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Sasha White QC

Call: 1991Silk: 2013

Practice Summary

Sasha White QC is a Planning specialist with particular expertise in planning inquiries and High Court work.

He was nominated for Planning Silk of the Year by Legal 500 for 2020.

In 2020 Sasha:

  1. Has represented Tower Hamlets successfully in the biggest Planning Litigation of 2020 involving the Secretary of State conceding alleged bias in the High Court in relation to the grant of planning permission to the Westferry Printworks development which has featured on the front page of every national newspaper in the past month in the “cash for favours” political crisis leading to the permission being quashed.
  2. Has represented Sunderland City Council in one of the biggest planning inquiries of 2020 which featured in prime ministers question time on February 12 2020 involving a gasification plant in Sunderland which resulted in over 10,000 objections from local residents.
  3. Has represented Wokingham Borough Council in the first appeal decision to mention Covid-19’s effect on Housing Land Supply in successfully defending the refusal of planning permission by the Council.
  4. Has represented Catesby Developments in Alford in getting planning permission for the Housing development at appeal and costs awarded against the LPA.
  5. Has represented the Anderson Group winning permission at appeal for the redevelopment of Swan Wharf within the London Legacy Development Corporation area.
  6. Has advised a major London planning authority on the biggest planning application they have dealt with.
  7. Has advised on 4 major new settlements throughout the UK.
  8. Has advised on the planning application for the biggest proposal in the North East this year.
  9. Is instructed to promote a million square foot B class employment scheme in the North West at a call in inquiry later in the year.
  10. Has been involved in creating “Have We Got Planning News for You” which has had over 25,000 viewers since April 2020 in the first 10 episodes.

He has been described as a “Great Advocate” [Chambers & Partners 2018] and a “lovely, lovely guy to work with” [Chambers & Partners 2017] and “as a hugely impressive High Court and inquiry advocate” [Legal 500 2020].

Since taking Silk in 2013 he has been:

  • Listed as number 6 in the Planning Magazine Survey of Leading Silks for 2019-20.
  • Identified as one of the top three silks in residential planning appeal work in the UK in the Planning Magazine for 2020.
  • Identified as a leading silk in Planning in Chambers & Partners in every year since taking silk.
  • Identified as a leading silk within the top 20 identified in Legal 500 2020.

As a Junior he was:

  • Stated to be “the leading Planning junior in the UK” by Legal 500 in 2003.
  • Identified as the number one Planning Junior in the UK by Planning Magazine for 8 consecutive years.

In the past 5 years since 2015 Sasha has:

  • Appeared as advocate over 100 public inquiries under the Planning Acts.
  • Appeared as advocate in the High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous occasions.
  • Successfully promoted the Newcastle and Gateshead EIP involving the promotion of 40,000 homes.
  • Promoted over 75 Housing Appeal Schemes ranging in size from 50 to 5000 units.
  • Been instructed by the Homes and Communities Agency in England and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland.
  • Been instructed by 8 of the top 10 planning solicitors firms identified in the Planning Magazine.
  • Been instructed by 9 of the top 10 UK housebuilders.
  • Been instructed by 8 of the top 10 UK retailers.
  • Advised on 5 major settlements and garden villages all in excess of 5000 units.
  • Advised on many student housing schemes for the major providers.
  • Advised on many care home schemes for many of the leading operators in the field.
  • Advised on many of the most notable listed building and conservation area appeals in the UK including schemes in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Camden.
  • Appeared at EIPs for both the LPAs and developers.
  • Been instructed by the leading members of the Land Promoters Development Forum including Wates, Catesby Estates and Ptarmigan.
  • Appeared for the LPA in a major inquiry in Sunderland for an EFW proposal in February 2020 mentioned in Prime Minister Questions.
  • Won Permission for a major redevelopment in the LLDC in November 2019.
  • Won the Inspectors recommendation to refuse the Westferry Printworks proposals for a major redevelopment scheme of 1500 homes in January 2020.
  • Won planning permission at appeal for the largest town centre redevelopment in August 2019 in Swanley, Kent.
  • Advised a major London Planning Authority in 2019 on the biggest planning application in their history.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Pupillage with Neil King QC, Alun Alesbury and William Hicks QC.
  • Promoting the major expansion of Liverpool Airport in 1995 with Lionel Read QC.
  • Appearing in the 12 party Peterborough Retail inquiry in 1996 led by Stephen Morgan.
  • Advising Tesco Stores from 1997-present day on over 200 retail schemes.
  • Supporting at appeal the expansion of Brent Cross in 1999.
  • Winning permission for the new Newcastle Falcons Stadium in 2002.
  • Winning permission for the preservation of part of the Cliveden Estate in 2008.
  • Promoting a major new Tesco superstore led by David Elvin QC in Devon in 2008.
  • Winning planning permission at appeal for major new Tesco superstore led by Russell Harris in Wiltshire in 2009.
  • Quashing a Planning permission due to breaches of the EIA regulations in Cooperative Group v Northumberland County Council in 2009
  • Winning in the Supreme Court with Neil Cameron QC in Morge v Hampshire County Council in 2010.
  • Winning planning permission for 500 student units at appeal for UCL in 2010.
  • Appearing for North Yorkshire County Council in a gas processing factory in 2011.
  • Protecting the planning permission for a new stadium for FC United in the High Court in 2012.
  • Protecting the planning permission for the redevelopment of Old Trafford Cricket Ground in the Court of Appeal in 2013 led by Christopher Katkowski QC in 2012.
  • Winning permission on appeal for 1000 houses in North Tyneside for Persimmon and the Duke of Northumberland in 2013 and 2014.
  • Appearing successfully in the Cornwall EIP for Wain Homes in 2014.
  • Winning permission for over 200 houses for Wates in Chichester in 2014/2015.
  • Winning permission at the third appeal into a housing site in Wallingford in 2016.
  • Winning permission for a new school in the Green Belt in Hurley in 2016.
  • Defending successfully the first Fracking planning permission in the High Court in 2016.

Personal:

  • Read Law at Trinity College Cambridge where he was Vice President of the Cambridge University Law Society.
  • Is a Director of Middlesex County Cricket Club and Chair of the Governance Committee.
  • Has run 3 marathons [London, NYC, London] and 15 half marathons in the past 5 years.
  • Has entered the Prudential London 100 mile cycle ride for August 2020.
  • Is the Captain of Aston Rowant Cricket Club 4th
  • Is a member of the following cricket clubs – MCC, Middlesex CCC, Kent CCC, Western Province CC, Primrose Hill CC.
  • Is a member of the following golf clubs – Huntercombe, RAC, Alnmouth and Turnberry.
  • Has Season Tickets at Rangers FC, Arsenal FC, Murrayfield and Twickenham.
  • Has been married since 1997, is the father of 3 children and took 4 years away from work to be their full time carer in 2004-2008.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Inquiries

Retirement Village, West Wales

01/01/2009

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Inquiries

Retirement Village, West Wales

01/01/2009

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

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