David Richardson



David is a Partner and Head of the Planning team, specialising in planning (contentious or non-contentious), compulsory purchase and public law.

David advises private sector developers, landowners, government bodies and public authorities. He is frequently instructed in relation to, in particular, compulsory purchase, and residential development but also infrastructure, commercial projects and mixed use regeneration schemes. David advises on the full range of planning issues that may arise in bringing forward development. Such matters include planning obligations and the community infrastructure levy, judicial review and statutory challenges, development strategy and amendments to planning permissions, highways and public rights, compulsory purchase and compensation, town and village greens and environmental impact assessment. He also advises clients in relation to planning policy.

Prior to joining Ashfords, David worked in a planning practice in London, and has spent time on secondment to a development corporation during which time he assisted the corporation in promoting development in its area.

David is recognised as a leading figure in the planning field by the Legal 500, and in the nationwide top 50 list of planning lawyers in Planning Magazine’s guide to Planning Lawyers 2014.

Relevant experience

  • Private sector housebuilder: Advising in relation to a judicial review claim brought against a permission secured by our client for residential development and related works, including through the leave stage of judicial review through to full trial working alongside Counsel appointed from a leading set of planning chambers.
  • Local authority: Promoting compulsory purchase orders and land acquisition to facilitate the delivery of multi user trails to provide improved routes and linkages.
  • Private Developer: Advising in relation to the impact of the Thames Tideway Tunnel development consent order, which included making representations regarding the consultation exercise undertaken and the impact of the tunnel on the client’s future development plans. We negotiated a compromise agreement in the shadow of the DCO process to govern development aspirations of each party.
  • Private sector developer: Advising a property developer client in relation to a planning appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a high value commercial scheme, including submitting and running the appeal and overseeing the preparation of evidence for the public inquiry.
  • Various national housebuilders: Advising national and regional housebuilders on the planning aspects of their developments, including drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements, amendments to planning permissions, infrastructure agreements, and the community infrastructure levy.