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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
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19 Mar 20
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04 Sep 19
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02 Aug 19
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