Directors




Ruth Reed, BA, DipArch, MA, PGCertEd, HonAIA, FRIAS, PPRIBA

Ruth is an architect with a career that spans public and private practice and the Planning Inspectorate.  She was the first woman president of the Royal Institute of British Architects and continues to represent the profession in planning matters.

Brought up in Shrewsbury, Ruth Reed studied architecture at the University of Sheffield where she completed a Masters in Landscape.

She set up Reed Architects in Mid-Wales in 1992, where she rapidly won a reputation for successfully gaining planning consents, often in the face of restrictive rural planning controls. becoming a fee-paid planning inspector determining built environment appeals.  Much of the practice’s work was in the self-build sector and Ruth joined and became a Director of Associated Self-Build Architects, a national network of architects in the sector promoting architecture through a variety of marketing techniques including stands at trade shows and magazine articles. In 1997 she designed and oversaw the construction of her own house using hardwood and softwood timber frames and breather-wall construction.

Her association with teaching started in 1993 with roles at the Welsh School of Architecture and also Plymouth and Bath Universities. With her extensive experience and knowledge of professional practice in a variety of business types, in 2006 she took over as Course Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice at the Birmingham School of Architecture. She was given professorial status by BCU at the end of her RIBA presidency in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession.

Ruth was the first woman and first academic to be president of the RIBA in its 175-year history. Elected to take up office in 2009 she faced challenging economic times for the profession and oversaw organisational change at the Institute. Her policy focus was on architectural education, particularly the economic circumstances facing students, and on planning reform, for which she led the RIBA’s successful campaign for recognition of good design in the NPPF. Once her term as president finished Ruth took over chairmanship of the Planning Group and continues to represent the profession to policy-makers in this area.

In 2007 she joined Green Planning Solutions llp as a part-time Partner providing architectural and landscape consultancy support for the practice’s caseload of unusual and challenging planning cases. The Practice is developing innovative concepts of developments in sensitive rural areas and has already developed an enviable success record in winning planning appeals. In July 2013 Ruth left academe to become a full-time Director in the newly formed Green Planning Studio Ltd leading the practice’s work in the built environment.

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Matthew Green BA

Matthew is a planning consultant with a remarkable record of success in planning appeals.  He appears regularly as an expert witness at Public Inquiries, Informal Hearings, Magistrates Court cases, Crown Court case and cases in the High Court. He has appeared at over 125 planning appeals since 2005.  His work encompasses land use, built environment and enforcement cases.

He has worked as a planning consultant since 2005. He set up Green Planning Solutions LLP in early 2006, which evolved into a partnership in April 2007.

Since working as a consultant has worked on numerous housing projects throughout England and Wales ranging from single dwellings to over 300 dwellings. He has expertise in assessing whether Councils have a five year land supply of deliverable housing land.

He also has particular expertise on the planning issues surrounding different types of caravan sites, on land uses, certificates of lawful use and on enforcement matters. One of his clients recently described Matthew as ‘the planning equivalent of that solicitor who gets everyone off their speeding fines’.

When appearing as a witness in the High Court in a planning injunction case. Brentwood Borough Council v Ball and Others [2009] EWHC 2433 (08.10.09) Stadlen J made the following observations on his experience and judgment.

“In my judgement the decisions and some of the reasons for them in the Clementines Farm Appeal support the conclusion that there is a real prospect that the Defendants’ appeal may succeed. This is a conclusion which I would have reached even without sight of those decisions. I found Mr Green to be a very experienced, well informed and balanced witness and his views on the relative weight likely to be attached by the inspector to the personal circumstances of the defendants, and the lack of alternative accommodation on the one hand and the harm to the environment and the inappropriateness of residential development in the Green Belt on the other broadly persuasive.”

In smaller public Inquiries Matthew often acts as Advocate as well as professional witness.

Between 2001 and 2005, Matthew was the Member of Parliament for Ludlow constituency.  He was appointed by Charles Kennedy MP as the Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning.  He was the only front-bencher from any party to serve the entire 18 month passage of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Matthew also led on the Housing Act 2004 and led or part led as a front bencher on two other Acts and many Statutory Instruments.

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Michael Rudd BSc(Hons), MSc, LLM, PgDip Law, FGS

Michael is a barrister with a mixed practice encompassing planning, environmental, public and administrative law, as well as matters of civil and commercial law, including employment disputes. He has particular expertise in judicial review challenges.

Michael acts for developers, government agencies, local planning authorities, residents’ groups, pressure groups and private individuals. He has considerable experience in planning, enforcement and compulsory purchase appeals for a wide range of developments as well as in local plan inquires. He is frequently instructed in statutory reviews, judicial reviews, injunction applications and criminal prosecutions. He recently successfully represented a local authority in the first reported case addressing the definition of a “hedge” under the High Hedges legislation (Castelli v London Borough of Merton [2013]). He has also both prosecuted and defended in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court in matters relating to enforcement and stop notices, noise abatement notices, waste management licences, statutory nuisance, trading standards and the control of advertising regulations.

Michael has advised on matters relating to the Commons Registration Act and has petitioned the Cross–Rail Parliamentary Select Committee on behalf of a local residents association. He deals with a full range of matters such as domestic development through residential schemes to commercial and industrial projects (retail, office, leisure, hotel and landfill and equestrian centres) and has an established practice representing gypsies, travellers, and travelling show people in both planning and criminal matters. He also has a wider public law practice involving judicial review challenges to decisions of government and regulatory bodies.

He worked in criminal law in his formative years and brings a unique perspective to proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 following on from planning enforcement prosecutions. Michael also regularly provides pre–application advice and expediency advice on enforcement and statutory nuisance matters.

Michael holds a BSc(Hons) in Geology and Physics, an MSc in Advanced Engineering Geology and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and Planning.  He is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association. Constitutional and Administrative Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association, the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and is Preferred Counsel for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.  Before being called to the Bar he spent 14 years in the development industry providing environmental, planning and engineering advice to a wide range of international engineering and geotechnical consultancies, development agencies and government bodies and has advised on some of the most prestigious development projects in recent years including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Canary Wharf Development.

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