richard has acted on promoting six DCO projects. These include linear infrastructure projects, offshore wind farms and onshore generating stations.
Richard has drafted petitions to Select Committee for major private companies and public corporations affected by Crossrail and HS2.
He is a former chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association and headed the reform group of that Association. As part of his activities he frequently meets HM Treasury, Department for Communities and Local Government and other statutory or parties promoting land assembly. He regularly lectures on compulsory purchase law. He holds CEDR's mediation accreditation.
Examples of experience include advising:
- The MetroWest Authorities promoting the DCO to reopen the Bristol to Portishead Railway. He is the lead project legal advisor.
- A national rail infrastructure provider in successfully promoting an Order under the Planning Act 2008 for a rail scheme. He advised on the Planning Act 2008 procedure, drafting orders and supporting documentation, consultation processes and risk mapping. He represented the client at hearings considering the Order
- The promoters of the Rampion and Navitus Bay DCOs for offshore wind schemes promoted off the south Coast of England
- Securing a DCO for promoter of a biomass power station proposal (100MW) on the DCO application process, including advocacy at hearings
- DONG Burbo Extension (UK) Limited and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited on Electricity Act CPOs for onshore assets for proposed offshore wind farm schemes
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