James McKechnie

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James McKechnie Divisional Director, Transportation

James leads our national transportation team, strategically advising developers, planning consultancies, architects, authorities and end users to help them achieve planning consent for a wide variety of schemes and deliver growth across the UK.

Having held roles both within local authorities and private consultancies, James has significant experience on how to successfully engage and collaborate with the authorities and an extensive understanding of how public sector projects are procured and delivered.

He regularly speaks alongside planning, property and legal consultancies about the future of transport and movement, its impact on placemaking and the accessibility of development sites. James also currently sits on the Highways England (HE) national liaison panel for the development industry and has played a key role in shaping HE’s new development control policy. He also advised the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on its response to Government regarding recent changes to the planning system.

With a reputation for both innovation and meticulous research into the transport planning implications of new developments, James is regularly in demand for Expert Witness work at Inquiry and other forms of appeal on high-profile projects, for example the successful consent for the Route 39 Academy in Devon.

James was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the profession - it's a position that reflects his technical achievement and continued personal and staff development, and promotion of the industry.

In 2020 James was invited to join the Design Review Panel, acknowledging his position as a subject matter expert for a body that helps shape best practice in the built environment.