Michael Knott

Planning Director

Michael Knott joined us in 2007 and was promoted to Partner in 2021, leading the Reading Planning team. He specialises in the promotion of strategic land for mixed use and residential developments, in both greenfield and previously developed urban locations.

Michael has extensive experience of site promotion through local plans and neighbourhood plans including participating in examinations in public. This includes participating in hearings across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and elsewhere across the south east, building up a reputation as a leading expert for plan promotion in the region. Michael has led large consultant teams in the preparation of major planning applications, including negotiating planning conditions and s106, and delivery through reserved matters and discharging conditions. He has also acted as expert witness in major s78 appeal hearings and inquiries.

Across his career, Michael has previously chaired the Enterprise M3 LEP’s Land and Property Action Group and has developed an extensive network between public and private sectors. He previously sought to secure a cross-boundary strategy for London’s unmet housing need and is part of the London and the Wider South East Network.

Michael has a strong client following due to his dedication to securing the best outcomes on projects, consistent high quality of advice and personable approach.