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Christopher Boyle

Christopher Boyle QC

YEAR OF CALL 1994CBoyle@landmarkchambers.co.uk

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Christopher was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in November 1994 and he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2013. He joined Landmark Chambers in 2007.

Christopher specialises in Town & Country Planning, Compulsory Purchase, Environmental and Infrastructure Law. He is a member of Planning & Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)and the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA).

Chambers & Partners 2018 described Christopher as, "He's one of the best in the market. His public inquiry advocacy is second to none, and he's also very good in the High Court. Clients love him, inspectors love him, judges love him. He has an incredible ability to get everyone on side and his cross-examination technique is first class.". 

Practice Summary

For over 20 years, Christopher has specialised in Town and Country Planning, Compulsory Purchase, Environmental and Infrastructure Law, acting principally for developers, landowners and scheme promoters.

For the past 15 or more years, this has been dominated by the promotion of major housing schemes across the country, at section 78, local plan and now neighbourhood plan levels. These include past and present promotion of 2,500-8,500 houses at Braintree, 4,000-5,000 at Hert District, 1,200 at South Oxfordshire, 482 at Fleet, and 400 at Newmarket and many schemes of around 100-500 units taking advantage of para’s 49 and 14 of the NPPF. Christopher has a recognised expertise in the issues of Objectively Assessed Need, 5-year land supply and neighbourhood plan matters. At Dawlish he defeated the first ever neighbourhood plan to reach examination. His case Woodcock Holdings v SSCLG represents a milestone case in the approach to para. 49 of the NPPF. His clients include many of the Country’s largest house-builders: Berkeley Homes, Barratt/David Wilson, Crest Nicholson, Persimmon, Gleeson Developments, Croudace, Wates, Rydon Homes and Linden Homes among others. He also regularly acts for landpromoters and landowners directly promoting their own sites. Christopher has advised HS2Ltd on heritage matters and is currently advising the DIO on the redevelopment of Hyde Park Barracks. 

Town centre regeneration CPOs and retail work has in recent years encompassed protecting and extending retail landownership for major investor/owners at Northleigh Park, Wigan, Telford Town Centre, Skelmersdale Town Centre, Eastbourne Town Centre and schemes for Lidl in East London as well as representing Tescos at Wigan Town Centre CPO, Scarborough Building Society at Leeds Town Centre CPO, John Lewis Partnership at Sheffield Town Centre CPO, Victoria Palace Theatre at Victoria Station LUL CPO, the landowner's bank at Margate Dreamland CPO.

Christopher was a founder member of the Compulsory Purchase Association, wrote the PEBA Consultation response to the IPC/DCO process in the 2008 Act and has been involved throughout his practice in significant infrastructure promotion. This has included hybrid bill (Central Railways), TWA (eg the Second Tyne Tunnel; the £500m Mersey Gateway Bridge), and conventional planning and highways CPO (eg Mansfield-Ashfield Regeneration Route; Oakham Bypass).

Christopher has a significant practice in energy, waste, minerals and commercial operations. He promoted a major new Solar Farm in Cambridgeshire, and recycling sites in Oxfordshire. He has promoted and opposed major Energy from Waste plants in Cheshire and Cornwall and a power station DCO at Nottingley. Environmental infrastructure includes a mineral-water bottling plant at Buxton and a waste water treatment plant on the Severn. The highly controversial 9,000 prayer-mat ‘mega-mosque’ which he promoted in Newham for the devout Muslim movement ‘Tablij Jaamat’ presented both conventional and novel issues, calling for both robust and sensitive handling at the 3 week inquiry that ensured.

He is used to working with and leading large multi-disciplinary consultant teams. He has a particular aptitude for understanding and leading detailed and technical environmental evidence and takes obvious relish in the opportunities presented by cross-examination.

Appointments

Secretary, Planning & Environment Bar Association: 2006-2013

Founding committee member, Compulsory Purchase Association: 2006

Chairman, The Georgian Group: July 2015 to date