BA (Hons) Geography.
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Planning.
Certificate in Management Studies.
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Over 29 years’ professional planning experience, of which 17 years was spent at 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 Planning 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 8 days.
- 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 landowners, 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, Leicestershire.
- 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 to 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 permission!
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 local opposition.
In January 2016, acting on behalf of Westleigh Partnerships, approval was granted for 56 houses on a brownfield site in South Wigston in Leicestershire.