Robert Gowing

Robert Gowing

Senior Associate

Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 5628

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Robert focuses on all aspects of town and country planning law and advises both private and public sector clients. He has extensive experience in complex urban redevelopment and national infrastructure projects and has a particular focus on multifaceted developments in London.  Robert provides strategic advice and support from the pre-application stage through to implementation, including environmental assessments, compulsory acquisition of land, and contentious planning matters, appeals and judicial review.

In addition to holding a degree in architecture, Robert completed professional conservation training before being appointed as Head of Wall Paintings and Senior Architectural Conservator at English Heritage (now Historic England).  

Robert’s unique and diverse background has allowed him to establish particular heritage-related development experience, which has enabled him to provide targeted advice on the assessment of heritage impacts, including EIA reviews as part of wider landscape and townscape assessment issues. Robert is the contributing editor for listed buildings and conservation areas for the Butterworths Planning Law Service and sits on a number of conservation and heritage committees.

Education and admissions


LPC, College of Law, 2010

Postgraduate Diploma Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art, High Distinction, 1997

B. Arch., Carleton University, High Distinction, 1994


Compulsory Purchase Association

Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation

Professionally Accredited Conservator-Restorer (conservation management)

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Representative experience

Advised Derwent London (with GPE) on a mixed-use Baker Street development; including negotiating complex S106 agreement with affordable housing and reviews, and post-consent S73 variations.*

Reviewed full EIA planning application for Grosvenor’s major mixed-use redevelopment of the South Molton Triangle in Mayfair; including advising on significant heritage impact and land use issues.*

Advised UCL on redevelopment of the former Eastman Dental Hospital site for a world-leading dementia research centre, including securing planning permission and listed building consent.*

Provided strategic advice and support to Hoopers Department Store in Tunbridge Wells on its objection to the Council promoted CPO for a theatre/office scheme, including a full public inquiry.*

Advised Thames Water and Tideway on various aspects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel; including coordinating S106 agreements with 12 Councils,  and securing multiple non-material amendments to the DCO.*

Provided strategic advice on Heathrow’s proposed third runway DCO application; including advice on pre-application consultation, and on EIA (with particular focus on the historic environment).*

Advised Northumbria Water in relation to the impact of the proposed Lake Lothing Third Crossing DCO application on its Lowestoft offices; both a pre-application and DCO examination stages.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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