Ian Cunliffe

Director & Head of Infrastructure

Gateley Hamer


Ian is a Chartered Surveyor with over a decade of property experience. He has worked on the country’s leading infrastructure projects and has a wide breadth of experience encompassing the promotion of many high-profile compulsory purchase schemes, negotiation and objection management, and other land and property issues.

He is recognised as one of the leading surveyors for the promotion of Development Consent Orders and regularly presents to the National Infrastructure Planning Association and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on best practice and how to manage consenting and compensation risks.

Ian has been instructed on a large number of DCOs that have been promoted through the Planning Act 2008, primarily for promoters but also for affected landowners, and has provided expert evidence, both oral and written, at Examination.

Before becoming a consultant, Ian was previously HS2’s lead surveyor for the longest region of Phase 1, responsible for managing a team to deliver 90km of land for the railway, including leading on the petitioning process and responding to over 1,000 petitioners.

Prior to working for HS2 Ltd, Ian was Lead Land Programme Manager for EDF Energy’s Nuclear New Build project, responsible for the delivery of land for the new Hinkley Point and Sizewell power stations and supporting the (successful) submission of the DCO for Hinkley Point.

Ian has acted as Project Director on several infrastructure schemes, including Cleve Hill Solar Park, Rail Central freight interchange, A38 Derby Junctions Improvements, M54 Junction 6, A12, M42 and A428 highway improvement schemes and the Lake Lothing Third Crossing highway bridge scheme, as well as managing the complex agreements on the Silvertown Tunnel project, with all schemes promoted by DCO.


  1. Providing verbal written evidence at Cleve Hill, M25 Junction 10, Esso to London, A38 Derby Junction Improvements, Hearings, HS2 Committee (Commons), Silvertown Tunnel, and Eggborough CCGT.
  2. Acting as expert witness for DLR as objector to City Airport’s expansion CPO.
  3. Acting as expert witness for TfL for the Barking Riverside Extension, with, rebuttal prepared, and verbal evidence given.