Graham Cridland



Graham is a Partner and Head of the Planning Team. He is particularly well known for acting for landowner and developer clients on large residential schemes.

He advises both public and private sector clients and has developed a practise in acting for national and regional residential house builders.

Graham spent ten years working in local government, most notably for Exeter City Council.


Relevant experience

  • Landowner: Acting for a landowner on the development of an urban extension in Plymouth. The work included advising and settling a complicated Section 106 Agreement, consideration and negotiation of planning conditions and advising in connection with Community Infrastructure Levy.
  • Residential developer: Acting for a residential developer for a large development on the outskirts of Truro. The application was refused by the council, and counsel was instructed to deal with the appeal. Graham worked with a large team of professionals to obtain planning permission for the client, including the negotiation and settling of a Section 106 Agreement including multi-million pound financial contributions.
  • Private individual: Advising on a planning appeal on behalf of the owner of a Grade II listed building in the Fowey area of Cornwall. A neighbouring farmer applied for planning permission for two 20KW wind turbines on adjoining land. The siting of the turbines was within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the vicinity of listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Initially, the permission was refused by the local authority but later granted on appeal by an inspector. The appeal decision was judicially reviewed and subsequently quashed.
  • National housebuilder: Acting for a national housebuilder on a scheme for 1350 dwellings involving a new school, highways, SANGS, a community building as well as CIL.
  • Regional housebuilder: Advising on a 100+  housing site situated within the vicinity of a listed church. Planning permission had been refused on appeal. The subsequent application was also refused but granted on appeal despite opposition from Heritage England and the local planning authority.
He has great enthusiasm for sorting out the planning law issues and provides great solutions for planning problems.

Chambers 2019