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Christopher Boyle QC

Call: 1994Silk: 2013
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Practice Summary

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).

Christopher is described in the directories as “an excellent advocate with a real speciality in housing and large schemes.Chambers and Partners 2022, Planning.Christopher is an outstanding planning silk, an excellent public inquiry advocate and also very good in the High Court.” Legal 500, 2022, Planning. “He can master technical evidence with alacrity, his cross-examination is highly forensic and his energetic, enthusiastic approach gets the best out of everyone.” “He’s got very good judgement and he’s committed to the subject.” Chambers & Partners, 2021, Planning. He provides excellent strategic advice, combined with technical skills of the highest level.” “He is Mr Housing.” “He is well prepared, well informed and has a very analytical brain.” Chambers & Partners, 2020, Planning.

For over 25 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 20 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, 4,500 in the wirral and 400 at Newmarket Hatchfield farm and many schemes of around 100-500 units taking advantage of para’s 11 of the NPPF. Christopher has a recognised expertise in the issues of housing, 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 the then para. 14 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 and Rydon Homes among others. He also regularly acts for landpromoters landed estate and landowners directly promoting their own sites. His work with the Prince’s foundation and the Build Better Build Beautiful commission gives him an insight into the government’s ‘beauty agenda’.

Town centre regeneration CPOs and retail work has 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.

Christopher has a significant practice in energy, waste, minerals and commercial operations. Most recently, promoted a major new EFW at Horsham. Environmental infrastructure includes a mineral-water bottling plant at Buxton and a waste water treatment plant on the Severn.

He has particular expertise in matters concerning European protected sites, advising developer interests in respect of habitats, species, nutrients, neutrality and off-setting. He is currently advising the Home builders federation on the issue if water neutrality.

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

Queen’s Council 2013

Chairman, The Georgian Group: July 2015 to Sept 2020

Qualifications

BA (Hons)(Oxon) – Jurisprudence (Merton College, Oxford)

Inquiries

2022:
February: Raughmere Farm, Chichester – s.78 appeal, for Berkeley Strategic
2021:
December: Posbrook Lane, Tichfield, Fareham – s.78 appeal for Foreman Homes
October: Oakcroft Lane, Stubbington, Fareham – s.78 appeal for Persimmon Homes
October: Pond Close, Overton, Basingstoke – s.78 for Bargate Homes
August: Romsey Avenue, Porchester – s.78 appeal for Foreman Homes
July: Sandy Lane, Henfield – s.78 appeal for Fairfax Acquisitions
June: Newgate Lane East, Fareham – s.78 appeal for Bargate/Vivid
March: Rosedean Farm, Woking – s. 78 for Fairfax Acquisitions
March: Birchgrove Road, Horstead Keynes – s.78 appeal for Fairfax Acquisitions
February: Newgate Lane North/South, Fareham – s.78 appeal for Bargate/Vivid
February: Wye College, Wye, Kent – s.78 appeals (3) for Telereal Trillium
2020:
October: Tonbridge & Malling Local Plan – Local Plan objection for Croudace
February: Southwater Neighbourhood Plan Examination – NP objection for Berkeley Strategic
February: Allington Road, Newick – s.78 for Fairfax Properties
February: Houblons Hill, Cooperssale, Essex – s.78 for Bradleigh Investments
February: Hawley Park Farm, Hartley Wintney – s.78 appeal for Crest Nicholson South
January: Frith Manor, East Grinstead – s.78 appeal for FCP Land Ltd
2019:
December: Brookhouse Farm, Burghfield – s.78 appeal for JPP Land/Spitfire
November: Runnymede Local Plan – Local Plan objection for Crest Nicholson
November: Wealden Energy from Waste Plant, Horsham – s. 78 appeal for Britannia Crest
October: Beaufort Park, Bracknell – s. 78 for JPP Land and Hodge Developments
September: The Elms, Thame – s.78 appeal for Rectory Homes
September: Friars Oak, London Road, Hassocks – s.78 for Rydon Homes
August: Sandy Lane, Henfield – s.78 appeal for Fairfax Acquisitions
June: Hatchfield Farm, Newmarket – s.78 appeal for Lord Derby
April: Sandford, North Somerset – s.78 appeal for Strongvox
January: Firethorne Farm, Ewhurst – s.78 for Fairfax Acquisitions
2017:
December: Housing – s.78 at East Molesey for Langham Homes
November: Housing – s.78 at Congresbury for Strongvox Homes
October: Housing – Forest Heath Local Plan Examination for Lord Derby
September: Housing – s.78 at Wrington
July: Housing – s.78 Fleet for Berkeley Strategic
June: Housing- s.77 at Hassocks for Rydon Homes
May: Housing – s.78 at Bournemouth
May: Housing – s.78 at Sayers Common
May: Housing – s.78 at Lindfield for Wates Developments
April: Housing – s.78 at Portchester for Persimmon Homes
February: Housing – s.78 at Crawley Down for Wates Developments
January: Housing – s.78 at Ticehurst for Rydon Homes
2016:
December: Housing – s.78 at Colden Common for Bargate Homes
November: Housing – s.78 at Thatcham for Croudace Homes
October: Housing – s.78 at West Chiltington for landowner
October: Housing – s.78 at Crawley Down for Wates Development
September: Minerals – Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy examination
September: Housing – Winchester examination for Bargate Homes
September: Housing – s.78 at Bournemouth for landowner
August: Housing – s.78 at Drayton for Strongvox Homes
August: Housing – s.78 at Sandford for Strongvox Homes
July: Housing – s.78 at Swindon for Hills UK Ltd
June: Housing – West Berkshire DPD examination for Croudace Homes
May: Housing – s.78 at Woodmancote for Crest Nicholson
May: Housing – s.78 at Ringmer for Croudace Homes
March: Energy – s.78 Solar Farm in Cambridgeshire
March: Housing – s.78 at Kentford for Meddler Properties Ltd
January: Housing – s.78 at Stanton Harcourt for Sheehan Ltd
January: Housing – s.78 at Ovingdean for Lightwood Strategic
2015:
December: Housing – s.78 at Kingswood for Crest Nicholson
December: Housing – s.78 at St. Ives for Gonwin Developments
November: Housing – s.77 at Haddenham for Lightwood Strategic
October: Housing – s.78 at Netley
October: Leisure – s.78 at University College School for UCS
August: Housing – s.78 at Ringmer for Gleeson Developments
July: Housing – s.78 at Temple Cloud for Barratt
July: Housing – Horsham Local Plan for Berkeley Strategic
June: Housing – s.78 at Maidstone for Croudace Strategic
May: Housing – Cornwall Local Plan for landowner
April: Housing – 3 week s.78 at Newmarket for landowner
March: Housing – s.78 at Hassocks for Gleesons
February: Waste – s.78 at Oxford for re-cycling operator
January: Housing – s. 78 at Nunney for Barratts
January: Housing – s. 78 at Selborne for landowner

Cases

2022:
January: R (oao Village Concerns) v Wealdon DC & Swansea Enterprise Corporation [hearing 12.1.2022]
Challenge by third parties to planning permission re conditions on reserved matters & housing mix
2021:
November: R (oao Gallagher Ventures Ltd) v SSHCLG & Torbay Council [2021] EWHC 3007 (Admin)
Challenge to CLOPUD appeal, interpretation of planning permission; intrinsic/extrinsic evidence
2019:
July: Eastleigh Borough Council v SSCLG & Foreman Homes [2019] EWHC […..] Admin
Challenge by LPA to planning permission granted on appeal; highway safety, rationality and reasons; 5 year HLS and approach to out of date policies.
2017:
October: Moulton Parish Council & Lord Derby v SSCLG [2017]; quashing refusal of permission
2016:
June: Ali v SSCLG [2016]; Mosque challenge
January: Skelmersdale Ltd v West Lancashire Borough Council [2016]; Retail conditions
2015:
March: Distinctive Properties Ltd v. SSCLG [2015]; TPOs and Tree Replacement Orders
February: Woodcock Holdings Ltd v SSCLG [2015]; Neighbourhood Plans and 5 year land supply

 

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