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Ashfords LLP

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Real Estate




David is a Partner in the Real Estate Team, specialising in planning (contentious or non-contentious), compulsory purchase and public law.

David advises private sector developers, landowners, government bodies and public authorities. He is frequently instructed in relation to, in particular, residential development but also infrastructure, commercial projects and mixed use regeneration schemes. David advises on the full range of planning issues that may arise in bringing forward development. Such matters include planning obligations and the community infrastructure levy, judicial review and statutory challenges, development strategy and amendments to planning permissions, highways and public rights, compulsory purchase and compensation, town and village greens and environmental impact assessment. He also advises clients in relation to planning policy.

Prior to joining Ashfords, David worked in a planning practice in London, and has spent time on secondment to a development corporation during which time he assisted the corporation in promoting development in its area.

David is recognised as a leading figure in the planning field by the Legal 500, and in the nationwide top 50 list of planning lawyers in Planning Magazine’s guide to Planning Lawyers 2014.


  • Private sector housebuilder: Advising in relation to a judicial review claim brought against a permission secured by our client for residential development and related works, including through the leave stage of judicial review through to full trial working alongside Counsel appointed from a leading set of planning chambers.
  • Private sector developer: Advising a property developer client in relation to a planning appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a high value scheme, including submitting and running the appeal and overseeing the preparation of evidence for the public inquiry. Resisting an application to nominate existing buildings as an asset of community value (ACV).
  • Knightstone Housing: Assisting Knightstone in relation to the stopping up of highway running through a site being acquired for development, using the powers contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and running that process alongside the application for planning permission as permitted by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.
  • Advising the Council on the use of powers of compulsory purchase to facilitate a major mixed use town centre scheme, and the related development agreement provisions, and the negotiation of the section 106 agreement for the scheme to secure related infrastructure provision.
  • Barratt Homes: Advising Barratt in relation to a Section 106 Agreement and related Section 278 Highways Agreement for their residential scheme in Falmouth.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Planning

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David RichardsonAshfords LLP

Ashfords LLP has an established planning team based in Exeter and Bristol, whose expertise spans the housebuilder sector and advising public sector clients. Compulsory purchase orders, contentious planning matters, and coastal developments form part of the firm’s advisory offering. ‘Standout partner’ David Richardson is the practice lead, and focuses on residential and mixed use developments, community infrastructure levies, as well as CPOs and compensation work. Coastal and marine specialist Lara Moore, who was promoted to partner in September 2021, and legal director Duncan Moors are further key contacts. Stephen Humphreys joined the team in October 2021 as legal director from a previous position at Burges Salmon LLP.