Home > People > Queen's Counsel > Sasha White QC

Sasha White QC

Call: 1991Silk: 2013
Download CV

Practice Summary

Sasha White QC is a specialist planning and environment advocate.

Sasha White QC is ranked 7th in Planning Magazine’s 2018 Top Rated Planning Silks.

“He is a great advocate” according to Chambers & Partners 2018.

“He is a lovely, lovely guy to work with” according to Chambers and Partners 2017.

He was identified prior to taking silk as the leading planning junior in the UK by the Legal 500.

He was the top planning junior for 8 years in Planning Magazine’s annual survey.

He has been instructed and appeared in 57 planning inquiries in the past 3 years. He has received over 300 instructions in the past 3 years. He has been instructed and appeared in 175 planning inquiries in the past 10 years.

In the past 3 years he has been instructed by every major housebuilder in the UK namely Barratt Homes, Bellway, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Linden and Berkeley Homes. In the past 3 years he has been instructed by many of the major retailers in the UK including Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidl and Waitrose. 

In the past 3 years his notable instructions have included:

  • Advice on 3 major new settlements in excess of 5000 units each.
  • Promoting 50 housing schemes at public inquiry ranging from 50 units to over 5000 units.
  • Representing the LPA on the largest retail scheme in the UK in 2017.
  • Winning a planning appeal for a new school in the Green Belt in 2017.
  • Winning a planning appeal for Linden Homes in East Grinstead for 200 units in 2017
  • Winning a planning appeal for Barratt Homes in Morpeth for 500 units in 2016.
  • Winning a major Listed Building Enforcement Appeal in Kensington and Chelsea in 2017.
  • Winning a High Court case for Newcastle City relating to major strategic extensions to the city in 2017.
  • Winning a planning appeal for Bellway Homes for 175 units in Bromley in 2018.
  • Winning a planning appeal for the Blenheim Estate for 175 units in Oxfordshire in 2016.
  • Representing the Duke of Northumberland in relation to 130 PRS units at public inquiry at Syon House and Park in 2018.
  • Winning a planning appeal for residential development in the Green Belt in Ascot in 2017.
  • Winning a planning appeal for 300 units for Wain Homes in Cornwall in 2017.
  • Winning a planning appeal for 100 units in Hampshire for Barratt Homes Limited in 2017.
  • Winning a planning appeal for 315 units for Barratt Homes in Northumberland in 2017.
  • Advising on new strategic settlements in Surrey, Oxfordshire and Kent.
  • Winning planning permission for a major redevelopment within the Hampstead Garden Suburb in 2018.
  • Winning planning permission for major development in the AONB in Surrey in 2018.
  • Winning a planning appeal for 350 units in Oxfordshire in 2016.
  • Winning planning permission for 200 units in Maidenhead in 2018.
  • Winning planning permission for 315 units in Leeds in 2016.
  • Advising on a major new student development of 750 units in Bristol in 2017/18.
  • Advising on a major new retirement village in North West London in 2018.
  • Advising the Homes and Community Agency on two major new settlements in 2018.
  • Advising 5 local authorities on their strategic development plans including Newcastle CC.

In his spare time:

  • Sasha runs marathons and half marathons having done 7 in the past 2 years.
  • Has season tickets at Arsenal FC, Rangers FC, Twickenham and Murrayfield.
  • Captains the Aston Rowant 5XI every Saturday in the Cherwell League.
  • Plays golf at the RAC, Huntercombe GC and Alnmouth GC.

Qualifications

Sasha graduated in law from Trinity College Cambridge.

Sasha is the author of Planning Appeals which is a textbook covering all matters concerning the law, practice and policy relating to planning appeals.

He has lectured widely on such subjects as the Planning Bill, the IPC, the Planning Policy relating to London and the issue of costs in Public Inquiries.

He has also contributed articles and legal comments to Planning magazine.

Sasha is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)

Inquiries

Apple Hill care home, Henley

29/04/2014

This was a five day inquiry into two appeals, the first under s.174 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against an enforcement notice issued by the Council of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead against the use of a residential care home in breach of a condition restricting the use to the “elderly”, and the second under s.78 of the 1990 Act against the Council’s the refusal of planning permission for the premises also to be used as a community mental hospital.

The issues included:

  • Whether the condition’s purported restriction on the premises’ use for the “elderly” was invalid on grounds of uncertainty.
  • Whether upholding the enforcement notice would result in unjustified discrimination on grounds of age, contrary to Article 14 ECHR taken together with Article 8.
  • Whether, having regard to the expert mental healthcare, noise, traffic and planning evidence, the use of the premises for persons other than the “elderly” and/or as a community mental hospital would cause demonstrable harm to the amenity of neighbouring properties and/or amount to inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

Following the inquiry, on 21 October 2014 the Inspector published her decision allowed both appeals.

Sasha White QC and Charles Banner appeared for the appellant, Henley Healthcare Ltd, instructed by Woolf Bond Planning LLP.

Rupert Warren QC appeared for the Council, instructed by the Solicitor to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

:

Inquiries

Ryedale Gas Facility

01/11/2011

Sasha White appeared for North Yorkshire County Council opposing the grant of planning permission for the largest inland gas processing facility in the UK with potential significant effects to the National Park.

:

Inquiries

University College London

22/12/2010

Sasha White successfully appeared for developer in relation to inquiry into 350 unit student accommodation development in Islington.

:

Inquiries

Prudhoe Town Centre Redevelopment

18/03/2010

Sasha White won major High Court challenge for rival retailer against the grant of superstore permission for J Sainsburys and redevelopment of town centre.

:

Inquiries

Amesbury Retail Inquiry

24/04/2009

Sasha White appeared successfully at call in Inquiry for Tesco against 3 other competing retailers in getting out of centre retail permission for Superstore.

:

Inquiries

Retirement Village, West Wales

01/01/2009

Sasha White appeared in call in inquiry promoting first fully serviced retirement village in the UK.

:

Inquiries

Apple Hill care home, Henley

29/04/2014

This was a five day inquiry into two appeals, the first under s.174 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against an enforcement notice issued by the Council of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead against the use of a residential care home in breach of a condition restricting the use to the “elderly”, and the second under s.78 of the 1990 Act against the Council’s the refusal of planning permission for the premises also to be used as a community mental hospital.

The issues included:

  • Whether the condition’s purported restriction on the premises’ use for the “elderly” was invalid on grounds of uncertainty.
  • Whether upholding the enforcement notice would result in unjustified discrimination on grounds of age, contrary to Article 14 ECHR taken together with Article 8.
  • Whether, having regard to the expert mental healthcare, noise, traffic and planning evidence, the use of the premises for persons other than the “elderly” and/or as a community mental hospital would cause demonstrable harm to the amenity of neighbouring properties and/or amount to inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

Following the inquiry, on 21 October 2014 the Inspector published her decision allowed both appeals.

Sasha White QC and Charles Banner appeared for the appellant, Henley Healthcare Ltd, instructed by Woolf Bond Planning LLP.

Rupert Warren QC appeared for the Council, instructed by the Solicitor to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

:

Inquiries

Ryedale Gas Facility

01/11/2011

Sasha White appeared for North Yorkshire County Council opposing the grant of planning permission for the largest inland gas processing facility in the UK with potential significant effects to the National Park.

:

Inquiries

University College London

22/12/2010

Sasha White successfully appeared for developer in relation to inquiry into 350 unit student accommodation development in Islington.

:

Inquiries

Prudhoe Town Centre Redevelopment

18/03/2010

Sasha White won major High Court challenge for rival retailer against the grant of superstore permission for J Sainsburys and redevelopment of town centre.

:

Inquiries

Amesbury Retail Inquiry

24/04/2009

Sasha White appeared successfully at call in Inquiry for Tesco against 3 other competing retailers in getting out of centre retail permission for Superstore.

:

Inquiries

Retirement Village, West Wales

01/01/2009

Sasha White appeared in call in inquiry promoting first fully serviced retirement village in the UK.

:
icon-accordion-chevron icon-arrow-left icon-arrow-right icon-chevron-down icon-chevron-left icon-cross icon-download icon-letter icon-linked-in icon-phone-outline icon-phone icon-search icon-search icon-select-chevron icon-top-right-corner icon-twitter