Josh, who has recently joined Osborne Clarke, specialises in planning and infrastructure matters. Prior to joining Osborne Clarke Josh advised clients on the delivery of infrastructure projects, Development Consent Orders (DCO), planning applications, compulsory acquisition matters, and infrastructure agreements. In particular, Josh regularly advised on consenting strategies and the submission of planning and DCO applications and has led energy clients through the various consenting phases for renewable energy schemes.
As well as acting for a number of high-profile energy and infrastructure clients, Josh also has strong experience in the Real Estate sector on strategic housing and development projects.
Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world
I have a particular enthusiasm for decarbonisation and helping to create a platform for clients to contribute to the net zero agenda.
As a result of balancing work at a local and national level - across the board of energy, infrastructure, and housing - I have had the opportunity to develop a well-rounded portfolio with exposure to a range of high-profile clients. This means that I have a working knowledge of the different policy positions and consenting regimes across these different sectors. Accordingly, I am poised to deliver commercial and pragmatic advice to enable a range of clients to succeed in tomorrow's world.
Offshore wind clients
on the promotion of offshore wind farm DCOs totalling over 3,600MW including advice on strategy and risk, project management, assisting at public hearings, meetings with stakeholders, and negotiating associated agreements. These schemes were also ground-breaking in bringing forward novel and new approaches to compensation measures under Article 6(4) of the Habitats Regulations Directive. Josh also led on the pre-commencement phase – including negotiating a Planning Performance Agreement with four LPAs, advice on discharge of requirements and permitted development rights, as well as the strategy connected to the Transfer of Benefit of the DCOs.
A local energy community group
with the pre-planning, and planning, application process in their successful application to build an onshore community wind scheme, including working with the council to allocate the green belt site as suitable for wind energy in the development plan in order to unlock development value; and leading the legal strategy, programme, and negotiation with stakeholders including an adjoining Power Station.
Electricity Act Transmission Licence Holders
including negotiating infrastructure agreements and advising on the options appraisal and strategy for an NSIP electricity reinforcement project and assisting with the stakeholder engagement strategy, scoping, and site selection.
Various housebuilders and developers
on strategic land schemes - including on the greenbelt in Perrybrook, Gloucestershire – and assisting with sale and purchase agreements, and apportionment of section 106 liability between phase owners, together with negotiating the various highways agreements.
On a Local Development Order (LDO
including EIA considerations and strategy notes on baseline, and engagement with stakeholders.
On various due diligence projects
including the disposal of a wind farm portfolio, the acquisition of a solar scheme, and residential sales/disposals including drafting and negotiating Certificates of Title.