Michael Lorimer

Michael is a Chartered Town Planner with over 13 years of experience working within both the public and private sectors in the North East of Scotland. He joined Ryden in 2013 having previously worked as a Senior Planner for Aberdeenshire Council. He was promoted to Partner in May 2018 and is the Head of Planning within Ryden’s Aberdeen Office.

Michael’s experience spans a diverse range of projects, with a proven record of securing permission for complex housing, commercial and mixed-use developments. He also acts for a number of public sector clients including the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian.


  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Tailored planning strategy and advice
  • Masterplanning and mixed-use regeneration
  • Public consultation and engagement


Countesswells Consortium – Countesswells, Aberdeen Planning advisor to Countesswells Consortium in relation to Development Framework and Phase 1 Masterplan for the new settlement at Countesswells. Delivered Planning Permission in Principle for 3,000 new homes and 10ha of employment land and detailed consent for Phase 1 Infrastructure.

The University of Aberdeen - Newhills Expansion Area, Aberdeen Consultancy input to multi-disciplinary team to secure approval of Development Framework for 4,000 new homes, employment land and strategic infrastructure. Delivered approval of Planning Permission in Principle for 1,700 homes retail and commercial provision and Phase 1 Masterplan for the Rowett South.

Fermess Investment Holdings - Broadford Works, Aberdeen Secured Planning Permission and Listed building consent for the major redevelopment of Aberdeen’s Broadford Works Category A-Listed former mill complex, to create a sustainable mixed-use urban village incorporating 460 private rented flats, 430 student beds and commercial space.

Aberdeen City Council – Union Terrace Gardens Delivered Detailed Planning and Listed Building Consents securing the regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens, one of the key catalytic projects within the Council’s City Centre Masterplan.

Knight Property Group – Kingshill Business and Commercial Parks, Westhill Delivery of various office and industrial pavilions comprising circa 120,000 sq ft of floorspace.