Angus has 16 years’ experience of promoting and opposing major infrastructure projects in the fields of transport, water and energy, specialising in the consenting regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects created by the Planning Act 2008, with a leading practice in this field. He also specialises in hybrid bills, having had extensive experience of petitioning against the Crossrail and HS2 Bills.
Since July 2009, Angus has maintained a blog on the Planning Act 2008 regime, which has over 1100 subscribers and was quoted as being “a must-read for those involved in the sector“.
– Top five planning lawyer in 2017 Planning magazine survey
Angus Walker – ‘Walking encyclopaedia’ and ‘one of the market’s leading infrastructure lawyers.’
Chambers & Partners UK 2018
Angus Walker is singled out for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the major planning project regime’
Legal 500 UK 2017
Angus Walker is described as having an ‘encyclopedic grasp of the system.’ Chambers & Partners 2017
- Manston Airport: the first airport project to use the Planning Act 2008 regime is to reopen Manston Airport in east Kent primarily as a cargo airport. The airport closed in May 2014 but RiverOak Strategic Partners Ltd have plans to reopen it. An application to reconfigure and reopen the airport by way of a Development Consent Order (DCO) is expected to be made in spring 2018. Angus Walker and Alex Hallatt lead the legal team for this project.
- Esso Southampton to London Pipeline: Esso are replacing a pipeline that runs from their refinery near Southampton to their West London Terminal, which will require a DCO. Angus leads the legal team on this project.
- Able Marine Energy Park: a nationally significant facility for the manufacture and shipment of marine energy infrastructure on Humberside was given consent in December 2013, and once it had undergone special parliamentary procedure and had seen off a legal challenge is now beginning to be implemented. Angus led the legal team on this project.
- London Resort: this is the first, and so far only, ‘business or commercial project to use the Planning Act 2008 regime, for an entertainment resort incorporating a theme park in north Kent, and is expected to bring 27,000 jobs to the area. An application is expected to be made for the project in 2018. Shabana Anwar and Angus lead the legal team on this project.
- Lower Thames Crossing: the newly-formed Highways England’s largest project is for a new bridge or tunnel across the Thames east of London. A consultation on a shortlist of options was carried out in 2016 and yielded over 47,000 responses. Angus Walker and Tom Henderson lead the legal team for this project.