Martin Evans

Martin Evans


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Martin Evans is a Partner and the Head of our Planning Team. He has a 28 year track record of advising on all aspects of planning law including strategic advice on regeneration projects, local development frameworks, neighbourhood development planning, environmental assessment, outline and full applications, judicial review, simplified planning zones, local development orders, community infrastructure levy, compulsory purchase, complex planning and highways agreements, highways and other orders, appeals, called-in applications, public inquiries and examinations in public.

Martin’s clients include the UK's major development and property investment companies, local authorities, Government agencies, sports and leisure developers, retailers, housebuilders, warehouse clubs, education providers and infrastructure companies.

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“Martin Evans is a seasoned planning expert with extensive knowledge of high-value urban regeneration projects. He has worked on a number of significant London schemes. Sources describe him “as a really good planning lawyer, with the ability to lead clients through complex issues on difficult schemes in a calm and undramatic way”

Chambers and Partners 2017

"Extremely knowledgeable and very much results-driven, with a great ability to understand what we want and then make the process work for us. He has an uncanny ability to tease out what the issues are and make sure we are covered"

Chambers and Partners 2015

"Particularly skilled at challenging assumptions made by the local authority, without being confrontational, to secure the best outcome"

Chambers and Partners 2014

Relevant experience

  • Hammerson and Standard Life on the Brent Cross/Cricklewood regeneration scheme, London’s largest private sector urban regeneration project.
  • Project Blue Limited, acting for the developers of the Chelsea Barracks site in London. This will be the UK’s most valuable residential scheme.
  • SEGRO on its application for permission for 1.3m square feet of office development at the Slough Trading Estate and on other major commercial development schemes including East Plus.
  • Onslow (Suffolk) Limited on successfully securing permission from the Secretary of State for the Snoasis winter sports leisure scheme near Ipswich.
  • Long Port Group on major new housing proposals at Wigan, Telford and Dawlish and on the Guernsey Data Park. Advice and appearance at the first Examination in Public into a Neighbourhood Development Plan in the UK.
  • Costco on its warehouse club development portfolio in England and Wales.
  • Hammerson on securing planning permission for major city centre mixed use regeneration schemes for Victoria Gate in Leeds and Sevenstone in Sheffield and on its 60 Threadneedle and 125 Old Broad Street office schemes in the City of London.
  • The Spitalfields Development Group on securing permission for the Bishops Square mixed use scheme in the City on the site of the former western part of Spitalfields Market.
  • McArthur Glen on securing planning permission for a major extension to the Ashford Designer Outlet Centre.
  • AREA on the “Round” masterplan for Telford Town Centre.
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  • 1986 – LLB Southampton University
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20 March 2019
Glob­al Plan­ning/ Zon­ing/ Con­sent­ing Group
Know your CIL Pro­ced­ure - High Court says there is no wriggle room
Sum­mary The High Court de­cision in Shrop­shire Coun­cil v Sec­ret­ary of State for the Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment [2019] EWHC 16 (Ad­min) con­firms that the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy Reg­u­la­tions 2010 (the “CIL Reg­u­la­tions”) will be in­ter­preted strictly.
23 May 2018
CMS Plan­ning Group
The fu­ture of liv­ing
No Con­fid­ence in Coun­cil’s Hous­ing Sup­ply: En­cour­age­ment for De­velopers...
The Plan­ning In­spect­or­ate has al­lowed an ap­peal against the de­cision of Mid Suf­folk Dis­trict Coun­cil (the “Coun­cil”) to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for 49 new dwell­ings in Wool­pit, Suf­folk. The de­cision is a sig­ni­fic­ant one as it is the first to con­sider the.
2 March 2018
CMS Plan­ning Group
Struc­tur­ing and Fu­ture-Proof­ing Com­plex Mixed-Use De­vel­op­ments
New powers to cre­ate loc­ally-led garden towns and cit­ies
Garden vil­lages, towns and cit­ies have been seen by the Gov­ern­ment as a way of ad­dress­ing the hous­ing short­age for a num­ber of years. By the end of 2018, the Gov­ern­ment pro­poses to im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions for the cre­ation of over­sight au­thor­it­ies (made up of.
New Rules for Pre-Com­mence­ment Con­di­tions
In a move de­signed to re­duce delays to com­mence­ment of de­vel­op­ment, from 1 Oc­to­ber 2018 plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of land in Eng­land can­not be gran­ted or mod­i­fied sub­ject to pre-com­mence­ment con­di­tions without the writ­ten agree­ment of the ap­plic­ant,.
High Court ex­am­ines the pur­chase price of land and im­pact on af­ford­able...
In a case that could im­pact sig­ni­fic­antly on hous­ing de­velopers, both in terms of site ac­quis­i­tion and de­vel­op­ment vi­ab­il­ity, on 27 April 2018 the High Court up­held the Lon­don Bor­ough of Is­ling­ton’s (“LBI”) de­cision to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for de­veloper.
SIT up and pay up: the Gov­ern­ment's pro­posed changes to CIL
Last week, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on pro­posed changes to the cur­rent sys­tem of de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions (‘Sup­port­ing hous­ing de­liv­ery through de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions’ 5 March 2018) in­clud­ing to the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy (“CIL”).
Will Lease­hold Re­form Im­pact on De­liv­ery of Af­ford­able Hous­ing?
In Decem­ber 2017 Com­munit­ies Sec­ret­ary Sajid Javid an­nounced that le­gis­la­tion will be pro­moted to: ban lease­hold for al­most all new houses; zero rate ground rent on new long leases; make it easi­er for ex­ist­ing lease­hold­ers to buy-out their free­hold;.
Hous­ing De­liv­ery and the Budget
Against a long-stand­ing back­ground of a fail­ure in Eng­land to de­liv­er suf­fi­cient new homes, Philip Ham­mond sought in his budget to pave the way for a bright­er fu­ture with a wide-ran­ging series of meas­ures.
New rights to con­vert light in­dus­tri­al build­ings to res­id­en­tial
Cre­at­ing more hous­ing re­mains Gov­ern­ment’s top pri­or­ity. To en­cour­age this from 1 Oc­to­ber 2017, a new per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment right al­lows con­ver­sion of light in­dus­tri­al (class B1(c)) to res­id­en­tial (class C3) without plan­ning per­mis­sion.