|Over 29 years professional planning experience, of which 17 years was
spent at for local authorities in the East and West Midlands in development
control and enforcement. His last public sector post was as Development
Control Manager at Harborough District Council between 2004 and 2006.
Prior to joining Landmark Planning, Lance was Planning Manager at David
Wilson Homes (East Midlands) for two years (2006–2008) where he was
responsible for securing planning permission for new housing developments,
negotiating Section 106 legal agreements, assessing development opportunities
and prosecuting planning appeals. Lance’s experience at Landmark has
included the following significant Experience in the planning appeals arena:
- September 2009 – acting as expert witness for Doncaster Metropolitan
Borough Council at a public inquiry relating to the construction of 900
dwellings on a greenfield site near Doncaster. The ‘call-in’ inquiry lasted
- June 2010 – obtaining planning permission for David Wilson Homes for 58
dwellings on an unallocated greenfield site at Hathern near Loughborough.
The decision to approve the scheme was predicated on the basis that the
local authority did not have the requisite five year supply of housing land.
- November 2012 – working on behalf of the land owners, Lance obtained
outline planning permission on appeal for up to 107 dwellings on a
greenfield site further residential sites in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire.
- March 2014 – approval was secured on appeal for up to 25 dwellings in
a village in Hinckley and Bosworth District.
- February 2017 – following a ‘Members overturn’, securing planning
permission for a contemporary housing scheme in Castle Donington,
- November 2017 – full planning permission was granted for the erection
of two individual buildings to create three new units and the change of
use of an existing office/store to Class B1, B2, B8 uses on a site near
Sutton Bonington in the Nottingham Green Belt. (17/00913/FUL).
In addition, Lance has worked in a number of emerging areas of planning
including affordable housing, waste related developments and energy
efficiency, together with planning policy work including Strategic Housing
Land Availability Assessments and submitting representations on Local
Development Documents in numerous Districts. Current areas where
we are promoting sites through the Local Plan include Melton, Oadby
and Nuneaton Boroughs.
Lance has been heavily involved in neighbourhood planning since its
inception. In addition to running a number of training courses for Parish
Councils and assisting Councils bring forward their own plans, he appeared
at the Broughton Astley Neighbourhood Plan examination in 2013, where he
successfully gained a large commercial development sites allocation.
It is not always the case that clients have to go to appeal to gain planning
In June 2014 Lance secured an approval for a residential scheme for up to
67 dwellings on the edge of Flore in Northamptonshire, despite significant
In January 2016, acting on behalf of Westleigh Partnerships, approval was
granted for 56 houses on a brownfield site in South Wigston in Leicestershire.