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Paul Brown QC (Joint Head of Chambers)

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Practice Summary

Paul’s practice covers planning and environmental, public and local government law. He has extensive experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as at Public Inquiries.

Paul was called to the Bar in 1991. Before taking silk in 2009, he was a member of the Treasury “A” Panel, where he acted for a wide range of government departments including CLG, DEFRA, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Education. In 2014 he was the legal adviser to Committee on the Review of Planning Guidance, led by Lord Taylor.

Paul joined Landmark in 2012, having previously practised from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square.

Planning and Environment

As a specialist in town and country planning, Paul acts for developers, local planning authorities and third party interest groups at all stages of the planning process.  His experience covers most areas of planning law, including residential and retail development, minerals and waste, airports, windfarms, highways, compulsory purchase and enforcement.  Paul’s wider public law practice has given him a particular expertise in statutory challenges and applications for judicial review, where he has acted for claimants, defendants and interested parties.

In 2017, Paul has:

  • been extensively involved in the London “basement wars” saga (in which, amongst others, he has acted for the owner of the much-publicised “stripey house” in Kensington and Chelsea)
  • represented Friends of the Earth at a 3-week inquiry into proposals for open-cast coal extraction in Northumberland
  • advised the Mayor of London on the latest revision of the London Plan
  • help the London Russian School of Ballet obtain permission and listed building consent for a major extension to its premises
  • acted for housing developers on schemes ranging from individual houses to proposals for new garden villages
  • advised Nottingham County Council on its Minerals Local Plan
  • advised landowners in compensation claims associated with the compulsory purchase orders for Crossrail.

Examples of Paul’s recent work in the High Court and Court of Appeal include:

  • Lisle-Mainwaring v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (concerning the scope of section 215 notices)
  • Lisle-Mainwaring v Carroll (application of the Mt Cook principles on the relevance of alternative proposals for a site)
  • Government of France v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (challenge to lawful development certificates for basement development in London)
  • Timmins v Gedling Borough Council (whether cemeteries are “appropriate” development in the Green Belt)
  • Turner v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (challenge to the grant of permission for redevelopment of the Shell Centre at Waterloo, in which the test for bias and the need to disclose viability assessments were in issue)
  • Jackson v Secretary of State for Communities and local Government (whether the Welwyn principle survives the introduction of Planning Enforcement Orders under the Localism Act 2011).

Other significant examples of Paul’s work can be found on the link to Paul’s cases and inquiries, above.  

Public

Recent examples of Paul’s work include: representing the Appellant in the Supreme Court in Hotak v London Borough of Southwark (concerning the definition of vulnerability in the context of a local authorities housing duties under s. 189 Housing Act 1996);  acting for the operator of an anaerobic digestion facility in proceedings for the judicial review of the amendments to the Renewable Heat Incentive Regulations; advising Medical Justice and successfully representing victims of torture who have been detained in breach of the Secretary of State’s own guidelines in their claims for false imprisonment; and advising the Department for Education on its Free Schools Programme. 

Before life as a barrister, Paul completed his PhD in Administrative Law at Cambridge in 1989, and lectured in Public Law at King’s College, London (1989-1991) and at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1985).

Paul is particularly interested in human rights, and has lectured and written widely on Article 6.

Local Government

Paul has wide experience of Local Government.  Recent examples include: acting for the Appellant in the Supreme Court in  Hotak v London Borough of Southwark (concerning the definition of vulnerability in the context of a local authorities housing duties under s. 189 Housing Act 1996);  advising a major harbour authority on the interaction between its functions and an application for modification of the Definitive Map; advising the London Mayor on revisions to the London Plan and the creation of the Old Oak and Park Royal MDC; representing the affected landowner in a dispute with Hertfordshire County Council over the extent of the highway; and representing the Appellant in the Court of Appeal in R (CJ) v Cardiff City Council (concerning the burden of proof in proof of age cases).

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (1st Class); Gold Medal in Law: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (1982-1985)

PhD; Tapp Scholar, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1986-1989)

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners

Planning Law“has an amazing eye for detail, making him a perfect choice for judicial reviews” (2016); fits very well with clients’ aspirations” and “…slices through the other side’s arguments, it is excellent” (2015); “communicates really well, knows what he wants out of cases, and knows how to both direct people and listen to them” (2014); a “preferred counsel for planning inquiries” who is “lovely to work with, exceptionally bright and such a pleasure to be around. He is also brilliant with complex paperwork.” (2013); “an impressive court performer who is always thoroughly prepared and does a great job for his clients.” (2012); “good at inquiry work and very down to earth” (2011); “a barrister of enormous intellect” (2010); “earns widespread recognition for his impressive advocacy skills and brilliant rapport with the High Court judges” (2009); “…high-quality all-rounder…” (2007).

Administrative & Public Law“straight-talking, cuts straight to the point, and presents his case extremely clearly” (2014); “a thoroughly impressive, all-round public law barrister. His recent highlight matters have raised important points in the context of information, environment, planning and immigration law” (2013);  “ability to get straight to the heart of a matter” (and is a) “a formidable opponent who’ll keep on striving until he gets what he wants” (2012); “extremely civilised and a phenomenally good advocate” (2011); “no-nonsense approach and penetrating arguments“(2010); “a strong advocate and a pleasant person to deal with he is applauded for offering clear, solid advice” (2009); “confident and adaptable, (he) is recommended for being able to master the papers quickly, speak with authority and take the judge through his argument clearly” (2008).

Local Government Law“a good all-rounder who is particularly strong on environment, immigration and community care cases”, “judges love him.” (2014); “excellent lawyer,” “good judgement and sound grasp of the detail in a matter.” (2012);  “extremely easy to work with and a man who inspires confidence” (2011); “always sensible in his approach [he] never fails to get the job done” (2010); “ever dependable and completely rock-solid” (2009); “(he) sits right at the top of the tree” (2008).

Environment: “able to grasp quickly the ins and outs of a case” and “possesses powerful skills of analysis” and “straightforward, helpful advice” (2009)

Inquiries

Inquiries

Druridge Bay Open Cast Coal Mine

23/03/2018

This was an application by Banks Ltd for permission for an open cast coal mine at Druridge Bay, Northumberland which was called in by the Secretary of State, following Northumberland Council’s resolution to grant permission.

Rejecting the recommendation of his Inspector, the Secretary of State concluded that the national, local and community benefits of the proposal would not clearly outweigh the likely adverse impacts such as to justify the grant of planning permission.  In particular, he attached “considerable negative weight” to the harm to the landscape character of the area, and “considerable adverse weight” to the negative impact on greenhouse gases and climate change.  The application therefore failed to comply with para 149 of the NPPF and was contrary to para 109.

Paul Brown QC acted (pro bono) for Friends of the Earth at the four week long inquiry in May and June 2017

A copy of the decision letter and the Inspector’s report can be found here.

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Inquiries

Druridge Bay Open Cast Coal Inquiry

21/06/2017

Today, after three and a half weeks of evidence, closing arguments were made in an inquiry into an application to extract 3 million tonnes of coal from an opencast mine in the hinterland of Druridge Bay in Northumberland.

The application was called in for determination by the Secretary of State who has asked to be informed, inter alia, on the extent to which the proposal is consistent with:

(a) Government policies for meeting the challenge of climate change

(b) The Written Ministerial Statement on the Central Government’s commitment to replace coal fired power stations with gas, as made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 18 November 2015;

(c) The extent to which the proposed development is consistent with the Department’s amended online guidance on renewable and low carbon energy.

It is the first time the Secretary of State has called in an application for the extraction of a fossil fuel in order to be informed about the downstream environmental effects of burning that fuel. The Applicant has argued that the coal is needed primarily to meet the demand for coal fired power stations between 2018 and 2025. Opponents, led by Friends of the Earth, have argued that there is no need for more indigenous coal and that the claimed benefits are outweighed by the adverse environmental effects.

Nathalie Lieven QC appeared on behalf of the Applicant.

Paul Brown QC and Toby Fisher appeared for Friends of the Earth.

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London Russian Ballet School appeal allowed, with full costs

21/03/2017

The Planning Inspectorate has allowed an appeal by the London Russian Ballet School against the refusal of planning permission and listed building consent for a basement and above-ground extension to the School’s Grade II listed building in Clapham. Although finding that the extension would be “quite distinct and clearly modern”, the Inspector concluded that it was inspired by its local context and would deliver design excellence.  The scheme would be a world-class ballet school, with very significant community-wide public benefits.

In awarding LRBS the full costs of the 6-day inquiry, the Inspector was particularly critical of the Planning Committee’s decision to reject the officer’s recommendation without any evidence or sufficient further inquiry, of the fact that the witness who gave evidence on the loss of historic floor plan and historic fabric had “astonishingly” never visited the site, and of the members’ view that neither the provision of recreational classes for members of the public nor the provision of places to fee-paying vocational and pre-vocational students was a public benefit – a conclusion which the Inspector observed “flies in the face of all national and policy objectives to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.”

Paul Brown QC acted for LRBS. A copy of the decision letter can be found here, and the costs decision here.

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Gibraltar Farm

21/03/2017

The Secretary of State has allowed an appeal against Medway District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for 450 houses on a greenfield site at Gibraltar Farm, near Gillingham. Permission had been refused for a single reason relating to the impact of the proposal on a designated Area of Local Landscape Importance.

In granting permission, the Secretary of State noted that the Council accepted that it only had a housing land supply in the range of 2.21 to 2.79 years, and agreed with the Inspector that the shortfall in five year housing land supply was so great and the pressure on sites so significant, that it was inevitable that Greenfield land would have to be developed. Although the proposed development would harm the character and appearance of the immediate area and, therefore, fail to accord with the provisions of policies of the Local Plan, these policies were out of date, and should only be afforded limited weight. The harm would not represent a critical harm to the function of the ALLI taken as a whole.  Significant weight was attached to the provision of 25% affordable housing, and the economic benefits of the scheme.

The overall positive balance for the economic and social strands of sustainability from the development contrasted with the environmental role where there was clear harm to this area of countryside which is locally designated for protection. However, the development would not lead to coalescence between settlements or critical harm to the ALLI’s function. The sustainability of the appeal scheme along with the fact that the relevant policies for the supply of housing land in Medway were out of date, outweighed the landscape harm and other harm, and the adverse impacts of the scheme did not significantly and demonstrably outweigh its benefits when assessed against the policies of the Framework taken as a whole.

Paul Brown QC acted for the Appellant; Graeme Keen acted for the Local Planning Authority.

A copy of the decision letter can be found here.

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Inquiries

Shell Centre Proposals Approved

06/06/2014

The Secretary of State has approved applications for planning permission, conservation area consent and listed building consent to enable the comprehensive redevelopment of the Shell Centre site, between Waterloo Station and the Thames.  The proposals, which retain the iconic Shell Tower, will involve the construction of 8 new buildings (ranging in height from 5 to 37 storeys) to provide around 220,000m2 of floorspace comprising offices, up to 877 residential units, retail,  leisure and community uses.  The applications, which were supported by the London Borough of Lambeth, had been called in by the Secretary of State for his own determination following concerns which had been raised about the possible impact on the setting of the Westminster World Heritage Site.

Accepting the recommendation of his Inspector (Mr John Braithwaite) the Secretary of State concluded that the proposed development would be of exemplary design quality which, although it would be visible in views from St James Park and the Westminster World Heritage Site, would not harm the setting of either, or of the other heritage assets on the north and south banks of the river.   It would also maximise the amount of affordable housing, and provide space for up to 2000 more office workers, thus optimising the potential for the provision of jobs and homes on the site.

Timothy Corner QC and Paul Brown QC acted for the applicant, Braeburn Estates Limited.

A copy of the decision letter can be downloaded here.

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Inquiries

Lydd Airport Expansion

23/04/2013

The Secretaries of State for Transport and Communities and Local Government have approved applications for the extension of the runway and a new terminal building at London Ashford Airport, near Lydd in Kent. The applications were called in for a public inquiry after Shepway District Council resolved to grant permission.

The airport lies in close proximity to the RSPB’s bird reserve at Dungeness, and a central issue in the case was the potential impact of the expansion on the Dungeness to Pett Level SPA. Accepting the Inspector’s recommendation, the Secretaries of State concluded that there was little evidence that there would be any impact on the bird populations such as to require an appropriate assessment under the Habitats Regulations. They also rejected concerns raised by local residents about the proximity of Dungeness nuclear power station.

Barristers from Landmark were involved on both sides of the Inquiry: acting on behalf of Shepway District Council, Paul Brown QC supported the applications, while David Forsdick led the opposition on behalf of the RSPB.

A copy of the decision letter can be found here

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Inquiries

Gateforth Mushroom Farm, Selby – Change of Use to Travelling Showpeople’s Quarters

14/03/2013

Paul Brown QC successfully obtained planning permission and a full award of costs against the Council at this inquiry into refusal of permission for the change of use of a former mushroom farm into permanent quarters for Travelling Showpeople. The application had been refused by Selby District Council (against their officers’ recommendation) on grounds relating to landscape impact, highways and groundwater contamination.

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Springfield Hospital, Wandsworth

01/06/2012

Proposals for a new mental hospital, 840 dwellings and a new school.

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Inquiries

Bryngwyn Livestock Market CPO

02/01/2012

CPO inquiry into the proposed site for the relocation of the Abergavenny livestock market.

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Inquiries

Merryfield Park/RAF Sopley

21/11/2011

Paul Brown QC successfully represented New Forest District Council at the enforcement appeal inquiry relating to the use of buildings at the former RAF Sopley, now known as Merryfield Park.

The lawful use of the site, which lies in the Green Belt and contains around 100 ex-MoD buildings, is as a ‘training and rest camp on an occasional basis’. NFDC had issued a total of 20 enforcement notices against non-conforming uses in the different buildings. A site-wide ground (a) appeal was also dismissed.

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Inquiries

Veolia/Rufford Colliery Energy Recovery Facility Inquiry

31/10/2010

Inquiry into proposals for a 180,000T/pa Energy-from-Waste incinerator.

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Inquiries

Nutsgrove and French Farm Wind Farm Inquiries

30/05/2010

Inquiries into proposals for windfarms near Peterborough, and in particular into objections by the the MoD that the proposals would interfere with military radar.

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Inquiries

Newton Lane, Ledston

18/05/2010

Inquiry into proposals by Banks Ltd for open cast coal extraction.

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Inquiries

Tesco Stores, Birmingham

30/03/2009

Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry for redevelopment of District Centre in Birmingham, acting for the developer.

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Inquiries

Lightwater Valley Inquiry

01/09/2008

Application for 340-unit holiday complex adjoining amusement theme park.

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Inquiries

A421 (Bedford to M1) Improvement Scheme

01/02/2008

Counsel for the Highways Agency, Road Orders and CPO Inquiry.

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Inquiries

Linden Homes development in Maidenhead

01/01/2008

The Inquiry was successfully concluded, dealing with important aspects of PPS25. The site was known as the Former Goring Kerr Works.

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Inquiries

Sandons Farm Inquiry

01/11/2007

Sand and gravel extraction, with landfill restoration.

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Inquiries

Berwick Retail Inquiry

10/05/2007

Six week long inquiry into proposals for new food and non-food floorspace in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Five schemes seeking approval. Paul Brown QC represented Tesco.

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Inquiries

South Cambridgeshire Local Development Framework Examination

25/01/2007

Representing the Fairfield Partnership on proposals for 10,000 new houses at Northstowe.

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Mersey Docks & Harbour (Seaforth Terminal) Harbour Revision Order

25/04/2006

Counsel for the Highways Agency

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Inquiries

English Partnerships – Kings Waterfront

21/02/2006

Tim Corner QC represented English Partnerships at the Inquiry into the Compuslory Purchase Orders for the acquisition of the rights of access for the proposed Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre at Kings Waterfront.

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South Cambridgeshire District Council LDF Examination

01/01/2006

Acting for Fairfield, promoting development of settlement of 10,000 dwellings at Northstowe.

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Station Road Car Park, Bromley

01/01/2006

CPO Inquiry for redevelopment of car park to provide Tesco store and residential units.

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Buckinghamshire County Council Minerals and Waste Local Plan Inquiry

10/05/2005

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel to Buckinghamshire County Council.

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M62 (Carlisle to Gretna Green) Roads Inquiry Agency

01/01/2005

CPO and Highways Inquiry for the M62, Counsel for the HA.

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Inquiries

Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan

20/04/2004

Planning Inquiry

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Inquiries

Stevenage West

01/01/2004

Major inquiry concerning a proposed development of 5,000-10,000 homes on a site to the west of Stevenage.

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Stevenage West

01/01/2004

Major inquiry concerning a proposed development of 5,000-10,000 homes on a site to the west of Stevenage.

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Bexley UDP Review

09/07/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC counsel for the London Borough of Bexley.

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Bexley UDP Review

09/07/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC counsel for the London Borough of Bexley.

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Kidderminster Incinerator Inquiry

19/02/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was Junior Counsel for Worcester County Council.

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Kidderminster Incinerator Inquiry

19/02/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was Junior Counsel for Worcester County Council.

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Northern Gateway Access Road, Enfield

19/09/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Enfield.

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Northern Gateway Access Road, Enfield

19/09/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Enfield.

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One Westminster Bridge, London

24/04/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Frogmore Developments.

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One Westminster Bridge, London

24/04/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Frogmore Developments.

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Inquiries

London International Freight Exchange Inquiry, Slough

04/04/2000

Transport and Works Act Order/compulsory purchase for road/railfreight interchange with 2m sq. ft distribution, Junior Counsel for Argent plc.

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London International Freight Exchange Inquiry, Slough

04/04/2000

Transport and Works Act Order/compulsory purchase for road/railfreight interchange with 2m sq. ft distribution, Junior Counsel for Argent plc.

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Inquiries

Nottinghamshire Waste Local Plan

27/04/1999

Planning inquiry; counsel for Nottinghamshire CC.

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Nottinghamshire Waste Local Plan

27/04/1999

Planning inquiry; counsel for Nottinghamshire CC.

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Greenwich Peninsula CPO

30/06/1998

Planning inquiry

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Aylesbury Town Centre Pedestrianisation

30/10/1997

Planning inquiry

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Buckinghamshire Waste Local Plan

01/01/1996

Planning inquiry

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Castle Hill/A21 RSA Inquiry

01/01/1996

Planning inquiry.

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Wycombe District Council v Williams [1995] 3 PLR 19

05/05/1995

Planning inquiry.

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Eastbourne Local Plan Inquiry

01/01/1995

Planning inquiry

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M40 MSA Inquiry

31/10/1994

Planning inquiry.

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Leeds U.D.P. Inquiry

18/10/1994

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M25 MSA Inquiry – Epping Forest

01/01/1994

Planning inquiry

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Redhill Aerodrome Inquiry

01/01/1993

Planning inquiry.

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Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Inquiry

01/01/1993

Planning inquiry.

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Inquiries

Druridge Bay Open Cast Coal Mine

23/03/2018

This was an application by Banks Ltd for permission for an open cast coal mine at Druridge Bay, Northumberland which was called in by the Secretary of State, following Northumberland Council’s resolution to grant permission.

Rejecting the recommendation of his Inspector, the Secretary of State concluded that the national, local and community benefits of the proposal would not clearly outweigh the likely adverse impacts such as to justify the grant of planning permission.  In particular, he attached “considerable negative weight” to the harm to the landscape character of the area, and “considerable adverse weight” to the negative impact on greenhouse gases and climate change.  The application therefore failed to comply with para 149 of the NPPF and was contrary to para 109.

Paul Brown QC acted (pro bono) for Friends of the Earth at the four week long inquiry in May and June 2017

A copy of the decision letter and the Inspector’s report can be found here.

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Inquiries

Druridge Bay Open Cast Coal Inquiry

21/06/2017

Today, after three and a half weeks of evidence, closing arguments were made in an inquiry into an application to extract 3 million tonnes of coal from an opencast mine in the hinterland of Druridge Bay in Northumberland.

The application was called in for determination by the Secretary of State who has asked to be informed, inter alia, on the extent to which the proposal is consistent with:

(a) Government policies for meeting the challenge of climate change

(b) The Written Ministerial Statement on the Central Government’s commitment to replace coal fired power stations with gas, as made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 18 November 2015;

(c) The extent to which the proposed development is consistent with the Department’s amended online guidance on renewable and low carbon energy.

It is the first time the Secretary of State has called in an application for the extraction of a fossil fuel in order to be informed about the downstream environmental effects of burning that fuel. The Applicant has argued that the coal is needed primarily to meet the demand for coal fired power stations between 2018 and 2025. Opponents, led by Friends of the Earth, have argued that there is no need for more indigenous coal and that the claimed benefits are outweighed by the adverse environmental effects.

Nathalie Lieven QC appeared on behalf of the Applicant.

Paul Brown QC and Toby Fisher appeared for Friends of the Earth.

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London Russian Ballet School appeal allowed, with full costs

21/03/2017

The Planning Inspectorate has allowed an appeal by the London Russian Ballet School against the refusal of planning permission and listed building consent for a basement and above-ground extension to the School’s Grade II listed building in Clapham. Although finding that the extension would be “quite distinct and clearly modern”, the Inspector concluded that it was inspired by its local context and would deliver design excellence.  The scheme would be a world-class ballet school, with very significant community-wide public benefits.

In awarding LRBS the full costs of the 6-day inquiry, the Inspector was particularly critical of the Planning Committee’s decision to reject the officer’s recommendation without any evidence or sufficient further inquiry, of the fact that the witness who gave evidence on the loss of historic floor plan and historic fabric had “astonishingly” never visited the site, and of the members’ view that neither the provision of recreational classes for members of the public nor the provision of places to fee-paying vocational and pre-vocational students was a public benefit – a conclusion which the Inspector observed “flies in the face of all national and policy objectives to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.”

Paul Brown QC acted for LRBS. A copy of the decision letter can be found here, and the costs decision here.

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Inquiries

Gibraltar Farm

21/03/2017

The Secretary of State has allowed an appeal against Medway District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for 450 houses on a greenfield site at Gibraltar Farm, near Gillingham. Permission had been refused for a single reason relating to the impact of the proposal on a designated Area of Local Landscape Importance.

In granting permission, the Secretary of State noted that the Council accepted that it only had a housing land supply in the range of 2.21 to 2.79 years, and agreed with the Inspector that the shortfall in five year housing land supply was so great and the pressure on sites so significant, that it was inevitable that Greenfield land would have to be developed. Although the proposed development would harm the character and appearance of the immediate area and, therefore, fail to accord with the provisions of policies of the Local Plan, these policies were out of date, and should only be afforded limited weight. The harm would not represent a critical harm to the function of the ALLI taken as a whole.  Significant weight was attached to the provision of 25% affordable housing, and the economic benefits of the scheme.

The overall positive balance for the economic and social strands of sustainability from the development contrasted with the environmental role where there was clear harm to this area of countryside which is locally designated for protection. However, the development would not lead to coalescence between settlements or critical harm to the ALLI’s function. The sustainability of the appeal scheme along with the fact that the relevant policies for the supply of housing land in Medway were out of date, outweighed the landscape harm and other harm, and the adverse impacts of the scheme did not significantly and demonstrably outweigh its benefits when assessed against the policies of the Framework taken as a whole.

Paul Brown QC acted for the Appellant; Graeme Keen acted for the Local Planning Authority.

A copy of the decision letter can be found here.

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Inquiries

Shell Centre Proposals Approved

06/06/2014

The Secretary of State has approved applications for planning permission, conservation area consent and listed building consent to enable the comprehensive redevelopment of the Shell Centre site, between Waterloo Station and the Thames.  The proposals, which retain the iconic Shell Tower, will involve the construction of 8 new buildings (ranging in height from 5 to 37 storeys) to provide around 220,000m2 of floorspace comprising offices, up to 877 residential units, retail,  leisure and community uses.  The applications, which were supported by the London Borough of Lambeth, had been called in by the Secretary of State for his own determination following concerns which had been raised about the possible impact on the setting of the Westminster World Heritage Site.

Accepting the recommendation of his Inspector (Mr John Braithwaite) the Secretary of State concluded that the proposed development would be of exemplary design quality which, although it would be visible in views from St James Park and the Westminster World Heritage Site, would not harm the setting of either, or of the other heritage assets on the north and south banks of the river.   It would also maximise the amount of affordable housing, and provide space for up to 2000 more office workers, thus optimising the potential for the provision of jobs and homes on the site.

Timothy Corner QC and Paul Brown QC acted for the applicant, Braeburn Estates Limited.

A copy of the decision letter can be downloaded here.

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Lydd Airport Expansion

23/04/2013

The Secretaries of State for Transport and Communities and Local Government have approved applications for the extension of the runway and a new terminal building at London Ashford Airport, near Lydd in Kent. The applications were called in for a public inquiry after Shepway District Council resolved to grant permission.

The airport lies in close proximity to the RSPB’s bird reserve at Dungeness, and a central issue in the case was the potential impact of the expansion on the Dungeness to Pett Level SPA. Accepting the Inspector’s recommendation, the Secretaries of State concluded that there was little evidence that there would be any impact on the bird populations such as to require an appropriate assessment under the Habitats Regulations. They also rejected concerns raised by local residents about the proximity of Dungeness nuclear power station.

Barristers from Landmark were involved on both sides of the Inquiry: acting on behalf of Shepway District Council, Paul Brown QC supported the applications, while David Forsdick led the opposition on behalf of the RSPB.

A copy of the decision letter can be found here

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Inquiries

Gateforth Mushroom Farm, Selby – Change of Use to Travelling Showpeople’s Quarters

14/03/2013

Paul Brown QC successfully obtained planning permission and a full award of costs against the Council at this inquiry into refusal of permission for the change of use of a former mushroom farm into permanent quarters for Travelling Showpeople. The application had been refused by Selby District Council (against their officers’ recommendation) on grounds relating to landscape impact, highways and groundwater contamination.

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Inquiries

Springfield Hospital, Wandsworth

01/06/2012

Proposals for a new mental hospital, 840 dwellings and a new school.

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Inquiries

Bryngwyn Livestock Market CPO

02/01/2012

CPO inquiry into the proposed site for the relocation of the Abergavenny livestock market.

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Inquiries

Merryfield Park/RAF Sopley

21/11/2011

Paul Brown QC successfully represented New Forest District Council at the enforcement appeal inquiry relating to the use of buildings at the former RAF Sopley, now known as Merryfield Park.

The lawful use of the site, which lies in the Green Belt and contains around 100 ex-MoD buildings, is as a ‘training and rest camp on an occasional basis’. NFDC had issued a total of 20 enforcement notices against non-conforming uses in the different buildings. A site-wide ground (a) appeal was also dismissed.

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Inquiries

Veolia/Rufford Colliery Energy Recovery Facility Inquiry

31/10/2010

Inquiry into proposals for a 180,000T/pa Energy-from-Waste incinerator.

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Inquiries

Nutsgrove and French Farm Wind Farm Inquiries

30/05/2010

Inquiries into proposals for windfarms near Peterborough, and in particular into objections by the the MoD that the proposals would interfere with military radar.

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Inquiries

Newton Lane, Ledston

18/05/2010

Inquiry into proposals by Banks Ltd for open cast coal extraction.

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Inquiries

Tesco Stores, Birmingham

30/03/2009

Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry for redevelopment of District Centre in Birmingham, acting for the developer.

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Inquiries

Lightwater Valley Inquiry

01/09/2008

Application for 340-unit holiday complex adjoining amusement theme park.

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Inquiries

A421 (Bedford to M1) Improvement Scheme

01/02/2008

Counsel for the Highways Agency, Road Orders and CPO Inquiry.

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Inquiries

Linden Homes development in Maidenhead

01/01/2008

The Inquiry was successfully concluded, dealing with important aspects of PPS25. The site was known as the Former Goring Kerr Works.

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Inquiries

Sandons Farm Inquiry

01/11/2007

Sand and gravel extraction, with landfill restoration.

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Inquiries

Berwick Retail Inquiry

10/05/2007

Six week long inquiry into proposals for new food and non-food floorspace in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Five schemes seeking approval. Paul Brown QC represented Tesco.

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Inquiries

South Cambridgeshire Local Development Framework Examination

25/01/2007

Representing the Fairfield Partnership on proposals for 10,000 new houses at Northstowe.

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Inquiries

Mersey Docks & Harbour (Seaforth Terminal) Harbour Revision Order

25/04/2006

Counsel for the Highways Agency

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Inquiries

English Partnerships – Kings Waterfront

21/02/2006

Tim Corner QC represented English Partnerships at the Inquiry into the Compuslory Purchase Orders for the acquisition of the rights of access for the proposed Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre at Kings Waterfront.

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Inquiries

South Cambridgeshire District Council LDF Examination

01/01/2006

Acting for Fairfield, promoting development of settlement of 10,000 dwellings at Northstowe.

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Inquiries

Station Road Car Park, Bromley

01/01/2006

CPO Inquiry for redevelopment of car park to provide Tesco store and residential units.

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Inquiries

Buckinghamshire County Council Minerals and Waste Local Plan Inquiry

10/05/2005

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel to Buckinghamshire County Council.

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Inquiries

M62 (Carlisle to Gretna Green) Roads Inquiry Agency

01/01/2005

CPO and Highways Inquiry for the M62, Counsel for the HA.

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Inquiries

Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan

20/04/2004

Planning Inquiry

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Inquiries

Stevenage West

01/01/2004

Major inquiry concerning a proposed development of 5,000-10,000 homes on a site to the west of Stevenage.

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Inquiries

Stevenage West

01/01/2004

Major inquiry concerning a proposed development of 5,000-10,000 homes on a site to the west of Stevenage.

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Inquiries

Bexley UDP Review

09/07/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC counsel for the London Borough of Bexley.

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Inquiries

Bexley UDP Review

09/07/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC counsel for the London Borough of Bexley.

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Inquiries

Kidderminster Incinerator Inquiry

19/02/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was Junior Counsel for Worcester County Council.

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Inquiries

Kidderminster Incinerator Inquiry

19/02/2002

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was Junior Counsel for Worcester County Council.

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Inquiries

Northern Gateway Access Road, Enfield

19/09/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Enfield.

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Inquiries

Northern Gateway Access Road, Enfield

19/09/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Enfield.

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Inquiries

One Westminster Bridge, London

24/04/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Frogmore Developments.

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Inquiries

One Westminster Bridge, London

24/04/2001

Planning inquiry. Paul Brown QC was junior counsel for Frogmore Developments.

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Inquiries

London International Freight Exchange Inquiry, Slough

04/04/2000

Transport and Works Act Order/compulsory purchase for road/railfreight interchange with 2m sq. ft distribution, Junior Counsel for Argent plc.

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Inquiries

London International Freight Exchange Inquiry, Slough

04/04/2000

Transport and Works Act Order/compulsory purchase for road/railfreight interchange with 2m sq. ft distribution, Junior Counsel for Argent plc.

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Inquiries

Nottinghamshire Waste Local Plan

27/04/1999

Planning inquiry; counsel for Nottinghamshire CC.

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Inquiries

Nottinghamshire Waste Local Plan

27/04/1999

Planning inquiry; counsel for Nottinghamshire CC.

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Inquiries

Greenwich Peninsula CPO

30/06/1998

Planning inquiry

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Inquiries

Aylesbury Town Centre Pedestrianisation

30/10/1997

Planning inquiry

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Inquiries

Buckinghamshire Waste Local Plan

01/01/1996

Planning inquiry

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Inquiries

Castle Hill/A21 RSA Inquiry

01/01/1996

Planning inquiry.

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Inquiries

Wycombe District Council v Williams [1995] 3 PLR 19

05/05/1995

Planning inquiry.

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Inquiries

Eastbourne Local Plan Inquiry

01/01/1995

Planning inquiry

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Inquiries

M40 MSA Inquiry

31/10/1994

Planning inquiry.

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Inquiries

Leeds U.D.P. Inquiry

18/10/1994

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Inquiries

M25 MSA Inquiry – Epping Forest

01/01/1994

Planning inquiry

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Inquiries

Redhill Aerodrome Inquiry

01/01/1993

Planning inquiry.

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Inquiries

Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Inquiry

01/01/1993

Planning inquiry.

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