Town Planning

Richard joined Rapleys as a Partner in 2020 to build a planning team in Cambridge. He works for both private clients and local authorities, securing planning permission for key growth and infrastructure projects. Richard’s projects are usually of a residential, care, office or industrial nature.

Richard undertakes a broad range of planning application and appeal work but has a particular focus on public inquiries, Examinations in Public (EiPs), environmental impact assessment, green belt cases and sustainable urban extensions. He also has extensive experience of planning enforcement matters and regularising unlawful development.

Richard is known for his inquiring and methodical approach. He is often involved from the earliest stages of a project in which he establishes the key project drivers and objectives and investigates and advises on the chosen site’s planning potential. Where potential is identified Richard devises the best strategy for realising it and ensures the effective implementation of that strategy.