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Planning & Environmental Law

Admas’ recent planning work includes: 

  • appearing (as junior to Tim Corner QC) for Magdalen College, Oxford at an appeal inquiry in relation to a proposed student residential development in Oxford raising issues of heritage impact;

  • appearing (as junior to Richard Turney) for the developer at an inquiry appealing the refusal of permission for a proposed residential development in Kent; the appeal raised issues relating to the assessment of sustainability for a residential development outside a settlement boundary, and the weight to be attached to out-of-date housing supply policies

  • appearing at a local plan inquiry for Friends of the Earth

  • appearing for the appellant at a two-day enforcement inquiry raising issues of abandonment of residential use, 5-year housing supply, and the principle of development in an AONB

  • appearing for the planning authority in a two-day enforcement inquiry raising issues of the principle of development in an AONB and the meaning of a ‘building’ for the purposes of s.171B of the TCPA

  • acting for the developer in a 3-day trial in the Magistrates’ Court on a challenge to a section 215 notice on both statutory and public law grounds

  • appearing for a planning authority in a judicial review challenge on EIA grounds to the grant of permission for expansion of a waste-water treatment plant

  • acting for an interested party resisting a residential development on a school playing field in judicial review proceedings. 

Admas also has experience of advising on a wide range of planning matters, including: contaminated land; highways issues (seeking stopping up orders under the Highways Act and the TCPA), Green Belt and AONB policy, air quality issues under the Habitats Directive, the Community Infrastructure Levy, compulsory purchase, listed buildings and conservation areas (including prosecution for listed building offences), lawful use certificates, non-material amendments to planning permissions, applications to amend conditions, and planning obligations. 

Admas takes a particular interest in environmental law, whether arising in the context of planning disputes or otherwise, and has experience of advising and drafting statements of case in relation to challenges to environmental permits granted under the 2010 Regulations. 

As a pupil to Guy WilliamsDan Kolinsky QC and James Maurici QC, Admas gained exposure to a wide range of planning and environmental law matters including advisory, inquiry and High Court work, including: 

  • assisting James Maurici QC in advising on airport runway expansion

  • Stoke Poges Parish Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 1772 (Admin): a challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to allow an appeal against the local planning authority’s refusal of a prior approval (as a pupil to Guy Williams)

  • Broadview Energy Developments v Secretary of State [2015] EWHC 1743 (Admin): an apparent bias challenge based on contact between a local MP and a minister in parliament (as a pupil to Dan Kolinsky QC).