Christian Leigh BSc(Hons), MPhil, MRTPI
Christian is a Chartered Town Planner. He has over 25 years experience of town and country planning gained in private planning practices in Ascot, Windsor, London and Henley-on-Thames, for a wide range of private and commercial clients. Christian lectures in Planning Law and Practice at the Henley Business School.
Christian's career started after graduating with a Distinction in Master of Philosophy in Environmental Planning, and being awarded the RTPI Prize for outstanding academic performance. He worked in London and then went to join a busy planning practice based in Henley. His work there was focused on rural issues, as well as listed buildings and conservation areas in Central London and in the historic towns of the Thames Valley.
He moved to a larger practice based in Windsor, where work expanded into commercial and large volume house-builders. He was involved in projects ranging from major mixed-use development proposals in the South East and in London to advising householders and small businesses. Christian was a former runner-up in the annual RTPI 'Young Planner of the Year' competition.
Christian established Leigh & Glennie Ltd in 2001, based in Ascot, to provide a cost-effective service for his diverse client base in the private and public sector. The clients see him undertake projects primarily in London, the South and South East of England, and in the West Country. His work continues to encompass commercial and residential projects in both town and country, including many private clients. Legal issues, expert witness, enforcement, listed buildings, heritage appraisals and conservation areas are a particular specialism.
In addition to private work, Christian is currently Associate Lecturer in Planning Law and Practice at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates to provide real-world experience for the students ready for their later employment. The Henley Business School is ranked No. 1 in the UK for teaching of Land and Property Management, No. 1 for research and No. 1 for graduate career prospects.
Christian writes articles on town planning, and provides training and speaking events for fellow professionals. He is author of two books on town planning - easy to understand guides in objecting to planning applications and how to lodge planning appeals. More information on these at www.town-planning-know-how.co.uk