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Gideon is National Planning Advisor at Capita GL Hearn and works with private and public sector clients on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. As one of the 8 core UK Infrastructure Planning Commissioners he helped set up the new UK regime for major projects specialising in the drafting of Development Consent Orders. He led Panels of Commissioners and Inspectors in examining, reporting and recommending the largest offshore wind farms in the world and the UK’s first tidal lagoon power station in Swansea. He managed the first Development Consent Order to be made, as promoted by Network Rail. In his time at the Planning Inspectorate he also examined Local Plans and decided planning appeals.
He is an urban designer, chartered architect and planner who began his career designing housing schemes. In the nineties he was elected to Oxford City Council where he became Group Leader implementing that city’s Buchanan Transport Strategy. He has been chief executive of Planning Aid for London and, for ten years, the Town & Country Planning Association authoring “A Programme for Sustainable Communities” (2001) working closely with Sir Peter Hall and editing of “Connecting England – A Framework for Regional Development” (2007) with Peter Hetherington, he is now a Association Vice President. He authored standards for Eco-towns (2009) and initiated research to reinvent the Garden City concept for the 21st century.
He received an OBE for services to sustainable development in 2009.