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Jonathan McDermott

Principal Town Planner

Areas of Practice

  • Planning Applications
  • Planning Appeals
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Daylight and Sunlight
  • Flood Risk
  • Retail Impact

Qualification and University

  • MA (Merit) University of Westminster
  • BSc(Hons) University of Portsmouth


  • Royal Town Planning Institute

Personal Information

Jon enjoys football, snooker, golf and swimming. Jon is a supporter of Portsmouth Football Club.

Blog Articles


Professional Profile

Development Management

Jon started his Planning Career at Portsmouth City Council in 2002. Graduating from Planning Assistant to Senior Planning Officer Jon has been involved in Major Developments on sites within the City and its environs. Jon’s specialises is urban development and flood risk and currently frequently achieved EA acceptance of Flood Risk Assessments. In 2012 Jon became the first planner in Portsmouth in five years to achieve new dwellings in the High Hazard Flood Risk Area.   


Jon has been in private consultancy since April 2010 and is presently Principal Town Planner for the Town Planning Experts. In line with his Local Government Experience Jon specialises in urban development but has developed a deep understanding of local plan policy and process for authorities across the UK and uses this knowledge and experience to find solutions to issues arising in development opportunities.     

Appeal Performance

Jon consistently performs well at appeal applying Case Law and policy in order to achieve the desired outcome. Jon’s recent successes have been reported in Planning Magazine