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Robert Garden

Senior Associate

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

Robert is a Senior Associate in CMS’s planning team in London, with a specialism in energy and infrastructure projects. Robert joined CMS in 2010 and trained with the firm. Robert has particular experience in consenting offshore energy projects, and has a particular specialism in the promotion of Development Consent Orders (DCOs) and compulsory purchase orders (CPOs). 

Robert also provides strategic advice throughout the development process, including obtaining and optimising consents, and has a depth of experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA) and habitats regulation assessment (HRA). Robert also specialises in the delivery of major residential development, including the remediation and delivery of surplus land sites.

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Relevant experience

  • SSE and Equinor on the consenting of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 2.4GW Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B offshore wind farms and the 1.2GW Dogger Bank C offshore wind farm.
  • National Grid Electricity Transmission plc on successfully securing its first DCO, a 400kV overhead electricity line to connect a 981MW power station to the electricity network. 
  • National Grid IFA2 Limited on the promotion of a 1GW electricity interconnector between the French and British transmission systems. 
  • Greenlink Transmission Pembroke Limited on the planning and CPO for a 500MW electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales.
  • Frontier Power and Meridiam on the planning for a 1GW electricity interconnector between England and Germany.
  • Heathrow West Limited on the promotion of a DCO for its Heathrow West terminal and associated alterations to the M25 and local roads as part of Heathrow expansion.
  • SSE on the promotion of its Thatcham to Ashford Hill CPO.
  • National Grid and SGN on the decommissioning, remediation, demolition and redevelopment of a number of gasholder sites, including attendance at a public inquiry into the continuation of a hazardous substances consent.
  • Meadow Partners on the successful six-day planning inquiry for its 319 residential unit scheme comprising a 30 storey and 26 storey tower in London’s Docklands.
  • Berkeley Homes on a number of central London residential developments including Battersea Park East, Vista and West End Gate.
  • Taylor Wimpey  on a number of central London residential developments including the Music Box in Southward, Onyx in Camden and Battersea Exchange.
  • National Grid Property  on a number of residential developments including at Battersea, Fulham and Hornsey (schemes totalling greater than 4,000 units).
  • Value Retail plc on the planning for major expansion at Bicester Village.
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  • 2010 - LPC (Distinction), College of Law, Guildford
  • 2009 – LLB (Hons), University of Exeter, Exeter
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