Iain Johnston Planning and Environmental Consultant

I have extensive experience as a specialist planning and environmental lawyer. I have worked with a number of regional heavyweight law firms in the northwest and midlands. I have provided strategic and practical planning and environmental advice to developers, national housebuilders, landowners, local authorities, education organisations, waste and mineral companies and the energy sector.

I have a specialism in High Speed Rail (HS2) advising landowners and businesses affected by the infrastructure project providing strategic compulsory purchase advice.

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Typical areas I deal with are:

  • High Speed Rail (HS2)
  • Planning applications/planning appeals and call-ins
  • High Court challenges and judicial review
  • Drafting and negotiation of detailed S106 Agreements and other infrastructure agreements
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Environmental impact assessments and the Habitats Directive
  • Enforcement regime and enforcement appeals
  • Highways including road/footpath closure orders and diversions under the Highways Act 1980
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation – Lands tribunal and CPO inquiries
  • Transport and Works Act orders – acting for promoters and objectors
  • Contaminated land/water pollution/waste management
  • Environmental permitting and enforcement regime
  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including representations to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Village greens – acting for developers and landowners, including non-statutory inquiries

I have recently acted for clients in relation to:

  • Acting for a developer of a large urban expansion of Truro in Cornwall involving 1500 housing unit, a new school, including retail, employment and a new strategic highway
  • Acting for a leading midlands university on a planning application covering a 10-year master plan involving detailed drafting and negotiation of a s106 Agreement
  • Acting for the port authority in Liverpool providing specialist planning and environmental advice on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and permitted development rights on the development of two bio-mass terminals in the port
  • Acting for a number of national housebuilders in the northwest and midlands, including the drafting and negotiation of s106 Agreements
  • Acting for a commercial landowner severally affected by a Transport & Works Act Order on a development site to the south of Leeds Station
  • Acting for two companies / landowners with significant sites affected by HS2 at Euston Station, London and Piccadilly Station, Manchester.
  • Acting for a leading North West university in securing the first university planning permission for a wind farm in the UK.
  • Acting for an American company acquiring a titanium smelting plant in the UK involving detailed negotiations on environmental liabilities.


  • Consultant, Beswicks Legal planning and environmental team
  • Member of the Law Society Planning Panel
  • Legal Associate of the RTPI
  • Member of the Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Member of UKELA (United Kingdom Environmental Lawyers Association)


What other say about me:

‘highly active advising landowners and businesses on compulsory purchase issues arising from the High Speed Rail scheme.’ Legal 500 2017

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