John Findlay

Consultant, Planning

John joined Ryden in 2004 and established Planning Consultancy services in the North East of Scotland. He was previously a Partner in the Architectural and Town Planning Consultancy of Jenkins & Marr and has over 40 years' experience of planning in both the private and public sectors.

John has secured planning permissions for major business and residential developments through both planning applications and public inquiries and has significant experience as an expert witness.


  • Planning applications & appeals
  • Strategic planning advice
  • Masterplanning
  • Public consultation events


Public Inquiries & Examinations Represented all the major house builders and Homes for Scotland at various Public Inquiries and Examinations in Public in Aberdeen City and Shire. Secured significant housing land releases throughout the North East including Kingswells, Newmachar and Newburgh for Stewart Milne Homes, and the allocation of land for Class 4 Business Use at Westhill for Westhill Development Company Ltd.

Development Frameworks & Masterplans Projects encompass the preparation of Development Frameworks and Masterplans and involve managing multi-disciplinary teams and extensive public engagement. They also include the submission and ongoing negotiation of planning applications for residential, business and mixed use developments throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Highland.