Nick James

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Director of Planning

+44 (0)141 334 9595

Nick is a chartered town planner, based in our Glasgow office. He has extensive strategic planning, policy and research experience relating to green infrastructure, access and recreation, landscape, community regeneration and the historic environment.

His planning work includes the review of the National Planning Policy Guidelines which informed the Modernising Planning agenda in Scotland and the development of planning guidance covering issues such as air quality, soils, green infrastructure and woodland and forestry.

Nick has led a series of ground-breaking green infrastructure projects, on landscape planning areas such as settlement expansion, wind energy development, forestry, climate change and perceptions of landscape change. His work on the historic environment includes the definition of buffer zones to protect Hadrian’s Wall, Stonehenge and the Antonine Wall World Heritage Zones. He led our award-winning Carse of Stirling Ecosystems Approach demonstration project, which pioneered a new, stakeholder-based way of thinking about how land is managed. Nick led our 2015 survey of marine recreation for Marine Scotland, providing new insights into the importance and value of Scottish coasts and seas.

Outside work: Nick is a keen artisan cheesemaker, sea kayaker, hill walker and MAMIL.

  • Planning, policy and review
  • Landscape planning
  • National parks and protected areas
  • Access and green space
  • Community regeneration
  • Strategic environmental assessment
  • Member, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University College London
  • MPhil town planning, University College London