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David Ramsay

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David Ramsay MTCP (Hons), MRTPI

David has over 20 years' experience in the planning industry and is lead partner for planning at Vail Williams.  

He specialises in providing strategic direction for each of the five planning teams across the firm, and is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the Solent team, providing planning consultancy advice to clients wishing to develop land for a wide variety of uses.


His planning expertise spans a wide variety of sectors. With the Government’s current focus on housebuilding, a lot of his work is residential but he and his team also advise on complex developments including commercial, healthcare, leisure, education proposals, as well as strategic and immediate planning applications.

With a proven track record of successfully negotiating complex planning consents, both for new clients and through repeat business, David acts for a number of regional and national housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey, Cala and Bargate Homes and Registered Providers such as Vivid and Radian. 

He also advises various care home and extra care providers, to deliver care homes throughout the south east and has worked on Southampton’s first two Build-to-Rent residential schemes, with several others in the pipeline.

In the education sector, he and his team act for Southampton Solent University / Morgan Sindall and the University of Surrey, obtaining planning consent to deliver new University buildings, as well as working with several contractors and Councils to deliver new schools across the South East.

Outside of work David enjoys football, rugby, trail running and various motorsports.

Key Skills

    • Planning advice 

David Ramsay's Case Studies

  • St Mark’s School Southampton Vail Williams was appointed by Southampton City Council to work with Faithful and Gould, Morgan Sind... Read more
  • Developer: St. Modwen Planning permission... Read more
  • Frimley Park Children's Centre The property planning consultancy team was appointed by Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust t... Read more
  • Highcross Strategic Advisers Limited The property planning consultancy team was appointed by Highcross Strategic Advisers Limited (now No... Read more