Douglas is a solicitor in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase team and specialises in matters relating to the consenting of major infrastructure projects, highways projects, compulsory purchase orders and due diligence across a number of sectors including renewable energy, nuclear, water and highways.

Douglas works predominantly on the promotion of development acting for local planning authorities, private and public developers working specifically on the promotion of nationally significant infrastructure projects in the highways and renewable energy sectors from initial strategic advice through to examination including advising on environmental impact assessment requirements. 

More widely, Douglas regularly acts for landowners and developers in drafting and negotiating planning and highways agreements including s.106 and 278 agreements, often for renewable energy projects.

Douglas also regularly acts in the acquisition and disposal of energy, mixed use, and eco-tourism developments, advising on a broad spectrum of planning matters.

Douglas has a focus in Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and regularly speaks at conferences and provides training and advice for developers and local planning authorities in relation to this key emerging area. 

  • Acting for National Highways on a number of projects including the promotion of the M3 Junction 9 nationally significant infrastructure project.
  • Acting for private promotors of other nationally significant infrastructure projects such as the Hynet Carbon Dioxide Pipeline and Morgan, Mona and Morecambe offshore wind farms.
  • Acting for acquiring authorities in the promotion of compulsory purchase orders, including advising on compulsory purchase compensation for North Somerset Council on the Banwell Bypass, or the Environment Agency on the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Providing consenting and strategic advice for Affinity Water and Severn Trent Water regarding the Grand Union Canal Transfer project.
  • Providing planning and environmental impact advice for TCPA schemes including the Brabazon re-development scheme at Filton Airfield in South Gloucestershire.