"Mark Bassett is a very sound planner."
(The Legal 500, 2020)
Mark is a Chartered Town Planner with 14 years extensive experience in respect of planning applications and planning appeals – both within local government and as a consultant in private practice.
Mark’s planning experience comprises working on a wide range of scheme including Sustainable Urban Extensions, other residential and commercial development of varying scale, leisure projects, change of use, listed building consent and energy generation schemes.
Mark is well versed in preparing and co-ordinating Environmental Impact Assessments for larger projects and leading public consultation and exhibition events. He has comprehensive experience of all types of planning and enforcement appeals including giving evidence at both informal hearings and public inquiries.
Since joining Freeths in 2015 from Nottingham City Council, Mark has worked as a Senior Principal Planning Officer in Development Management. He has also been involved in the promotion of several sites through the Local Plan process and has provided evidence at Examinations in Public.
- Mark secured outline planning permission on appeal for residential development of 90 dwellings at Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield. He has also recently been successful with numerous other appeals including change of use and enforcement notice appeal.
- Mark is currently promoting a Strategic Urban Extension site for circa 1,700 dwellings at a site in Tamworth through the Local Plan process, in tandem with preparing and submitting planning applications on this site.
- In October 2017 Mark secured planning permission on appeal for 195 dwellings for Larkfleet Homes on a site in Kirton, Boston, following a Public Inquiry.
- In April 2018 Mark gained planning permission for a state of the art new poultry processing factory for Cranswick Country Foods at Eye Airfield, Suffolk.
- Freeths advises top 10 UK housebuilder on historic Boots site acquisition
- Mandatory biodiversity net gain rules starting November 2023: Further information published by the Government on 21 February 2023
- Planning Freethinking January 2023: NPPF Revisions Consultation
- Planning Freethinking December 2022: Impacts of the Hillside Parks case – Toddington Lane Appeal
- Supreme Court issues landmark judgment in Hillside Parks case greatly affecting planning & real estate practice
- Supreme Court issues landmark judgment on slot-in planning applications in Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority  UKSC 30
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