John joined Ryden as a Partner in 2004 and established Planning Consultancy services in the North East of Scotland. He was previously a Partner in the Architectural and Town Planning Consultancy of Jenkins & Marr and has over 40 years experience of planning in both the private and public sectors.
Since joining Ryden he has consolidated and expanded his client base to make Ryden the foremost planning consultancy in the North East of Scotland and one of the largest in Scotland.
He has secured planning permissions for major business and residential developments through both planning applications and public inquiries and has significant experience as an expert witness.
John is a member of a number of public/private sector liaison groups including the award-winning Trinity Group in Aberdeen.
Retained planning adviser for NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen. Involved in the allocation of surplus land for 2,000 houses and 35 hectares of employment use at Bucksburn for the University
Represented all the major house builders and Homes for Scotland at various Public Inquiries and Examinations in Public in Aberdeen City and Shire. He has secured significant housing land releases throughout the North East including Kingswells, Newmachar and Newburgh for Stewart Milne Homes; and, the allocation of land for Class 4 Business Use at Westhill for Westhill Development Company Ltd.
Projects encompass the preparation of Development Frameworks and Masterplans and involve managing multi-disciplinary teams and extensive public engagement. They also include the submission and ongoing negotiation of planning applications for residential, business and mixed use developments throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Highland.