Matthew Reed QC

Call: 1995Silk: 2017
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Practice Summary

Matthew was called in 1995 and practices in planning, environmental, local government and local government-related property law.

Matthew was ranked as a leading junior in the planning sections of Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500 and Planning Magazine from 2008 until he took silk in 2017. Since taking silk, he continues to be ranked as a leader in all three lists. The guides say “he has a phenomenal intellect and clients enjoy working with him. Nothing seems to faze him”, “his planning knowledge is excellent” with “approachability and commitment”, “he is a strong advocate who relates well to clients.” “A brilliant new silk, he’s great on the detail and always well prepared.”,  he “is extremely capable in advocacy and cross-examination – you know you have given your client the best shot”, “a very good choice for the diffcult cases”; “a leading junior, excellent at leading detailed cases at inquiry”, “tenacious, meticulous and thorough in cross-examination”, “especially valued for his expertise in cases that combine elements of planning, real estate and environmental law”,  “a thorough and efficient handling of cases” and “a first-choice barrister for anything contentious”.

Matthew routinely appears in all the courts of record including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Courts and the High Court as well as the criminal courts, Parliament and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  He acts for developers, local authorities and NGOs.  He has appeared in over 50 reported Court cases and 70 significant inquiries and hearings.

His recent 2019 work has comprised housing development projects involving 3000 houses, major minerals sites new road compulsory purchase projects, energy from waste power stations, transport and work act orders, development agreement arbitrations, developments affecting grade 1 listed buildings, habitat regulations cases, local plan promotion and major planning enforcement and POCA orders.

Planning and Local Government

Within the planning field, Matthew acts for private clients and local authorities.  He has wide experience in a number of forums, including:

  • Appeals;
  • Called-in applications;
  • High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court challenges.
  • Development plan examinations; and
  • Enforcement matters including representation in the Magistrate, Crown and High Courts;

He has both promoted and objected to large scale housing and retail schemes, industrial developments and infrastructure projects; projects have included a large number of windfarm and renewable energy schemes as well as stadia and port developments. He has promoted waste transfer facilities through appeals and represented authorities objecting to them.

He successfully challenged the East of England and South East England Regional Spatial Strategies. He appeared in St Albans District Council v Hunston Properties [2013] EWCA 1610, the landmark decision on the interpretation of NPPF housing policy and the Supreme Court case addressing the giving of reasons in planning decisions, Dover District Council v CPRE [2017] UKSC 79. He acted for the Appellant in the landmark Supreme Court case addressing the interpretation of planning permissions in Lambeth Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government [2019].

He also represents local authorities and defendants in criminal planning cases both in the Magistrates and Crown Courts and has done a large number of cases arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 including in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division.

Local Government, Compulsory Purchase and Property Law

Other areas of local government work include compulsory purchase and compensation cases in which he has appeared at inquiries and in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  He has promoted CPOs on housing, highway and regeneration projects and acted for claimants and objectors to numerous compulsory purchase schemes. Matthew’s compensation practice has dealt with a wide-range of matters, including mining and railway projects. In Parliament, Matthew has represented local authorities objecting to Crossrail and promoting private bills in the Lords.

Since taking silk, Matthew has advised on development agreements for major corporations and their interrelationship with the planning system.  In 2018, he was involved in a significant arbitration concerning planning exclusions in a conditional contract.   He is regularly involved in cases involving the crossover between property law (covenants and other rights) and the planning system.

He is a member of the Bar’s parliamentary practitioner association, the Parliamentary Bar Mess. He is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

Environment

In the environmental field, Matthew has particular expertise in contaminated land matters, appearing at the first special site contaminated land case in the country, representing major corporations in contaminated land appeals and remediation notice cases and appearing in the High Court on contaminated land issues. He was the environmental permitting (pollution) section contributor of the Oxford University Press Environmental Law and authored waste chapter of Garner’s Environmental Law. He has acted on cases concerned with the permitting process in the heavy industry sector (pottery works, oil and petrochemicals). He has dealt with major infrastructure projects in the environmental field (oil, mining, housing and rail) and has represented two local authorities in a draft water resources management plan inquiry for the Thames Water area.  He is currently promoting a major enabling development project for a substantial contaminated land site.

In Matthew’s highways law practice, he has represented clients on rights of way and highway (including major road) inquiries and has appeared in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal on traffic regulation and New Roads and Street Works cases.

He is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association and was a contributor to Environmental Law (OUP, 2008) and Garner’s Environmental Law until 2016.

Qualifications

Matthew read history at King’s College, Cambridge. He has an MA in Law from City University and was a Middle Temple Jules Thorn Scholar. He is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association and is a contributor to Environmental Law (OUP, 2008). Matthew is happy to contribute articles or speak at seminars.

Matthew is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and a member of the Parliamentary Bar Mess. He is also a qualified ADR Group Accredited Mediator.

Recommendations

He has been described in Chambers & Partners as:

  • “He has a phenomenal intellect and clients enjoy working with him. Nothing seems to faze him”.
  • “His planning knowledge is excellent” with “approachability and commitment”.
  • “He is a strong advocate who relates well to clients.” “A brilliant new silk, he’s great on the detail and always well prepared.”
  • “one of the most hard-working, determined barristers around. He has a very good knowledge of planning law, especially with environmental issues, and is extremely capable in advocacy and cross-examination – you know you have given your client the best shot. A very good choice for the difficult cases”; he is described as “a leading junior, excellent at leading detailed cases at inquiry”.
  • “tenacious, meticulous and thorough in cross-examination”.
  • “especially valued for his expertise in cases that combine elements of planning, real estate and environmental law”.
  • “solid and straightforward”.
  • “He will go far as he is very driven”.
  • “A top choice for local authorities seeking a well-regarded junior with a range of experience. He has particular expertise in the housing sector”.
  • “regarded as one of the top planning juniors currently working in the field. He excels in a wide range of cases including appeals at all levels, enforcement matters and the promotion of or objection to development in the residential, retail and industrial sectors. His work for both government bodies and private corporations has earned him an excellent profile”.
  • “His strengths are his seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm for the matter, together with the immense amount of preparation and ability to cross-refer to the evidence.”
  • “He has a very good mind and is fantastically talented. I am not at all surprised that he got silk.”
  • “His work for both government bodies and private corporations has earned him an excellent profile in the market”.

The Legal 500 comments on Matthew:

  • “his knowledge of planning law is second to none”,
  • “a thorough and efficient handling of cases”.
  • “a first-choice barrister for anything contentious”.
  • “He has excellent knowledge of planning and public law.”
  • “He is accessible and approachable”.

Inquiries

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Copthorne Road

29/05/2019

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East West Rail project

15/02/2019

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Poynton Relief Road, Cheshire

21/11/2018

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Energy from Waste Power Station, Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon

13/06/2018

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Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Windsor

15/12/2017

Listed building enforcement case addressing heritage and hotel operation issues.

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Singledge Lane, Dover

01/08/2017

Successful appeal relating to substantial housing development and safeguarded motorway route.

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Hampton Riviera

04/07/2017

Appeal relating to proposed development on the Thames.

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Palace Gardens, London, W8

23/05/2017

Residential appeal in central London.

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Nexus Schools Trust, Farnborough

28/03/2017

Appeal into extension of London school, representing the appellant, raising highways, educational need and green belt issues.

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South Cambridgeshire Local Plan examination

23/03/2017

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Luton Borough Council Local Plan examination

07/02/2017

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St Albans Local Plan examination October 2016

03/10/2016

Representing the local authority, addressing, in particular, duty to cooperate issues.

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Oaklands College, Hertfordshire, 2016

16/05/2016

Called-in proposal for redevelopment of college.

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Inquiries

London Road, St Albans, 2016

08/03/2016

Development of elderly persons accommodation involving need analysis and tree preservation orders.

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Inquiries

Hanstead, Hertfordshire, 2016

09/02/2016

Proposal for redevelopment of major developed site in the Green Belt involving affordable housing viability analyses.

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Inquiries

Bisham, Berkshire, 2016

12/01/2016

Inquiry into Green Belt school proposal, acting for third parties.

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Inquiries

West End, Woking, 2015

16/09/2015

Promoting development of 150 houses in SPA mitigation zone; appeal allowed.

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Inquiries

Scartho, Lincolnshire, 2015

23/06/2015

Acting for Cyden Homes promoting 250 house development; appeal allowed.

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Inquiries

Route 39 Academy, North Devon, 2015

02/06/2015

Acting for Education Funding Agency promoting an academy in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden, 2015

17/03/2015

Appeal involving 350 house scheme in Essex acting for third party objector; appeal dismissed.

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Under the Hill, South Downs National Park, 2015

06/01/2015

Acting for the local authority in a housing development scheme; appeal dismissed

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Selborne, South Downs National Park Authority, 2015

06/01/2015

Acting for the planning authority in a refusal of permission for housing in the National Park. The appeal was dismissed.

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Sussex Road, Petersfield, South Downs National Park, 2014

09/09/2014

Acting for the National Park authority defending a decision to refuse planning permission for housing in the national park.

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Action Park, Essex, 2014

08/07/2014

Acting for the appellant in an inquiry into a motocross and adventure park in the Green Belt.

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Inquiries

BRE, Hertfordshire, 2014

01/07/2014

Defending the planning authority’s decision to refuse permission for enabling development in the Green Belt.

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Portland Academy, Dorset, 2014

14/01/2014

Promoting an 1100 pupil academy for the Education Funding Agency at inquiry. The appeal was allowed.

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Essex County Minerals Local Plan, 2013

14/11/2013

Promoting the Local Plan in examination into the Local Plan.

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Orchard Wharf, Tower Hamlets, London, 2013

23/04/2013

Defending the decision of the local authority to refuse permission for the development of a major wharf project on the Thames opposite the Greenwich Dome and listed East India Dock. The appeal was dismissed.

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8 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London, 2013

06/02/2013

Defending the decision of the Borough Council to refuse permission for the redevelopment of the London Fire Brigade headquarters. The appeal was dismissed.

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Sewell Park, St Albans, 2013

05/02/2013

Defending the decision of the local planning authority to refuse permission for housing in the Green Belt. The appeal was dismissed.

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Nansen Road, Wandsworth, 2013

30/01/2013

CPO inquiry under the Housing Act 1985 for the authority. The order was confirmed.

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Inquiries

Elsenham Quarry, Essex, 2012

23/10/2012

Defending the decision of the County Council to refuse permission for a major quarry extension; the appeal was dismissed.

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Windmill Golf Club, Milton Keynes

17/07/2012

Defending an authority decision to refuse permission to development open space in central Milton Keynes. The appeal was dismissed.

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Greenacres, Essex

01/05/2012

Defending the local authority’s decision to refuse permission for major waste recycling plant in the countryside, involving waste need arguments.

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Inquiries

Long Acre, Essex

24/04/2012

Defending a mixed scheme in a Green Belt enforcement case involving NPPF exception tests. The appeal was allowed.

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Harpenden Road, Harpenden

20/03/2012

Resisting development in the Green Belt involving 5 year land supply issues. The appeal was dismissed.

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Stanton, Suffolk

13/03/2012

Promoting a development of major houses in the countryside. The appeal was allowed.

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Wayford Bridge, Broads National Park, 2012

01/01/2012

Promoting housing in inquiry in the National Park; the appeal was allowed.

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Inquiries

Cogges Link Road Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry, Oxfordshire

20/09/2011

An inquiry into a substantial proposed relief for Witney, Oxford.

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Hampton Park II, Salisbury

04/05/2011

An inquiry into the local authority’s decision to refuse permission for a 300 house scheme on the north of Salisbury. The appeal was allowed, contrary to the Inspector’s recommendation.

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Beaumont School, St Albans

05/04/2011

Inquiry into a 120 unit housing appeal along with enabling development for a school.

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Inquiries

Palm Nurseries, Guildford

01/01/2011

Inquiry concerning a section 78 appeal for a Gypsy site.

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Maldon windfarm inquiry

01/01/2011

Inquiry relating to a 9 turbine windfarm in Maldon District.

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Inquiries

Thames Water Management Plan

15/06/2010

Inquiry into the proposed water resources provision in the Thames Water area, representing Oxford County Council and Vale of White Horse.

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Wallace Way, Hitchin

01/03/2010

Inquiry into the largest fragmentising waste facility in Hertfordshire.

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Railfreight Terminal, St Albans, November 2009

01/11/2009

Inquiry into a strategic railfreight project accessing the Midland Mainline railway and proposing over 1,000,000 sq ft of floorspace

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Inquiries

Grise wind farm, Lake District

01/10/2009

Inquiry into wind farm proposal within the vicinity of the Skelton aerial mast; acting for the local planning authority. Appeal dismissed.

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Berrier Hill wind farm, Lake District

08/09/2009

Inquiry into a wind farm proposal on boundary of Lake District National Park, representing the National Park authority and district council.

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Oaklands College, St Albans

02/03/2009

Call-in inquiry into proposed redevelopment of college in Green Belt.

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Inquiries

Oaklands College, St Albans

02/03/2009

Call-in inquiry into proposed redevelopment of college in Green Belt.

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Inquiries

Tottenham High Road

05/01/2009

Appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse permission for housing in a conservation area.

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Inquiries

Mixed Office and Residential Development of land at TRL Headquarters, Bracknell Forest

08/10/2008

Proposals for a large scale redevelopment in Bracknell Forest, representing the neighbouring authority in respect of highway and need objections.

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Inquiries

West Berkshire Green Composting Processing Appeal

18/09/2008

Promoting a scheme for a green composting appeal within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Inquiries

Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club

04/09/2008

Proposal to redevelop a hotel and golf country club in the Hertfordshire Green Belt.

Representing local authority in support of the proposal.

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Inquiries

Cumbria Windfarm Inquiry (Hoff Moor)

11/03/2008

Proposed large-scale windfarm within Eden District on open moorland.

The appeal was dismissed.

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Strategic Railfreight Interchange, St Albans

01/12/2007

Proposed strategic interchange in the Green Belt representing two authorities.

The appeal was dismissed.

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Inquiries

Port gains approval in Thames Gateway

01/07/2007

Landmark barristers played a significant part in securing planning permission after years of delay for a major port scheme in the Thames Gateway.

The London Gateway scheme at Shellhaven will be comprised of up to seven container vessel berths and a roll-on-roll-off facility along 2.7km of the quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery in Thurrock.

Developer DP World plans to invest about 1.5 billion in the project over the next 10 to 15 years. Construction is planned to begin later this year, with the first occupiers being in place within 12 to 18 months and the port operational from 2010.

The port will provide 1,900 jobs, with thousands more in a logistics and business park next to the port. A public inquiry into the development was held in 2003. An inspector recommended conditions to mitigate the scheme’s impact, particularly on the roads network.

The government issued two letters of approval. No development could take place until its concerns over congestion were allayed, it insisted. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: “It has taken time to finalise this decision. But it was right to consider it carefully.”

Christopher Katkowski QC promoted and was instructed by MacFarlanes, David Forsdick represented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), David Smith represented the Treasury Solicitors, Eian Caws represented the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), Nathalie Lieven QC represented Transco (British Gas) and William Hicks QC and Matthew Reed represented BP Oil.

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Inquiries

Enfield Town Tower Block Development

01/01/2007

Proposal to promote largest tower block redevelopment in Enfield town centre.

The appeal was successful.

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Inquiries

Sandridge Special Site

01/01/2007

Defending a company made responsible under an Environmental Protection Act remediation notice for contamination from former chemical works.

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Inquiries

Thames Gateway inquiry

01/06/2005

Landmark barristers played a significant part in securing planning permission after years of delay for a major port scheme in the Thames Gateway.

The London Gateway scheme at Shellhaven will be comprised of up to seven container vessel berths and a roll-on-roll-off facility along 2.7km of the quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery in Thurrock.

Developer DP World plans to invest about 1.5 billion in the project over the next 10 to 15 years. The port will provide 1,900 jobs, with thousands more in a logistics and business park next to the port. A public inquiry into the development was held in 2003. An inspector recommended conditions to mitigate the scheme’s impact, particularly on the roads network.

The government issued two letters of approval. No development could take place until its concerns over congestion were allayed, it insisted. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: “It has taken time to finalise this decision. But it was right to consider it carefully.”

Christopher Katkowski QC promoted and was instructed by MacFarlanes, David Forsdick represented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), David Smith represented the Treasury Solicitors, Eian Caws represented the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), Nathalie Lieven QC represented Transco (British Gas) and William Hicks QC and Matthew Reed represented BP Oil.

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Inquiries

London Borough of Waltham Forest Unitary Development Plan

01/01/2005

Advocate for the local authority promoting the Council’s unitary development plan.

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London Gateway

01/01/2003

An appeal into a proposed port and strategic railfreight facility, representing neighbouring oil refinery.

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Inquiries

Barnfield Drive, Chichester

01/12/2000

Representing the local authority, defending the decision to grant permission for an out of town shopping centre.

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Inquiries

Copthorne Road

29/05/2019

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Inquiries

East West Rail project

15/02/2019

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Inquiries

Poynton Relief Road, Cheshire

21/11/2018

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Inquiries

Energy from Waste Power Station, Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon

13/06/2018

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Inquiries

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Windsor

15/12/2017

Listed building enforcement case addressing heritage and hotel operation issues.

:

Inquiries

Singledge Lane, Dover

01/08/2017

Successful appeal relating to substantial housing development and safeguarded motorway route.

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Inquiries

Hampton Riviera

04/07/2017

Appeal relating to proposed development on the Thames.

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Inquiries

Palace Gardens, London, W8

23/05/2017

Residential appeal in central London.

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Inquiries

Nexus Schools Trust, Farnborough

28/03/2017

Appeal into extension of London school, representing the appellant, raising highways, educational need and green belt issues.

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Inquiries

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan examination

23/03/2017

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Inquiries

Luton Borough Council Local Plan examination

07/02/2017

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Inquiries

St Albans Local Plan examination October 2016

03/10/2016

Representing the local authority, addressing, in particular, duty to cooperate issues.

:

Inquiries

Oaklands College, Hertfordshire, 2016

16/05/2016

Called-in proposal for redevelopment of college.

:

Inquiries

London Road, St Albans, 2016

08/03/2016

Development of elderly persons accommodation involving need analysis and tree preservation orders.

:

Inquiries

Hanstead, Hertfordshire, 2016

09/02/2016

Proposal for redevelopment of major developed site in the Green Belt involving affordable housing viability analyses.

:

Inquiries

Bisham, Berkshire, 2016

12/01/2016

Inquiry into Green Belt school proposal, acting for third parties.

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Inquiries

West End, Woking, 2015

16/09/2015

Promoting development of 150 houses in SPA mitigation zone; appeal allowed.

:

Inquiries

Scartho, Lincolnshire, 2015

23/06/2015

Acting for Cyden Homes promoting 250 house development; appeal allowed.

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Inquiries

Route 39 Academy, North Devon, 2015

02/06/2015

Acting for Education Funding Agency promoting an academy in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Inquiries

Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden, 2015

17/03/2015

Appeal involving 350 house scheme in Essex acting for third party objector; appeal dismissed.

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Inquiries

Under the Hill, South Downs National Park, 2015

06/01/2015

Acting for the local authority in a housing development scheme; appeal dismissed

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Inquiries

Selborne, South Downs National Park Authority, 2015

06/01/2015

Acting for the planning authority in a refusal of permission for housing in the National Park. The appeal was dismissed.

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Inquiries

Sussex Road, Petersfield, South Downs National Park, 2014

09/09/2014

Acting for the National Park authority defending a decision to refuse planning permission for housing in the national park.

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Inquiries

Action Park, Essex, 2014

08/07/2014

Acting for the appellant in an inquiry into a motocross and adventure park in the Green Belt.

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Inquiries

BRE, Hertfordshire, 2014

01/07/2014

Defending the planning authority’s decision to refuse permission for enabling development in the Green Belt.

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Inquiries

Portland Academy, Dorset, 2014

14/01/2014

Promoting an 1100 pupil academy for the Education Funding Agency at inquiry. The appeal was allowed.

:

Inquiries

Essex County Minerals Local Plan, 2013

14/11/2013

Promoting the Local Plan in examination into the Local Plan.

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Inquiries

Orchard Wharf, Tower Hamlets, London, 2013

23/04/2013

Defending the decision of the local authority to refuse permission for the development of a major wharf project on the Thames opposite the Greenwich Dome and listed East India Dock. The appeal was dismissed.

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Inquiries

8 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London, 2013

06/02/2013

Defending the decision of the Borough Council to refuse permission for the redevelopment of the London Fire Brigade headquarters. The appeal was dismissed.

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Inquiries

Sewell Park, St Albans, 2013

05/02/2013

Defending the decision of the local planning authority to refuse permission for housing in the Green Belt. The appeal was dismissed.

:

Inquiries

Nansen Road, Wandsworth, 2013

30/01/2013

CPO inquiry under the Housing Act 1985 for the authority. The order was confirmed.

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Inquiries

Elsenham Quarry, Essex, 2012

23/10/2012

Defending the decision of the County Council to refuse permission for a major quarry extension; the appeal was dismissed.

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Inquiries

Windmill Golf Club, Milton Keynes

17/07/2012

Defending an authority decision to refuse permission to development open space in central Milton Keynes. The appeal was dismissed.

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Inquiries

Greenacres, Essex

01/05/2012

Defending the local authority’s decision to refuse permission for major waste recycling plant in the countryside, involving waste need arguments.

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Inquiries

Long Acre, Essex

24/04/2012

Defending a mixed scheme in a Green Belt enforcement case involving NPPF exception tests. The appeal was allowed.

:

Inquiries

Harpenden Road, Harpenden

20/03/2012

Resisting development in the Green Belt involving 5 year land supply issues. The appeal was dismissed.

:

Inquiries

Stanton, Suffolk

13/03/2012

Promoting a development of major houses in the countryside. The appeal was allowed.

:

Inquiries

Wayford Bridge, Broads National Park, 2012

01/01/2012

Promoting housing in inquiry in the National Park; the appeal was allowed.

:

Inquiries

Cogges Link Road Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry, Oxfordshire

20/09/2011

An inquiry into a substantial proposed relief for Witney, Oxford.

:

Inquiries

Hampton Park II, Salisbury

04/05/2011

An inquiry into the local authority’s decision to refuse permission for a 300 house scheme on the north of Salisbury. The appeal was allowed, contrary to the Inspector’s recommendation.

:

Inquiries

Beaumont School, St Albans

05/04/2011

Inquiry into a 120 unit housing appeal along with enabling development for a school.

:

Inquiries

Palm Nurseries, Guildford

01/01/2011

Inquiry concerning a section 78 appeal for a Gypsy site.

:

Inquiries

Maldon windfarm inquiry

01/01/2011

Inquiry relating to a 9 turbine windfarm in Maldon District.

:

Inquiries

Thames Water Management Plan

15/06/2010

Inquiry into the proposed water resources provision in the Thames Water area, representing Oxford County Council and Vale of White Horse.

:

Inquiries

Wallace Way, Hitchin

01/03/2010

Inquiry into the largest fragmentising waste facility in Hertfordshire.

:

Inquiries

Railfreight Terminal, St Albans, November 2009

01/11/2009

Inquiry into a strategic railfreight project accessing the Midland Mainline railway and proposing over 1,000,000 sq ft of floorspace

:

Inquiries

Grise wind farm, Lake District

01/10/2009

Inquiry into wind farm proposal within the vicinity of the Skelton aerial mast; acting for the local planning authority. Appeal dismissed.

:

Inquiries

Berrier Hill wind farm, Lake District

08/09/2009

Inquiry into a wind farm proposal on boundary of Lake District National Park, representing the National Park authority and district council.

:

Inquiries

Oaklands College, St Albans

02/03/2009

Call-in inquiry into proposed redevelopment of college in Green Belt.

:

Inquiries

Oaklands College, St Albans

02/03/2009

Call-in inquiry into proposed redevelopment of college in Green Belt.

:

Inquiries

Tottenham High Road

05/01/2009

Appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse permission for housing in a conservation area.

:

Inquiries

Mixed Office and Residential Development of land at TRL Headquarters, Bracknell Forest

08/10/2008

Proposals for a large scale redevelopment in Bracknell Forest, representing the neighbouring authority in respect of highway and need objections.

:

Inquiries

West Berkshire Green Composting Processing Appeal

18/09/2008

Promoting a scheme for a green composting appeal within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

:

Inquiries

Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club

04/09/2008

Proposal to redevelop a hotel and golf country club in the Hertfordshire Green Belt.

Representing local authority in support of the proposal.

:

Inquiries

Cumbria Windfarm Inquiry (Hoff Moor)

11/03/2008

Proposed large-scale windfarm within Eden District on open moorland.

The appeal was dismissed.

:

Inquiries

Strategic Railfreight Interchange, St Albans

01/12/2007

Proposed strategic interchange in the Green Belt representing two authorities.

The appeal was dismissed.

:

Inquiries

Port gains approval in Thames Gateway

01/07/2007

Landmark barristers played a significant part in securing planning permission after years of delay for a major port scheme in the Thames Gateway.

The London Gateway scheme at Shellhaven will be comprised of up to seven container vessel berths and a roll-on-roll-off facility along 2.7km of the quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery in Thurrock.

Developer DP World plans to invest about 1.5 billion in the project over the next 10 to 15 years. Construction is planned to begin later this year, with the first occupiers being in place within 12 to 18 months and the port operational from 2010.

The port will provide 1,900 jobs, with thousands more in a logistics and business park next to the port. A public inquiry into the development was held in 2003. An inspector recommended conditions to mitigate the scheme’s impact, particularly on the roads network.

The government issued two letters of approval. No development could take place until its concerns over congestion were allayed, it insisted. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: “It has taken time to finalise this decision. But it was right to consider it carefully.”

Christopher Katkowski QC promoted and was instructed by MacFarlanes, David Forsdick represented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), David Smith represented the Treasury Solicitors, Eian Caws represented the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), Nathalie Lieven QC represented Transco (British Gas) and William Hicks QC and Matthew Reed represented BP Oil.

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Inquiries

Enfield Town Tower Block Development

01/01/2007

Proposal to promote largest tower block redevelopment in Enfield town centre.

The appeal was successful.

:

Inquiries

Sandridge Special Site

01/01/2007

Defending a company made responsible under an Environmental Protection Act remediation notice for contamination from former chemical works.

:

Inquiries

Thames Gateway inquiry

01/06/2005

Landmark barristers played a significant part in securing planning permission after years of delay for a major port scheme in the Thames Gateway.

The London Gateway scheme at Shellhaven will be comprised of up to seven container vessel berths and a roll-on-roll-off facility along 2.7km of the quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery in Thurrock.

Developer DP World plans to invest about 1.5 billion in the project over the next 10 to 15 years. The port will provide 1,900 jobs, with thousands more in a logistics and business park next to the port. A public inquiry into the development was held in 2003. An inspector recommended conditions to mitigate the scheme’s impact, particularly on the roads network.

The government issued two letters of approval. No development could take place until its concerns over congestion were allayed, it insisted. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: “It has taken time to finalise this decision. But it was right to consider it carefully.”

Christopher Katkowski QC promoted and was instructed by MacFarlanes, David Forsdick represented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), David Smith represented the Treasury Solicitors, Eian Caws represented the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), Nathalie Lieven QC represented Transco (British Gas) and William Hicks QC and Matthew Reed represented BP Oil.

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Inquiries

London Borough of Waltham Forest Unitary Development Plan

01/01/2005

Advocate for the local authority promoting the Council’s unitary development plan.

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Inquiries

London Gateway

01/01/2003

An appeal into a proposed port and strategic railfreight facility, representing neighbouring oil refinery.

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Inquiries

Barnfield Drive, Chichester

01/12/2000

Representing the local authority, defending the decision to grant permission for an out of town shopping centre.

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