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Robert Garden

Robert Garden

Senior Associate

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CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
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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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26 June 2020
Con­sent­ing and Real Es­tate Con­sid­er­a­tions for De­vel­op­ing Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects
Con­sent­ing and Real Es­tate Con­sid­er­a­tions for De­vel­op­ing Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects pub­lic­a­tion from CMS. Find out more.
04 June 2020
High Court quashes screen­ing dir­ec­tion which re­lied on as­sump­tions about...
Sum­mary In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Swire) v Sec­ret­ary of State for Hous­ing, Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment [2020] EWHC 1298 (Ad­min), the High Court con­sidered what the cor­rect ap­proach to EIA screen­ing...
17 June 2020
Power Up - Vary­ing, Op­tim­ising and Re­power­ing Re­new­ables Pro­jects
Power-up - Vary­ing, Op­tim­ising and Re­power­ing Re­new­ables Pro­jects En­ergy & Cli­mate Change pub­lic­a­tion from CMS. Find out more.
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...
27 May 2020
High Court dis­misses chal­lenge to Drax Power Sta­tion DCO
Sum­mary The High Court has dis­missed Cli­ent Earth’s leg­al chal­lenge to the Sec­ret­ary of State’s de­cision to grant de­vel­op­ment con­sent for the con­struc­tion of new gas-fired units at the Drax Power...
20 May 2020
En­vir­on­ment­al Chal­lenge to The Gov­ern­ment’s En­ergy Na­tion­al Policy State­ments
A leg­al chal­lenge to the Sec­ret­ary of State’s al­leged fail­ure to re­view the suite of en­ergy na­tion­al policy state­ments (En­ergy NPSs) has been is­sued by Dale Vince, George Mon­bi­ot and the Good Law Pro­ject...
14 May 2020
COV­ID-19: up­date to Com­puls­ory Pur­chase Guid­ance
The Gov­ern­ment has now re­cog­nised that the stat­utory pro­cess for mak­ing and con­firm­ing a CPO un­der the Ac­quis­i­tion of Land Act 1981 (the 1981 Act) has sev­er­al re­quire­ments which are more chal­len­ging to...
14 April 2020
Al­tern­at­ive sur­vey­ing powers for pro­moters of DCOs
Sum­mary The High Court handed down its judg­ment in Sawkill v High­ways Eng­land Com­pany Lim­ited and the Na­tion­al Trust [2020] EWHC 801 (Ad­min) on 3 April. The case con­cerned the ex­er­cise of stat­utory powers...
25 March 2020
COV­ID-19: Off­shore Wind Leas­ing Rounds Re­act
Cor­rect as of 9:15 on 25 March 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. The Crown Es­tate and Crown Es­tate Scot­land have pub­lished guid­ance re­gard­ing the on­go­ing COV­ID-19 situ­ation and re­it­er­at­ing their...
03 December 2019
A re­mind­er that plan­ning per­mis­sion may not be bought!
In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Wright) v Re­si­li­ent En­ergy Severndale Ltd and Forest Dean Dis­trict Coun­cil, the Su­preme Court has con­firmed that the ma­ter­i­al­ity of a con­sid­er­a­tion in a plan­ning de­cision will...
17 October 2019
Elec­tri­city stor­age: load­ing up for con­sent­ing clar­ity
The plan­ning sys­tem’s treat­ment of elec­tri­city stor­age and co-loc­a­tion is com­plex, in part be­cause the cur­rent plan­ning frame­work was de­vised without stor­age tech­no­lo­gies in mind. Whilst stor­age tech­no­lo­gies...
30 August 2019
Off­shore Wind Ex­ten­sion Round: sev­en pro­jects pro­gress through plan level...
The Crown Es­tate has con­firmed that sev­en off­shore wind ex­ten­sion pro­jects will pro­gress to the award of rights fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of its plan level Hab­it­ats Reg­u­la­tion As­sess­ment (HRA). The Crown...