Company News

May 14

Welcome to the team Jacqui!

Ardent are delighted to welcome Jacqui Stoddart to the team as a Director.

Jacqui has over 19 years experience as a chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer working predominantly in the utilities sector where she provided both technical and policy advice. Joining us from National Grid as senior surveyor in the major infrastructure development team she has led the lands element of NSIP’s including North West Coast Connection, Shetland Link and North Wales Connection.

Jacqui has also previously acted as regional surveyor for the Country Landowners Association CLA where she provided advice to the members on a range of rural issues including compulsory purchase for both developers and affected parties and has been involved in commenting on and drafting policy and strategy.

Alongside heading up the Leeds office, Jacqui will be growing, developing and promoting project land agency services to complement our established land referencing team.

February 21

Tilbury2 Granted DCO Consent

Great News! The Tilbury 2 DCO project was awarded consent this week to build an extension to the existing port. Tilbury 2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub. It will be built on a site covering in excess of 150 acres, which was part of the location of the former Tilbury Power Station. Ardent are proud to have been involved through the promotion of this project including Land Referencing, application document production (Book of Reference, Land Plans, Special Category Land Plans) valuation and landowner consultation. On to the next stages!

February 18

Preferred Route Announcement – A428 – Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

Great news for Highways England, Aecom and Ardent as the Preferred Route Announcement (PRA) is made today!

Ardent have been providing land services on the new highway Development Consent Order (DCO) project since May 2016. The long awaited PRA unlocks the next phases of work including the full Land Referencing process to inform the S44 consultation list and further detailed landowner engagement. The Milton Keynes office are driving the bulk of the work on this project and are ideally located for easy access to the project. The DCO application is expected to be submitted in early 2020 with formal consultation taking place in summer 2019.

February 17

CPA Annual Dinner

Thursday 7th February 2019 saw a number of Ardent staff dust off their finest attire and head to the Grand Connaught Rooms in London for the Annual CPA Dinner. As usual Ardent had a table with 5 members of the Ardent Compulsory Purchase Team accompanied by 5 client guests. Also in attendance were 3 other Senior Directors taking up their places as guests on various planning Lawyer’s tables.

December 6

NIPA Annual Dinner

Ardent had a very enjoyable evening at the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) annual dinner on Thursday 22nd November catching up with clients and fellow consultants. This year’s event was held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. The guest speaker at the event was Professor Sadie Morgan. The black tie event was attended by 10 members of the Ardent team with representatives from all 5 of our offices. Mike, Carl, Nick and Charlotte were the most photogenic of our attendees…


November 21

Thurrock Flexible Generation Plant – 42nd DCO!

Ardent have been instructed by Thurrock Power Limited (a subsidiary of Statera Energy Limited) to carry out full land referencing services for their Thurrock Flexible Generation Park Project. This is Ardent’s 42nd DCO involvement! The client is proposing to build and operate a flexible generation and battery storage power plant, in East Thurrock, Essex. The proposed development will provide up to 600 megawatts of electrical generation capacity on a fast response basis when called for by the National Grid, together with up to 150 megawatts of battery storage capacity.

As the generating capacity of the proposed development exceeds 50 megawatts, it falls within the definition of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project for which an application for Development Consent Order (DCO) is required under the Planning Act 2008 (the Act). Pete Gibbard is leading the project team with assistance from Nick Dexter, Antonia Pagonis, Laura Crumpton and Jack Bramley. Timescales are challenging and the team is working hard to deliver the usual high standards on schedule.