Iain Johnston_ Planning & Environmental Consultant

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

What I do_

I have extensive experience as a specialist planning and environmental lawyer. I have worked with a number of regional heavy weight law firms in the North West and Midlands. I have provided strategic and practical planning and environmental advice to developers, national house builders, land owners, 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.

Typical areas I deal with are:

  • 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
  • Environmental Permitting and enforcement regime
  • Waste Management
  • Water Pollution
  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including representations to the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Village Greens – acting for developers and land owners, including Non -Statutory Inquiries.
  • High Speed Rail (HS2)

Recent matters I have dealt with are;

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 house builders in the North West 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.)
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