Robert Evans

Bob is a Chartered Town Planner with 30 years' experience of planning and development consultancy in Scotland and is the Planning group lead partner at Ryden.

He was a founding partner of niche planning consultancy Muir Smith Evans and joined Ryden in December 2017 when the two firms merged. Prior to that he was a planning director for Turley, responsible for establishing the Edinburgh office and managing the Scottish business unit. He has also worked as planning consultant with BDP and Drivers Jonas.

Bob has extensive planning and property consultancy experience including management of large multi-disciplinary teams, tailored public consultation, large scale masterplans and delivering sensitive commercial development projects.  He has keen judgement on identifying key issues early in the process.


  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Scotland and UK
  • Strategy advice
  • Masterplanning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Mixed use regeneration
  • Expert Witness


University of Edinburgh Planning consultancy advice and input to major master plans for King's Buildings Campus. Delivery of permissions for major applications for the Darwin Centre at the School of Biological Sciences, Module 1 for the new School of Engineering and Phase 1 of the new Nucleus Project.

Heriot Watt University Coordination and input to successive Campus Masterplans and delivery of major proposals including Robotarium, GRID Research Building, Lyell Centre, Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Innis & Gunn Brewery.

Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland Showground Masterplan Strategic consultancy advice and delivery of new Multi Use Event Space, Ocean Outdoor digital media advertising and the Moxy by Marriot Hotel.

Lasalle Investment Management Ltd and AEW Strategy advice for management and development of assets including applications for Artizan Centre, Dumbarton; Local Development Plan representations; application for new cinema and redevelopment of former swimming pool at the Mercat Centre, Kirkcaldy; applications for redevelopment proposals and consultancy advice for Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes and Development Options Masterplan for Westside Plaza, Edinburgh.

Mixed Use, Residential & Hotels Strategic planning advice, applications and delivery of permissions for mixed use, residential and hotels, aparthotels/serviced apartments and student residences including McLaren Group Student Residences, Premier Inn Hotels, Travelodge, Holiday Inn, Moxy, Henley Homes, and coordination of masterplan proposals including EIA for redevelopment of former Bangour Village Hospital site for up to 1,000 new homes including conversions of Listed Buildings.

Commercial Developments Delivery of permissions for a variety of major commercial developments including redevelopment of former BBC Headquarters, Glasgow; demolition and redevelopment of Listed Buildings, 44 Princes Street, Edinburgh; Masterplan and Listed Building Consent for housing redevelopment of former Starthmartine Hospital, Dundee, development of former RAF Club, Edinburgh, and new PBSA in Glasgow for IQ Student Accommodation, delivery of permissions including EIA for major waste management and Energy from Waste facilities, Levenseat Ltd, planning advice for the Dunard Centre Concert Hall, Edinburgh.