"Highly respected for his work across a range of planning matters and has a particular expertise in matters relating to renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure projects, particularly those concerning highways and road bridges. He is praised by sources for his broad planning knowledge." Chamber & Partners UK, 2017 (leading Silk - Band 1)
Douglas Armstrong's principal areas of practice cover Planning, Environmental, Property, Local Government, Administrative, Constitutional and Licensing law. He has appeared at inquiries, hearings and challenges concerned with a wide range of matters including residential and retail development, landfill/waste, mineral, flooding, roads, infrastructure, compulsory purchase, renewable energy generation proposals, enforcement notices, listed buildings and local plans. He has represented developers, planning authorities and special interest groups. Douglas advises on Development Plan policies, large infrastructure (including roads, rail and bridge) proposals, Section 75 Agreements and Performance Bonds and Environmental law issues including contaminated land. He has appeared in the Court of Session in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. Douglas has appeared in the Supreme Court.
Douglas has advised on major public procurement and competition law issues. Douglas has appeared in relation to numerous licensing matters including a number of recent cases in relation to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Civic Government (Scotland) Act. He has advised on Licensing policy under the 2005 Act and in relation to Taxi and Entertainment licenses. He has appeared before Licensing Boards. Douglas has advised on Rating and Valuation matters. He has advised on Core Path Plans and access rights and has appeared in the Lands Tribunal and the Land Court. Douglas has advised numerous local authorities and interested parties on Administrative, Local Government and Election law. Douglas regularly advises on Public Law Matters. He appears at Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has also appeared and advised on Regulatory Crime matters.
Chambers UK Directory:-
(2017) (Leading Silk - Band 1): Highly respected for his work across a range of planning matters and has a particular expertise in matters relating to renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure projects, particularly those concerning highways and road bridges. He is praised by sources for his broad planning knowledge. "He is very approachable and excellent in consultations with clients." "One of Scotland's leading planning seniors. He builds a good rapport with clients, is thorough and accurate in his analysis, and is widely respected by his peers."
(2016) (Leading Silk - Band 1): Handles many of the most high-profile matters and is particularly expert in renewable energy, large scale infrastructure and retail developments. He is recommended by instructing solicitors for his approach to complex contaminated land matters and for his reassuring manner. "He is very experienced and able to present complex planning arguments to the court in a structured and understandable way. He has an outstanding knowledge of all the case law."
(2015) (Leading Silk - Band 1): Acclaimed for his expertise in heavyweight matters across the infrastructure and energy fields. Sources note his impressive background in the environmental aspects of major developments. "He thinks very strategically - there's always a game plan - and he gives very pragmatic, sensible advice." "He very quickly becomes part of the team. He's approachable, an excellent communicator and pretty damn brilliant on his feet."
(2014): A highly experienced silk whose practice is principally focused on planning, environmental and property work. He receives regular instructions from a broad range of clients, including planning authorities, special interest groups and developers. "His thoroughness in preparation is reflected by his eloquence on his feet."
- Vice-Chairman, Terra Firma Chambers, 2008-2012
- Member of various ad hoc committees of the Faculty of Advocates
- Co-Operative Group Ltd v Glasgow City Council 2016 CSOH 88 (Judicial Review)
- Stranoch Wind Farm, Section 36 Consent, 8 July 2016: Reference WIN-170-2000
- Gibson v Scottish Ministers and Scottish Power Renewables (2016) CSIH 31 (expenses)
- Corlic Hill Wind Turbine Appeal, Planning Appeal Ref: PPA-280-2022 (17 May 2016)
- St Andrews Environmental Protections Association Limited v Fife Council (2016) CSIH 22
- Harestanes, Section 36 wind farm, decision of the Scottish Ministers (Case Reference WIN-170-2001)
- Scarborough Muir Group Limited v Scottish Ministers (2016) CSIH 5 (Forth Bridge Crossing case)
- Gibson v Scottish Ministers and Scottish Power Renewables (2016) CSIH 10 (PEO decision)
- Clean Power Properties Limited v South Lanarkshire Council Planning Appeal (PPA-380-2049), decision dated 14 August 2015 - energy from waste proposal.
- Gibson, re Judicial Review (2015) CSOH 41
- Grange Estates and Others v Network Rail, Lands tribunal Scotland, compensation claim for Borders Railway (2015)
- Central Radio Taxis (Tolcross) Limited v City of Edinburgh Council (Sheriff Court 24 March 2015)
- St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Limited v Fife Council  CSOH 27
- Storey Homes v Dumfries & Galloway Council, Planning Appeal (PPA-170-2093), decision dated 23 December 2014 - housing proposal involving noise issues.
- Tesco Stores v Perth & Kinross Council (2014) CSOH 153
- Ross Estates v Scottish Ministers (2014) CSIH 74 (appealed to Supreme Court)
- Trump International v Scottish Ministers and Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited  CSOH 22
- The Firm of Archid v Dundee City Council (2013) CSOH 137
- The Watling Street cases
- Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Scottish Ministers (2013) CSIH 64
- Cairngorms Campaign & Ors v Cairngorms National Park Authority (2013) CSIH 65A; (2012) CSOH 155 (appealed to Supreme Court)
- Tesco Stores Ltd v Dundee City Council (2012) UKSC 13; (2011) SC 457; (2010) CSOH 128
- North Lanarkshire Council v Scottish Ministers (2013) CSIH 58; (2012) CSOH 150
- Robertson Property and Ors v Moray Council and Anr (2012) CSOH 72
- Invergordon Energy from Waste Inquiry 2012
- Penelope Uprichard v Scottish Ministers (2013) UK SC 21; (2012) SC 172; (2010) CSOH 105
- Buzzworks Leisure Ltd v South Ayrshire Licensing Board (2012) SLT 442
- Shore Energy - Energy from Waste Inquiry
- Hallam Land Management Limited v Edinburgh City Council and Anor (2011) SLT 965
- Ross Estates v Scottish Ministers (challenge to Energy for Waste proposal)
- Portobello Waste Transfer Station Inquiry - Appeal by Viridor Waste Management Ltd against the decision by City of Edinburgh Council (8 June 2010)
- ROC UK Limited v City of Edinburgh Licensing Board (2010) SLT (Sh. Ct.) 247
- BP Oil UK Limited v City of Edinburgh Licensing Board (2011) SLT 491
- Penelope Uprichard v Fife Council (2010) SCLR 184
- Commonwealth Games Village CPO Inquiry
- Bar Budda Enforcement Notice Appeal 2009
- Cairngorms National Park Local Plan Inquiry 2009
- Lower Kilmardinny/Westpark Planning Inquiry
- Aviemore Highland Resort Limited v Cairngorms National Park (14 January 2009) and 2009 SLT (Sh.Ct) 97, (2009) SC 121