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GL Hearn

Limited Company | www.glhearn.com

280 High Holborn

Telephone: 020 7851 4900
Fax: 020 7851 4910
Contact: Mr Alastair Crowdy

Other offices in: Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester

Email: info@glhearn.com

Website: www.glhearn.com


280 High Holborn

Telephone: 020 7851 4900
Fax: 020 7851 4910
Contact: Mr Alastair Crowdy

Email: info@glhearn.com


Vantage Point
Hardman Street
M3 3HF

Telephone: 0161 829 7800
Fax: 0161 829 7810
Contact: Mr Phil Robinson

Email: philip.robinson@glhearn.com


Queen Square House
18-21 Queen Square

Telephone: 0117 203 3300
Contact: Mr Tony Clements

Email: tony.clements@glhearn.com


16 Gordon Street
G1 3PT

Telephone: 0141 226 8200
Contact: Mr Steve McGavin

Email: steve.mcgavin@glhearn.com


145 Morrison Street

Telephone: 0131 603 8246
Contact: Mr Steve McGavin

Email: steve.mcgavin@glhearn.com

Mr Alastair Crowdy MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Alastair is a Main Board Director and National Head of Development Group. He specialises in strategic development projects throughout the UK. Alastair acts on behalf of both private and public sector clients, whom he advises on land-use strategies, regeneration and strategic planning.

Mr Tony Clements MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Tony has eighteen years’ experience as a professional planner with the last twelve years spent in consultancy. Tony is an experienced expert witness having acted on behalf of clients at major planning inquires and examinations in public. He specialises in providing advice to clients on all forms of residential development.

Mr Ian Shrubsall RICS  [ E-mail ]

A residential development and DCO infrastructure planning expert. Ian’s core skill is as a development planning expert, with 25 years’ experience. He is equally adept as a negotiator, in consultations, and as an Inquiry and Court Expert Witness. Ian has been an Expert Witness in 23 Inquiries and Hearings, and 6 High Court cases. Ian is one of the UK’s leading experts on infrastructure planning and DCO applications, having been the first planning consultant involved in the new system. Ian is also a leading aviation planning expert, including planning consents for new hangars, removing flight restrictions and expert witness in 2 Airport Appeal inquiries and a High Court Case, all of which were successful.

Ms Giulia Bunting BSc DipTP MSc MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Giulia joined GL Hearn as Planning Director and Main Board Director in January 2011. She is one of the UK’s leading planning consultants with over 30 years’ experience of influencing and delivering some of the UK's largest urban regeneration projects. Giulia sits on the British Property Federation’s Regeneration and Development Committee and is an elected member of the BCSC Advisory Panel and the New London Architecture Sounding Board. She has recently been asked to join the Government supported Distressed Retail Property Taskforce.

Mr Graeme Tulley BA (Hons) MSc (Econ) Dip TP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Graeme has 30 years’ experience in Planning, Development and Regeneration and is Head of Development and Regeneration at GL Hearn. Graeme is member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) and the British Property Federation’s regeneration and planning committees (BPF). He is past Chairman and Member of the Partnership for Rejuvenation of Maidenhead – a local area partnership of public and private sectors. He is a frequent public speaker and expert witness on planning, compulsory purchase, town centre and regeneration matters. Graeme’s specialist area is the planning, development and delivery of major mixed use town centre and area wide regeneration projects, where he is one of the UK’s leading advisors to both private and public sectors.

Mr Shaun Andrews BSc (Hons), DipUP, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Shaun heads up the specialist Investor & Developer Planning team. He has 20 years’ experience of advising both private and public sector clients on major projects throughout the UK and mainland Europe. The Investor & Developer Planning team is highly regarded and is dedicated to the specific needs of this section of the property industry. By integrating our full range of development enabling services, the team’s capability extends far beyond that of the traditional planning consultant.
GL Hearn have recently advised on almost half of the top 20 developers as ranked by Property Data (by turnover, 2010). Shaun and his team act for clients on a range of matters and specialise in three particular areas: London planning, Central area (or town centre) mixed use planning, and Retail planning. The team currently advises on over 3,000,000 sq ft of development in London alone.

Mr Ben Wrighton BA (Hons) DIP TRP PG Cert (Urban Design) MRTPI BCSC  [ E-mail ]

Ben is a Director in the Planning, Development and Regeneration function of the business, focusing on developer and investor clients. Ben’s work involves strategic development advice; planning policy appraisals and strategies; coordination of major planning applications; development / regeneration evaluation & strategy; town centre studies; environmental impact assessment; retail capacity and impact assessment; expert witness—planning inquires, planning obligation negotiation and CIL.

Mr James Cook BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

James provides planning advice on a range of development projects to clients in the private and public sector. He advises on matters including planning appraisals and strategy, policy formulation and submitting/progressing planning applications/appeals to determination. James is currently advising developers and investors on proposals in the retail, office and residential sectors as well as a number of mixed use developments.

Miss Jennie Bean BSc (Hons) RTPI  [ E-mail ]

Jennie plays a key role within the team at the London office and is responsible for major projects for blue-chip retailers and leading commercial developers. Jennie is the principal point of contact for clients with household names and has more recently advised large scale residential developments. She has appeared as an expert witness in both inquiries and hearings.

Mr Paul Manning BA HONS DIP TP MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Paul leads the Operator and Occupier Team which focuses on higher volume clients with a national mandate where standardised business is key. He has experience working for a diverse range of predominantly private sector clients.

Mr Nick Ireland BA (Hons) MTPI MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Nick specialises in housing, strategic planning and urban regeneration. His experience includes advising on strategic and spatial planning, planning for housing provision, infrastructure planning and advice on delivery and funding options for delivering masterplans and regeneration schemes.

Mr Nick Diment BSc (Hons) Estate management, MPhil Environmental Planning  [ E-mail ]

Nick advises on a wide range of planning and development consultancy related work, with a particular focus upon mixed use, retail and leisure development. He acts on behalf of a variety of private and public sector clients advising on retail led development strategies both in and out of town, formulation of planning strategies and policy advice, overseeing portfolio and asset management reviews, progressing redevelopment schemes and providing expert witness advice.

Mr Michael Lee-Wright BTP Southwark University (1981)  [ E-mail ]

Michael joined the Planning Department of GL Hearn in early 1994 to specialise in sensitive and complex development projects. He previously worked for four years in an environmental consultancy, coordinating Environmental teams and Environmental Assessments. His earlier experience has involved a wide range of policy generation and development planning for commercial and residential projects nationwide, as well as 12 years Local Authority work in both policy and implementation. Michael now leads our National Environmental Planning Service from the Group’s Bristol Office.

Mr Ben Stalham BSC (HONS) MSC MRICS RTPI  [ E-mail ]

Ben joined GL Hearn’s Planning & Development Team in June 2010 having been previously Associate Director in the Planning team at RPS. He specialises in infrastructure projects, heritage schemes and tall buildings.

Mr Stuart Baillie MA (Hons) Town Planning   [ E-mail ]

Stuart is a planning and development professional with more than 15 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors. He is a specialist in planning and regeneration and has led on variety of major development projects, regeneration strategies and site specific planning and development briefs. Stuart co-ordinates multi-disciplinary teams on strategic planning projects and complex planning applications across the UK. He is also an experienced public sector client side project coordinator on a variety of strategic advisory projects, masterplans and frameworks. Stuart has comprehensive knowledge of the planning system, regeneration funding mechanisms, stakeholder engagement and public consultation.

Mr Alex Christopher  BA (Hons) MA MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Alex joined GL Hearn in January 2014 and is Director within the Investor & Developer team where he advises on matters including planning appraisals, strategy and submitting and progressing planning applications and appeals to determination. Alex is currently advising on development proposals primarily in central London in the residential and commercial sectors with this including a number of large scale mixed use developments where he has gained a specialism in advising on tall buildings and heritage assets.


DEFRA - Consultancy Advice, Development Applications, Development Viabilities, Planning & Development


Business and Science Parks, Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises, Offices


Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, Urban Conservation

Countryside & Environment

Environmental Audits, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Statements, Strategic Environmental Appraisals


Masterplanning, Tall Buildings, Urban Design

Economic Development

Community Infrastructure Levy - Evidence Studies, Community Infrastructure Levy - Examination, Development Strategies, Economic Research, Feasibility Studies, Funding Advice, Funding Applications, Inward Investment, Marketing, Viability Assessment


City Centre Tall Buildings, Distribution and Warehousing, Impact Tests, Offices



Health Planning

BREEAM Assessments, Health Centres, Hospital, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Housing Design Layout, Housing Needs Studies, Light Issues, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing


Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Technological Industry, Utilities, Waste Disposal

Information Technology



Community Infrastructure Levy - Evidence Studies, Community Infrastructure Levy - Examination, Duty to Cooperate, Schools Planning


Appeals, Judicial Review, Land Tribunals, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Area Development Frameworks, Community Plans, Core Strategies, Development Briefs, Development Plan - Viability Assessments, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, Duty to Cooperate, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans, Planning Strategies, Statements of Community Involvement, Sub-regional Planning, Sustainability Appraisal, Sustainability Statements

Local Authority Services

Local Plan Making


Energy, Ports

Minerals & Waste

Oil & Gas Exploration, Waste Disposal

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Affordable Housing Viability, Expert Witness, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events, Public Participation, Schools / Community Buildings, Village Design Statements, Village/Town Appraisals

Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal, Solar Power


Environmental Impact Assessment, Feasibility Studies, Housing Needs Assessments, Land Availabiltiy Studies, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, Site Appraisals, Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Change of Use, Factory Outlet Centres, Impact Tests, Markets, Motorway Service Areas, Out of Town Sites, Retail Impact Studies, Shops, Supermarkets, Town Centre Management, Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure

Cinemas, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Health Clubs, Hotels, Public Houses, Restaurants, Stadiums


Airports, Ports, Railways

Urban Regeneration

Blight, Brownfield Sites, Compulsory Purchases, European Funding, Housing Estate Masterplans, Joint Venture Partnerships, PPP (Public & Private Partnerships), Waterfront Sites

Consultancy Profile

Countries operated in: Europe

United Kingdom

About GL Hearn

A specialist planning, development and regeneration consultancy

  • established at London Bridge in 1923
  • headquartered in High Holborn, London with offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Southampton and Cheltenham
  • part of Capita Real Estate

We help clients create, develop, protect and enhance property assets that shape our environment. All GL Hearn services are defined by insight, commerciality and technical expertise.

Our defining principles include:

  • understanding specific client goals and objectives
  • delivering first class service and value for money
  • applying our Combined Intelligence
  • local insight with extensive experience
  • deliverability is key

What we do

Planning, Development & Regeneration (PDR): Strategic Communications, Planning, Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO), Development Consultancy and Development Management, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Management, Land Assembly, Viability, Daylight & Sunlight and Affordable Housing.