Matthew’s practice is primarily in planning and environmental, property and non-domestic rating law. He acts for developers, local authorities and a range of individuals and interested parties. He frequently appears in the High Court, public inquiries and examinations, both led and unled.
Recent public inquiry and examination work includes: successfully representing a Rule 6 Party in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a high value development of three homes adjacent to the St John’s Wood Conservation Area; successfully representing a Rule 6 Party at an appeal against the refusal of retrospective planning permission for the conversion of the Cabinet at Reed public house into residential use; and representing a local action group at the Dorset Minerals Site Plan Examination.
Recent High Court cases include successfully defending a judicial review against a local planning authority’s decision to grant retrospective planning permission and representing a primary school in a section 289 appeal following a successful appeal against an enforcement notice to the Secretary of State.
Planning and Environment
Matthew has a broad planning and environmental practice, with experience of advisory, inquiry, and court proceedings.
Matthew advises on all aspects of planning law and his clients include developers, local authorities and non-governmental organisations. Recent advisory work includes:
- The proper construction of amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010
- S.106 contributions and the approach to assessing benchmark land value
- Possible grounds for challenging the grant of planning permission on the basis of bias and pre-determination
- Advice on available compensation in relation to compulsory purchase orders
- Advice on planning enforcement action for breach of conditions attached to a planning permission
- The proper application of NPPF para. 14 where the local planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.
Matthew has experience of planning appeals, both at Inquiry and by written representations. Recent examples include:
- Representing a developer at an inquiry concerning the refusal of a certificate of lawfulness of existing use in relation to the conversion of a house into flats
- Drafting written representations for a residential development where the Local Planning Authority could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply
- Appearing as a junior to Charles Banner at two inquiries in the East Riding of Yorkshire concerning whether the local planning authority could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply and the sustainability of large residential development in the open countryside.
Matthew also undertakes work in respect of development under the Planning Act 2008. Recent examples include:
- Advising on proposed amendments to a development consent order (with David Elvin QC)
- Advising on whether a development amounted to a nationally significant infrastructure project (with Charles Banner).
As a pupil to Matthew Reed QC and Charles Banner, Matthew also has experience of judicial review challenges of planning decisions and challenges under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Matthew’s experience in the above areas traverses several sectors, for example: residential and commercial property, energy (including fracking, anaerobic digestion and renewable energies) and transport (including ports and river navigation).
Matthew has appeared in the County Court and High Court on property related matters and has a busy advisory practice. Recent examples of Matthew’s practice include:
- Advising both tenants and landlords in relation to business tenancies (including sporting tenancies) under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, on a wide range of issues including renewal and termination
- Advising and representing a local authority in relation to a disrepair claim
- Residential possession proceedings in the County Court
- Advising on the validity of property notices
- Advising on land registration matters.
As a pupil to Tom Jefferies, Matthew gained considerable experience of leasehold enfranchisement and restrictive covenants.
Matthew’s property law practice compliments both his planning work and public law work. For example, he has experience during pupillage of development contract litigation involving aspects of both property and planning law, as well as local government advisory work on the proper management of property resources underpinning education provision.
Matthew accepts instructions in all areas of public law. He has appeared in the First-tier Tribunal on immigration matters and in front of Independent Review Panels on school exclusion appeals.
As a pupil to Carine Patry, Matthew gained considerable experience on immigration matters, including immigration judicial review claims.
Prior to joining Chambers, Matthew volunteered with the School Exclusion Project, representing the parents of children who had been permanently excluded from school.
- BA English Language and Literature – University College, University of Oxford
- Graduate Diploma in Law – City University, London
- Bar Professional Training Course – BPP University, London
- Buchanan Prize – Lincoln’s Inn
- Advocacy Scholarship – BPP University
- 1st Place – Property Bar Association Essay Competition 2016
- 1st Place – UK Environmental Law Association Essay Competition 2015
- 1st Place – Blackstones/UH National Criminal Advocacy Competition 2016 (1st place team and individual)
- 3rd Place – Gluckstein Advocacy Competition, Lincoln’s Inn
- 08/11/2018The Cabinet at Reed, Hertfordshire
- 30/10/2018Parchment Street, Chichester
- 29/10/2018Old Chase Farm, Chelmsford
- 25/09/2018Dorset Mineral Site Plan Examination
- 18/09/2018William Court, Hall Road, St John’s Wood, London
- 12/06/2018Old High Street, Headington, Oxford
- 22/05/2018Godfrey Ermen Playing Fields, Abbey Hey, Manchester
- 03/10/2017Melbourne Road, Leyton, London
- 16/08/2017Holme-on-Spalding Moor and Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire
The Cabinet at Reed, Hertfordshire
Matthew appeared for a local action group in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the conversion of the Cabinet pub at Reed into a residential dwelling. The key issues (in respect of which the action group called its own evidence) included heritage (the Cabinet is grade II listed), viability, assets of community value status and intentional unauthorised development.
Old Chase Farm, Chelmsford
Matthew appeared for the local planning authority in an appeal against an enforcement notice alleging a material change of use of agricultural land to commercial storage. The inquiry lasted four days and the key issues included the identification of the planning unit, dormant uses and supervening planning events.
Dorset Mineral Site Plan Examination
Matthew appeared for a local action group opposing the allocation of a cluster of sites over the course of a multi-day examination into the Dorset Mineral Site Plan. Key issues included the impact on designated heritage assets (including conservation areas, grade I listed buildings and scheduled monuments), Strategic Environmental Assessment and biodiversity.
William Court, Hall Road, St John’s Wood, London
Matthew acted for the successful Rule 6 Party in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission by Westminster City Council for a high value development of three homes adjacent to the St John’s Wood Conservation Area. The inquiry lasted for four days and the key issues (all of which the action group called evidence in respect of) included heritage, design, daylight and sunlight, and parking.
Old High Street, Headington, Oxford
Matthew acted for the developer in an appeal against the refusal of a certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development. The appeal concerned the proposed construction of residential dwellings on a site within the Headington Conservation Area relying on an historic planning permission.
Godfrey Ermen Playing Fields, Abbey Hey, Manchester
Matthew acted for the successful applicants in respect of the registration of Godfrey Ermen Playing Fields as a village green. The application was heard by an Inspector at a four day inquiry in May 2018. Key issues included whether the activities of dog walkers were a qualifying sport or pastime and whether the use was without force.
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Holme-on-Spalding Moor and Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire
Matthew appeared for the successful local planning authority (led by Charles Banner) at two multi-week inquiries concerning residential development at Holme-on-Spalding Moor and Pocklington. Both inquiries considered whether the local planning authority were able to demonstrate a five year housing land supply. Other key issues included landscape and visual impact and highways impact.
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