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Josh Risso-Gill

Josh Risso-Gill


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

Josh has more than 25 years’ experience specialising in planning, highway, compulsory purchase and listed building issues. Josh is ranked as a leading planning lawyer in the legal Directories, Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer and in the Planning Magazine Survey.

He gives strategic advice on appeals, inquiries and the judicial review of planning and development-related decisions on complex and high-profile schemes and writes legal opinions.

Josh acts for clients across the development sector, including funds, banks, investors, retailers, leisure operators and planning authorities. He has particular expertise on large scale, mixed use regeneration and infrastructure projects in urban centers. He has negotiated complex S106 planning, highways and infrastructure agreements for massive regeneration developments in Maidenhead, Merchant Square, Paddington, NOMA, Manchester, Pilgrim Quarter, Newcastle and Cambridgeshire. 

Josh is currently advising on several high-profile office and mixed-use schemes, tall office developments in the City and student / co-living tower blocks across South London. He has particular experience in the student accommodation, hotel and leisure and alternative residential sectors eg BTR and pioneering co-living schemes in Bristol and Exeter. He is known for his expertise in listed building and heritage issues.

Josh’s clients include Land Securities, Google, M&G RE, Great Portland Estates, DTZi, Colombia Threadneedle, Motcomb Estates, Frogmore RE, Threadneedle, British Steel and BBC Pension Funds, The Portman Estate, Urbanest, Aberdeen Asset Management, Beltane, JM Land, Curlew, Blackrock, Hermes, Summix.

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"Josh Risso-Gill is one of the most impressive planning lawyers in the UK"

Legal 500, 2020

"He knows what he is doing and great to get along with"

Chambers and Partners

"Risso-Gill is rapidly making a name for himself in redevelopment work"

Chambers and Partners

"We get a fabulous service from Josh and his team. He is pragmatic and he's done lots of big consents, which is very helpful. He guides us through to a positive conclusion"

Chambers and Partners

Josh Risso-Gill handles significant City of London development projects and has a growing reputation with handling complex schemes involving heritage issues.

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • City of London: 120 Fenchurch St (Generali). 65 Fleet St (JM Land). 1 Millennium Bridge House (Beltane). 12/14 New Fetter Lane (GPE). Vine St (Urbanest City). 100 Bishopsgate.
  • Student: Urbanest (Lambeth, Battersea). Summix (Bath, York, Bournemouth).
  • Land Securities: Selly Oak, Birmingham’s key strategic mixed-use, out-of-center regeneration.
  • Taras Properties: Newcastle’s largest office-led, regeneration at Pilgrim Quarter.
  • London Oxford Airport: new helicopter facilities and flights.
  • Strategic Land: Chelmsford Garden Village, Essex (Threadneedle). Cambridgeshire: NW Bio (Sawston), British Steel (Chatteris).
  • Motcomb’s Mayfair estate: restoration of the Grade I listed former "In & Out" Club 90-95 Piccadilly for residential, restaurant and hotel uses. Carrington St and 100 Piccadilly residential schemes.
  • Co-living: Bristol’s first scheme (Summix). Exeter’s first scheme (Curlew). DTZi’s COLIV fund.
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  • LL.B (Hons) Bristol University
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  • City of London Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee
  • Planning Surveyors Club
  • Trustee of the Fertile Roots Foundation fertileroots.org: sustainable development though permaculture
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Lectures list

  • Josh presents regularly to clients on planning and development consent-related subjects such as the Community Infrastructure Levy, Use Classes Order and planning system reform.
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12 January 2021
Con­sulta­tion on Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment (“PD”) rights to change from Class...
The Gov­ern­ment is con­sult­ing on the in­tro­duc­tion of a new PD right to al­low the change of use from com­mer­cial, busi­ness and ser­vice uses (Class E) to res­id­en­tial uses (Class C3) in Eng­land. The con­sulta­tion...
20 November 2020
High Court dis­misses chal­lenge to Gov­ern­ment’s per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment and...
On Tues­day, 17th Novem­ber, the ju­di­cial re­view of the Gov­ern­ment’s changes to the use classes or­der and new per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights was dis­missed. The High Court ruled that the changes had been...
18 November 2020
An up­hill struggle? Drop-in plan­ning per­mis­sions and in­com­pat­ib­il­ity fol­low­ing...
The re­cent Court of Ap­peal case of Hill­side Parks Ltd v Snow­do­nia Na­tion­al Park Au­thor­ity (2020) is the latest in a series of re­cent plan­ning law cases in­clud­ing Lam­beth v Sec­ret­ary of State for Hous­ing...
24 July 2020
Build, Build, Build – New Use Classes and Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment Rights
The Gov­ern­ment has pub­lished le­gis­la­tion to bring sweep­ing changes to the Use Class Or­der (UCO) [1]  by cre­at­ing two new classes of per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment (PD) rights. From 1 Septem­ber 2020 ex­ist­ing build­ings...
24 June 2020
Gov­ern­ment an­nounces auto­mat­ic ex­ten­sion of plan­ning per­mis­sions- coronavir­us
The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce meas­ures to ex­tend plan­ning per­mis­sions which were due to ex­pire this year. Plan­ning per­mis­sions typ­ic­ally “lapse” if they are not im­ple­men­ted with­in...
11 June 2020
Tem­por­ary changes to con­sulta­tion re­quire­ments for plan­ning ap­plic­a­tions...
The Town and Coun­try Plan­ning (De­vel­op­ment Man­age­ment Pro­ced­ure, Lis­ted Build­ings and En­vir­on­ment­al Im­pact As­sess­ment) (Eng­land) (Coronavir­us) (Amend­ment) Reg­u­la­tions 2020 have come in­to force. These...
11 June 2020
In­spect­ors can now ‘go be­hind’ list­ings in lis­ted build­ing ap­peals, the...
On 20 May 2020, the Su­preme Court ruled in Dill v SHCLG and an­oth­er [2020] UK­SC 20 that a plan­ning in­spect­or, in con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal un­der ss20 or 39 of the Plan­ning (Lis­ted Build­ings and Con­ser­va­tion...
04 June 2020
West­ferry Print­works – Get­ting pur­chases con­di­tion­al on plan­ning right
In May, the High Court quashed hous­ing sec­ret­ary Robert Jen­rick’s con­tro­ver­sial de­cision to grant con­sent for the 1,524-home West­ferry Print­works pro­pos­al in Lon­don's Dock­lands. This has re­ceived at­ten­tion...
13 May 2020
Cov­id-19 up­date on Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy
Cor­rect as of 2:00pm on 13 May 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. Today the gov­ern­ment has is­sued guid­ance which gives char­ging au­thor­it­ies some flex­ib­il­ity in how CIL will be charged dur­ing...
27 March 2020
Pro­gress­ing de­vel­op­ments in the shad­ow of COV­ID-19 – Deemed Dis­charge No­tices
As loc­al au­thor­it­ies (“LPAs”) seek to deal with COV­ID-19, their ca­pa­city to ap­prove plan­ning con­di­tions ne­ces­sary to bring for­ward de­vel­op­ment may be re­duced. In­stead of form­al ap­prov­al, de­velopers...
04 September 2019
CIL Reg­u­la­tions: Round 8 of changes adds fur­ther stick­ing plasters
On 1 Septem­ber 2019, the eighth round of amend­ments to the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy ("CIL") Reg­u­la­tions 2010 came in­to force. Some of the changes will be wel­comed by de­velopers, in­clud­ing the soften­ing...
12 August 2019
Lon­don Bor­ough of Lam­beth v Sec­ret­ary of State
Savills Com­mer­cial View  Plan­ning per­mis­sions for re­tail de­vel­op­ment have a long his­tory of be­ing gran­ted sub­ject to con­di­tions that lim­it the ex­tent of the re­tail uses that would per­mit­ted.  Such con­di­tions...