Dan Matthewman Senior Associate T:01625 704129 M:07443 980392

A chartered town planner and associate legal executive.

Dan advises on planning matters, with an emphasis on contentious green belt proposals and developments in protected areas, housing schemes, waste and energy projects, large-scale agricultural and industrial initiatives and planning enforcement matters.  Drawing on over ten years’ experience, as a planning consultant in the private sector and in the public sector as a senior local authority planning officer, Dan guides clients through the planning process from inception of projects through to completion, advising on issues such as planning strategies, planning applications, permitted development, land promotion, development plan representations, certificates of lawfulness, environmental impact assessment and other regulatory requirements.  He has an excellent track record in dealing with planning appeals and in acting as an expert witness at public inquiries, in court proceedings and in applications for injunctions.

In addition to individual homeowners, commercial landowners, energy and waste developers; Dan’s clients also include, an institutional investment corporation; Gullivers Theme Parks; Brosters Environmental Ltd; East London Biogas; and Tyrers Coaches.

Recent examples of how Dan has helped clients include:

  • overcoming previous refusals to obtain planning permission on behalf of a property owner for a contemporary barn conversion in the Lancashire greenbelt;
  • enabling the expansion of several waste biogas energy and composting sites using little known powers in permitted development orders;
  • obtaining retrospective permission for a building supplies manufacturer by resolving objections from neighbours and the council’s environmental health officer in relation to noise; and
  • successfully defending a client against an enforcement notice and achieving retrospective planning permission for their development, including a substantial award of costs against the local council