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Carl Dyer



Carl has nearly thirty-five years' experience in planning and development, with a particular focus on retail and mixed use regeneration projects.  Carl also promotes housing, care homes, crematoria, and significant commercial developments - including the biggest print works in the world for News Group UK. He is also the recipient of the Anthony London Law Prize.

Market View

"He's very commercially minded and comes back to us very quickly," comments an impressed client, continuing: "He tells you how it is and won't give you a lot of flowery talk." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Recent highlights

  • For Corona Group and Santon:  promoting the regeneration of North-East Lewes to provide a new residential district with 401 homes, business space, including artisans' units, and supporting infrastructure and flood defences;
  • For Asda, and various retail developers, achieving consent for more than a dozen major food stores over the last two years, and scores over the last twenty years, including many retail-led town centre regeneration schemes;
  • Achieving a 4,570 square metres redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation charitable facilities enabled by seventy-six new homes in the Surrey Green Belt for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation and Welbeck Land;
  • Helping to achieve planning permission for crematoria developments for Westerleigh Group variously at Gedling, Great Glen, Romsey, Uttlesford, and Newport in South Wales; and
  • Securing planning permission for Roffey Homes on its prestigious residential/hotel redevelopment scheme on Worthing seafront, and acting on its residential redevelopment project on the Worthing Aquarena site.

Market View

Carl Dyer "has the ability to explain complex matters in an easy way." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 06/03/2018
    NPPF Review

    “I hope to goodness that Theresa May is better briefed on Europe than she is on planning. She has clearly not thought this through properly. "Where to begin? "She wants developers and communities to co-operate more. The problem is that most communities want development in other communities. Everyone wants housing; but they want in the next ward or borough; not theirs. "She starts from a premise that developers are land banking. Someone should tell her that her government has asked Oliver Letwin to investigate whether that is true, and it would be sensible not to make pronouncements on the subject until he has reported on the facts. (Unless Mrs May has already decided what his findings are to be, irrespective of the facts he finds). "She is talking of taking build out rates into account when granting planning permissions. This is flatly contrary to the premise that planning permissions are not personal: they run with the land. And many developers don’t have build-out rates, because they sell the land on to house builders – many of whom don’t want to be involved in the planning system: they outsource that risk, so that they can buy “oven-ready” sites from developers. "Talks of wanting to cut red tape; then totally contradicts herself by saying she wants to make it harder to get permission. Developers only are able to 'game' the system because the system is so badly broken. "And nothing in the consultation draft out this week is going to change that.”

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  • 21/11/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Helps Deliver Planning For The Second Tallest Building In The UK

    "This will be an amazing landmark for South London. We are delighted to be part of such an exciting scheme that will help put Croydon firmly on the map. "

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  • 26/10/2017
    How Serious Is The Government In Meeting Its Housing Objectives?

    It’s crazy that ministers are getting involved in schemes of a few dozen homes. Below 1000, the government should leave well alone.

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  • 24/07/2017
    Two Thirds Of Local Authorities Failing To Prioritise Housing For Older People In Local Plans

    “Too many councils – nearly two thirds – simply are not making adequate provision in their local plans for the provision of retirement housing or for care homes. The fact that 203 out of 329 local authorities are a category D, with no clear elderly accommodation policy or site allocation is shocking and evidence of the appalling failure of local planning authorities to plan for a demographic shift which is not only foreseeable, but which has been foreseen and commented on." “There are now 11.6 million people in the UK aged 65 or over and the number of people aged 60 or over is expected to pass 20 million by 2030. There are over 500,000 people aged 90 or over; and 14,570 aged 100 and over. The number of people with dementia in the UK is expected to hit 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051. Our population is ageing. This is well known and well documented -a phenomenon happening slowly and over an extended time period. It is exactly the sort of change which our planning system should be able to anticipate and plan for; but that is simply not happening.”

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