James McInnerny

Senior Land Liaison Officer

Gateley Hamer


James works within Gateley Hamer’s Infrastructure Development team on a mixture of schemes, primarily green energy projects with linear elements, including solar and carbon capture. In addition, James has extensive experience in highways schemes. He advises clients on landowner and stakeholder engagement, and negotiates and coordinates land access for intrusive and non-intrusive surveys.

James has a strong background in agricultural liaison and survey coordination having spent significant time on site for both rail and highways schemes. He also has site experience, arranging land access for extensive intrusive ground investigations.

James has always had a strong interest in infrastructure development and, prior to specialising in land access, worked for a large consultancy as a Development Planner in the Transport Planning department. He also has experience in traffic logistics and consents, as well as conducting traffic surveys.

How do you help clients?

I minimise programme delays by securing survey access in a timely manner.

I build and maintain landowner relationships to minimise objections and consenting risks.

I conduct schedules of condition pre- and post-surveys to ensure clients liabilities are managed.


  1. Landowner/stakeholder engagement and land access coordination on the Viking CCS Pipeline carbon capture and storage project for Gateley Hamer.
  2. Landowner/stakeholder engagement and land access coordination on the Gate Burton Energy Park solar project for Gateley Hamer.
  3. Land Access Coordinator on the A27 Arundel Bypass project for Gateley Hamer.
  4. Survey Coordinator on a large Highways scheme, ensuring that all surveys proceeded to programme dates and to the agreed access rules and protocols.
  5. Site-based Land Access Coordinator for a large ground investigation scheme, ensuring that all commitments to the landowners were met by the project.