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Stephen Morgan

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Stephen has always specialised in planning and related fields of law, having graduated in both law and planning. His experience, both as adviser and advocate, covers the range of planning and related topics, including major infrastructure projects and in particular waste and energy facilities; his work  covers the regulatory aspects (under the various regimes and Directives) as well as the planning issues. This also includes extensive experience of village greens, highways, advertisements, heritage assets and compulsory purchase and compensation. This work is for both the private and public sectors. It covers hearings, inquiries, criminal and civil courts, including advising and appearing in judicial review and statutory challenge proceedings. Stephen employs a strategic and practical approach to advising and representing clients and seeking solutions that might avoid expensive litigation. He prefers to adopt a calm but firm approach to this but adjusted to fit the circumstances. Stephen is also keen on making full use of modern technology to research problems and find information and solutions and delivering these to his clients and, as far as possible, being contactable and available at their convenience.

Stephen is recommended by Chambers & Partners 2014 as a leading planning law junior, which states that, "He is exactly the sort of pragmatic and approachable counsel that clients love." The Legal 500 2013 also ranks Stephen as a leading junior in planning law.

Stephen’s experience covers the whole range of residential, retail, leisure/community and commercial developments (including urban extensions as well as major regeneration schemes), as well the other specific types of development and projects. His work spans all aspects including – developing strategy before and after the necessary consents are sought; in relation to development plan proposals; advising on responding to officers and other consultees; getting around objections; considering conditions or covenants to cover concerns; legal agreements; assisting in written representations as well as hearings, including appearances and in preparing for and appearing at inquiries. Stephen is very familiar with the “technical” aspects including the sequential approach in terms of town centre development as well that in respect of flooding as well as other technical aspects of development such as highways, noise, air quality, contamination and archaeology. He has also has extensive experience in design issues in relation to the whole range of development types. As well as promoting schemes, Stephen has also always worked with local authority teams – including in relation to applications, appeals and formulation and promotion of development plans.

This work covers not just planning application appeals and call-ins but also enforcement notice appeals, certificate of lawfulness appeals, listed buildings enforcement notices. Stephen’s village green work involves him in advising registration authorities and sitting as an inspector; advising and appearing at inquiries on behalf of applicants and objectors; he also appears in the High Court in relation to these matters.

Stephen is also very familiar with the Welsh planning legal and policy context, having been involved in several major development schemes there. Additionally, he has gained extensive experience of other jurisdictions in the above fields. Stephen has in particular extensive experience of the Isle of Man planning system, including appearing at numerous inquiries on the Island.

Stephen regularly gives presentations on both as part of the Landmark Chambers seminar series but also at other major events. Recently these have covered the proposed reforms to village green legislation and procedure, enforcement, energy projects, localism and neighbourhood planning – Stephen has a particular interest on how those new powers can be used and the opportunities and implications they may bring.

Stephen is married with three children and spends his leisure time following Southampton FC, bird watching, playing squash and being a general roadie for his son's band. Stephen also has a passion for music both live and recorded.

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