Over the course of his career, David has gained extensive experience advising private landowners, commercial developers and local authorities. He started out in Dublin in 2005 working for a small planning practice in Dun Laoghaire, where he was involved in an extensive range of residential development projects. He spent 10 years in London where he gained significant commercial experience working for a number of major planning firms as a lead retail impact and capacity modelling analyst.
David has an in-depth knowledge of planning law, policy and development control, and has appeared as an expert witness in multiple planning inquiries. He has a proven ability in project management, coordinating large teams of technical consultants while handling major mixed-use development projects and urban extension schemes. He devised the hotel needs assessment methodology that was incorporated by the Department of Communities and Local Government in the UK as planning practice guidance in 2009, and has written numerous retail and leisure studies for Local Authorities providing the evidence base for their development plans, and advises on retail capacity, impact assessment and general planning matters.