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Town & Country Planning, Highways and Environmental law

John has appeared at public inquiries into development including retail (food and non-food), town centre mixed use schemes, healthcare facilities, private householder development, housing, purpose built student accommodation, hotel development (including in the countryside), hostels, immigration appeal centres, football stadia, distribution warehousing and motorway service areas.

His planning work also includes promoting infrastructure development such as strategic rail freight interchanges, renewable energy projects, guided bus ways, new roads and major highway improvement schemes. He advises on Development Consent Orders, development plans (including neighbourhood plans) and appears at examinations in public. He has considerable experience in all aspects of planning enforcement.

He has advised on a range of environmental issues including the revocation of greenhouse gas emissions permits, waste and pollution control. He frequently advises on the European Directives and UK Regulations relating to environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment and habitats assessments.

John’s work includes acting for developers at long public inquiries including large distribution warehouses and strategic rail freight interchanges. He has also promoted a number of major road improvement schemes for the Highways England (formerly Highways Agency) including the M4, A2, A21 and A14. He advised on the environmental appraisal aspects of the nuclear National Policy Statement. He recently advised Highways England in relation to proposals to upgrade the A303. He has advised in relation to the registration of village greens and appeared at non-statutory village green inquiries. He advises on and appears at footpath diversion inquiries. Much of his current planning work relates to housing development.

For further information on John’s planning work, highways and environmental law work and examples of cases/ further information please click on the cases tab.

Recent Cases Town & Country Planning, Highways and Environmental Law

R(Norwich Livestock Market Ltd) v Norwich City Council [2018] EWHC 648 – a challenge to the decision of Norwich City Council to sell land on which a cattle market had been operated for many years under the Norwich City Council Act 1984. The Court held that the Council was in breach on sections 4 and 8 of the Act. John acted for the successful claimant. 

Western Road – 1 week public inquiry representing developers for purpose built student accommodation blocks in Leicester (June & September 2016)

Fant Farm – 2 week public inquiry representing developers for residential development on the edge of Maidstone, Kent (January 2017)

Hazel Close – 2 week public inquiry representing developers for residential development on the edge of Crawley Down, Mid-Sussex (February 2017).

North-South Interconnector – represented the Department of Infrastructure (Northern Ireland) at a public inquiry before the Northern Ireland Planning Appeals Commission in relation to an application for a proposed 400kV overhead electricity line connecting the electricity grids of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (February 2017).