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David Mathias

David Mathias



  • Real estate

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David is a specialist planning solicitor with over ten years' experience acting for a range of both public and private sector clients on all aspects of planning and related law.

David has particular expertise in advising on the assembly of sites for infrastructure and regeneration projects and has led multi-disciplinary teams of professionals through all stages of the planning and infrastructure consents process.

David's recent experience includes:

  • advising Nottinghamshire County Council in relation to the promotion of a compulsory purchase order and associated side roads order for a major highways scheme delivering a 3.8km road running adjacent to the village of Gedling, unlocking the redevelopment of the Gedling Colliery site to provide over 1,000 dwellings together with a variety of employment uses;
  • advising Walsall Council in relation to a major highway improvement scheme affecting Junction 10 of the M6. The £64.5 million scheme is being promoted by the Council in partnership with Highways England and required the making of two compulsory purchase orders, a side roads order and a special roads scheme in order to secure the land and necessary powers required to improve this heavily congested section of strategic highway;
  • advising Liverpool City Council on the development proposals for its £1.8 billion Paddington Village Scheme, delivering upwards of 1 million sq ft of new mixed-use floor space within the Knowledge Quarter in central Liverpool;
  • advising Cheshire East Council on the CPOs required to deliver £131 million of highways schemes including Sydney Road Bridge, Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the A500 Dualling Scheme; and
  • advising City of York Council on the promotion of a proposed compulsory purchase order for a £38 million project to improve York's Outer Ring Road.

David joined Shoosmiths in November 2019 after spending five years in Weightmans’ Manchester planning team. He trained and qualified at DLA Piper in Liverpool in 2010.

David is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.


BA Hons - English Literature - University of Liverpool
LLB - College of Law - Chester

Expansion of Permitted Development Rights – Some Important Changes to Note
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

Following the controversial consultation exercise that ran earlier this year the Permitted Development right authorising conversions from uses falling within Use Class E to residential uses will be added to the statute books this week. What is coming into force is significantly pared down from what was proposed in the consultation exercise and David Mathias sets out some of the headlines below. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc...

Freeports – Planning FAQs
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The designation of eight new Freeports within England made headlines in the Budget and now the winning bidders have to put into effect their successful proposals. What will this mean in practice for those areas affected and what are the likely issues that Freeport authorities will face? We have pulled together some questions we are asked frequently on Freeports, together with the responses we have been providing to our clients...

Bitesize: Freeports – Planning
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

To boost the economy post-Brexit the government is committed to establishing up to 10 freeports across the UK. In our latest freeport bitesize article, we look at some of the planning implications of which bidders and bid participants should be aware. Back in August 2019 the UK Government announced plans to create ten new freeports that would be free of “unnecessary checks and paperwork, and include customs and tax benefits”...

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