Leslie Robinson BA DipTP DMS MRTPI FBIM entered private practice with BWCP in 1973 after seven years in Local Government as a planner with the London Borough of Southwark. He became an Associate of BWCP in 1978.
He was elected a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1979 and gained a Diploma in Management Studies in 1982. In the course of his career, he has dealt with all aspects of the town planning process from Comprehensive Redevelopment, to Development Plan Preparation as well as Development Control. He has presented numerous Appeal cases by written representations and hearings, and has appeared at Public Inquiries. He has worked for a wide range of clients including: the following:
Public sector: Department of the Environment (consultancy on Inner City Policy); Countryside Commission (development of the Urban Fringe initiative “Operation Groundwork”) and the Scottish Development Agency (Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal). Planning research with Brian relating to Brian’s expert evidence in defence of the London Borough of Southwark: a charge of ‘Misfeasance in public office against the planning department, successfully seen off following a six-week hearing in the High Court, instructed by Clyde & Co.
Private Sector: Wassal plc (feasibility studies – residential redevelopment of industrial premises in Lancashire) Fairbriar Homes plc (residential development sites in Sussex, Surrey and Kent) Serco plc (extension to B1 development in Camberley, Surrey) Hart and Co. – establishment of estate agency chain in retail areas, NW London J. Ladwa Ltd – rest homes/nursing homes in NW London Bowden Freight International – depot in Gotham, Notts. emap plc – temporary exhibition site, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, Sugar Reef Restaurant, London WC1 – removal of condition on planning permission, Educational/Charity/Voluntary Central Foundation Schools – redevelopment of educational premises, Islington. University College School – sports centre. Carmel College – residential development on campus in AONB. South Hampstead High School – swimming pool and tennis complex, West Hampstead. Knightsbridge Association – objections to Local Plans for City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Transport. Planning research on numerous properties and projects with BWCP.
SUSTRANS – feasibility work, National Cycle Network in Sussex and Kent Surveys 1988 – he managed the survey of pedestrians using Hove Seafront which was given as evidence to the Home Office and DoT in connection with the proposed cycle route along the Promenade. 1993-4 Working with Richard Jones he helped with cordon surveys of cyclists in Horsham and Chichester as part of area studies for the respective District Councils and West Sussex County Council. 1996 as a Cycle Challenge project for DoT he designed and analysed the user questionnaires for tests of carriage of cycles on externally mounted racks on service buses 1997/8 for Sustrans and West Sussex County Council he designed and managed the analysis of actual and potential cyclists in East Grinstead as part of the Local Transport Plan. 1999 for West Sussex County Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Sustrans he designed and analysed a survey of cyclist views taking part in an organised cycling event at Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath. 1999 for East Sussex County Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Sustrans, Brighton Hove and East Sussex Health Promotion Authority and Eastbourne Association of Voluntary Services he designed and analysed a survey of cyclist views taking part in an organised cycling event at The Sovereign Centre Eastbourne.