Head of Planning

Craig Blatchford

Blatchford is a partner and Head of Planning

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    Craig has consistently delivered results for clients ranging from large-scale mixed-use regeneration schemes, involving multi-disciplinary project team coordination, to smaller single-use projects. His particular expertise is in the out of town retail and leisure sector where he advises REITs, funds, property companies and retailers on over 5 million sqm of space. Craig also advises corporate clients on their property strategies.

    Craig has over 30 years of experience as a Chartered Town Planner advising on a wide range of planning and development projects, including retail and leisure, business space and infrastructure projects.

    Previous roles include Principal of Blue Sky Planning, which merged with Montagu Evans in 2015.

    Key Skills

    • Planning expertise on retail and leisure property
    • Out-of-town retail and leisure asset management and development
    • Due diligence advice on purchase and funding
    • Independent witness at planning inquiries and Land’s Tribunal
    • Developing stakeholder engagement strategies


    • The Crown Estate
    • Siemens
    • Aberdeen Standard Investments
    • British Land
    • John Lewis Partnership
    • LondonMetric Property
    • Orchard Street Investment Management
    • USS
    • Associated British Ports
    • M&G Real Estate

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