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Thomas Ewings

Associate

Biography

Thomas is an Associate in the Planning team, specialising in major infrastructure and housing development. He acts primarily for scheme promoters, local authorities and statutory undertakers.

Thomas has advised on large infrastructure schemes promoted under the Planning Act 2008 as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs). His experience includes acting for public sector promoters of rail and highway schemes, for private sector offshore wind promoters, and advising a group of local planning authorities in relation to their ongoing role as discharging authorities under a nuclear energy NSIP.

In addition, Thomas maintains a broad planning practice, advising on a range of planning and highways matters for both developers and local authorities.

Prior to taking up legal practice Thomas was a transport consultant. He continues to specialise in highways and transport issues and utilises his background to work effectively alongside clients' in-house and external transport advisers on housing and regeneration projects.

Thomas has been recognised in the Legal 500 guide as a "highly recommended" lawyer. He regularly writes articles on planning topics for publication, including for the RTPI's 'The Planner' magazine, Lawyers in Local Government, and University Business magazine. Thomas also enjoys delivering training including legal updates to local authority practitioners.

Relevant experience

  • Local authority scheme promoter:  advising on an application for development consent (NSIP) for a new rail branch line.
  • Private highway scheme promoter:  advising during the examination of a new road scheme in Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire.
  • Public sector housing promoter:  advising on public rights of way and the planning strategy for a 500+ dwelling scheme.
  • Local planning authorities:  acting for the councils as consenting authorities under a nuclear energy NSIP in respect of mitigation of highway impacts.
  • Private renewable energy developer:  promoting two offshore wind farm schemes.