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Landmark barristers have appeared in most of the significant cases in recent years which have addressed the impacts of development on the countryside and protected landscapes.

Our barristers deal regularly with nationally significant infrastructure projects in the countryside (including a number of road schemes, airports and rail projects including HS2), major housing developments (including numerous strategic urban extensions and new settlements) in protected landscapes and related designations including National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and the Green Belt, and a range of substantial energy, waste and minerals schemes in the countryside.

Recent court highlights include:

  • R (Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) v North Yorkshire County Council [2020] UKSC 3 – Green Belt and minerals extraction;
  • R (Advearse) v Dorset Council [2020] EWHC 807 (Admin);
  • Monkhill Ltd v SSHCLG [2019] EWHC 1993 (Admin);
  • Dover DC v Campaign to Protect Rural England (Kent) [2018] 1 W.L.R. 108 – in which the Supreme Court considered a major housing development in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
  • R (Oakley) v South Cambridgeshire CC [2017] EWCA Civ 71 – where the Court of Appeal dealt with a proposed football stadium in the Green Belt outside Cambridge.
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