Timothy Corner QC

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Practice Summary

The major part of Tim Corner’s practice is in the fields of planning and compulsory purchase and public law, including local government and environmental law. His planning work embraces all types of development and he appears in public inquiries and examinations throughout the country. He also appears in the higher courts and in compulsory purchase compensation cases in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Recent public inquiries include appearances for Sainsbury’s (planning appeal, new superstore and over 600 apartments), Berkeley Homes (planning appeal, housing and new school in the Green Belt), Haringey LBC (Wards Corner Compulsory Purchase Order), Lendlease and Solihull MBC (Touchwood extension CPO-extension to Solihull’s main shopping centre), Barratt Group and Hounslow LBC (Hounslow High Street Quarter CPO-redevelopment in Hounslow town centre for housing, leisure and retail uses), Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar (Shell Centre/Southbank Place call-in inquiry for major office and housing development opposite Palace of Westminster), Roxhill and Rigby Group (call-in inquiry for 5 million sq. ft. class B development in the Green Belt), and Fairview Homes (appeal inquiries in London and South East).

Tim is currently acting for the Welsh Government on the Wylfa Newydd Development Consent Order.

Tim Corner has extensive experience of planning and public law cases in the higher courts and in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and is a former junior counsel to the Crown, A Panel. Recent cases include R (Hawksworth Securities PLC) v Peterborough City Council [2016] EWHC 1870 (Lang J, relevance of alternative sites in determining planning applications), William Hill v Crossrail [2016] UKUT 275 (Upper Tribunal, preliminary issue whether new parties can be substituted after expiry of limitation period), Dartford BC v Secretary of State [2016] EWHC 649 (Gilbart J, 5 year housing supply and paragraph 49 of NPPF), Leicester University v Secretary of State [2016] JPL 709 (Supperstone J, relevance of extrinsic evidence in interpreting planning permissions), Turner v Secretary of State [2015] EWCA Civ 582 (Court of Appeal, bias in public law), R (Foster and Langton) v Forest of Dean DC [2015] EWHC 2648 (Cranston J and Court of Appeal, Habitats Regulations), Attorney General v HMB Holdings [2014] UKPC 5 (Privy Council, valuation in compulsory purchase cases).

Tim is listed by Chambers & Partners as a leading silk in planning law and local government, and in the Legal 500 as a leading silk in planning, administrative and public, and environment law. Chambers & Partners list him as a “Star Individual” in planning.

Judicial Appointments
Deputy High Court Judge 2008
Recorder 2004 (authorised to sit at the Central Criminal Court – the Old Bailey)

Other Appointments
Member, Department of Communities and Local Government Panel of Expert Planning Mediators since November 2012
Member of the Welsh Government Panel of Queens Counsel since 2009
Chairman, Planning and Environment Bar Association 2008-2012
Chairman, Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate 2006-2010
Member, Joint Oxford Planning Law Conference Committee, 2001-2010
Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2007

Professional Associations
Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Publications
Articles in Journal of Planning and Environment Law on planning, environment and human rights

Languages
French, Italian

Qualifications

Recent public inquiries include appearances for Sainsbury’s (planning appeal, new superstore and over 600 apartments), Berkeley Homes (planning appeal, housing and new school in the Green Belt), Haringey LBC (Wards Corner Compulsory Purchase Order), Lendlease and Solihull MBC (Touchwood extension CPO-extension to Solihull’s main shopping centre), Barratt Group and Hounslow LBC (Hounslow High Street Quarter CPO-redevelopment in Hounslow town centre for housing, leisure and retail uses), Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar (Shell Centre/Southbank Place call-in inquiry for major office and housing development opposite Palace of Westminster), Roxhill and Rigby Group (call-in inquiry for 5 million sq. ft. class B development in the Green Belt), and Fairview Homes (appeal inquiries in London and South East).

Tim Corner has extensive experience of planning and public law cases in the higher courts and in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and is a former junior counsel to the Crown, A Panel. Recent cases include R (Hawksworth Securities PLC) v Peterborough City Council [2016] EWHC 1870 (Lang J, relevance of alternative sites in determining planning applications), William Hill v Crossrail [2016] UKUT 275 (Upper Tribunal, preliminary issue whether new parties can be substituted after expiry of limitation period), Dartford BC v Secretary of State [2016] EWHC 649 (Gilbart J, 5 year housing supply and paragraph 49 of NPPF), Leicester University v Secretary of State [2016] JPL 709 (Supperstone J, relevance of extrinsic evidence in interpreting planning permissions), Turner v Secretary of State [2015] EWCA Civ 582 (Court of Appeal, bias in public law), R (Foster and Langton) v Forest of Dean DC [2015] EWHC 2648 (Cranston J and Court of Appeal, Habitats Regulations), Attorney General v HMB Holdings [2014] UKPC 5 (Privy Council, valuation in compulsory purchase cases).

Tim is listed by Chambers and Partners as a leading silk in planning law, and in the Legal 500 as a leading silk in planning, administrative and public, and environment law. Chambers and Partners list him as a “Star Individual” in planning.

Judicial Appointments
Deputy High Court Judge 2008
Recorder 2004

Other Appointments
Member, Department of Communities and Local Government Panel of Expert Planning Mediators since November 2012
Member of the Welsh Government Panel of Queens Counsel since 2009
Chairman, Planning and Environment Bar Association 2008-2012
Chairman, Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate 2006-2010
Member, Joint Oxford Planning Law Conference Committee, 2001-2010
Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2007

Professional Associations
Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Publications
Articles in Journal of Planning and Environment Law on planning, environment and human rights

Languages
French, Italian

Inquiries

Inquiries

Wards Corner – Secretary of State confirms regeneration CPO in Haringey

23/01/2019

The Secretary of State has confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order for the redevelopment of the Wards Corner site in Haringey.  Click here for a copy of the decision and here for a copy of the Inspector’s report.

The main objectors were Latin American market traders who objected because of the temporary displacement of the market, raising issues under the Equalities and Human Rights legislation. The Secretary of State decided their rights had been sufficiently protected and that the redevelopment would bring substantial benefits.

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Entrance signage approved for Islington Square development

12/10/2018

The Inspector has allowed an appeal against Islington Council’s refusal to allow a canopy to be fitted to the listed former Post Office on Upper Street, Islington, to mark the entrance for the Islington Square development.

Click here for the decision.

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Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Chester Northgate) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017

17/09/2018

The Secretary of State has confirmed the CPO and associated orders for the £300 m Chester Northgate development.

Click here for the decision, here for the Inspector’s report, and here for the Stopping Up Order and other associated documents.

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Green Belt housing and new secondary school allowed in Surrey

21/03/2018

The Secretary of State has allowed an appeal by Berkeley Homes (Southern) Ltd and the Howard Partnership Trust against the refusal by Guildford Borough Council of permission for 295 dwellings and a replacement secondary school in the Green Belt at Effingham, Surrey.

Timothy Corner QC appeared for the Appellants.

For the decision and Inspector’s report, click here.

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Secretary of State allows appeal by Sainsbury’s for new store and 683 flats in Ilford

14/03/2018

The Secretary of State has allowed Sainsbury’s appeal for a major redevelopment in Ilford Town Centre, accepting that the development would bring substantial benefits and that the provision of 27 affordable housing units was the maximum reasonable. Timothy Corner QC appeared for Sainsbury’s and Neil Cameron QC appeared for the Council.

For the decision and Inspector’s report press here.

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Oxford student accommodation appeal dismissed on heritage grounds

04/12/2017

The Inspector has dismissed an appeal by McLaren and Merton College, Oxford against Oxford City Council’s refusal of planning permission for student accommodation at Manor Place, Oxford. The Inspector concluded that the scheme’s impact on heritage assets, including Magdalen College Grove (Deer Park) would not be outweighed by its public benefits.

Timothy Corner QC and Admas Habteslasie appeared for Magdalen College and the Oxford Preservation Trust.

Reuben Taylor QC and Andrew Byass acted for the Appellants. Please click here for the decision.

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Council of the Borough of South Tyneside (Barrington Street, Coronation Street, East Street, Keppel Street and King Street) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016 and associated Stopping Up Order

26/06/2017

The CPO and Stopping Up Order for the regeneration of South Shields have been confirmed.

Click here and here for the decisions, and here for the report.

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Metropolitan Borough of Solihull (Touchwood Extension, Solihull) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 and the Stopping Up of Highway (West Midlands) Order 201

18/10/2016

The CPO and Stopping Up Order were confirmed for the extension to the Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull.

Please click here and here for the decision letters and here for the report.

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London Borough of Hounslow (Hounslow High Street Quarter) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015

25/08/2016

The CPO was confirmed for major redevelopment of Hounslow town centre for housing, leisure and Class A development.

Please click here for the decision letter and here for the report.

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Housing inquiry in Northampton for Northampton Borough Council

09/08/2016

The Secretary of State granted outline planning permission for 1000 houses, but refused a detailed application for the first phase.

Please click here for the decision letter and report.

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Secretary of State grants permission for Northampton Sustainable Urban Extension

01/03/2016

The Secretary of State today allowed an appeal under s. 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and granted outline planning permission for “a sustainable urban extension to include up to 1,000 dwellings (class C3); a local centre with up to 1,320m2 net floorspace of retail, professional and financial services, and restaurants/ cafes (classes A1, A2 and A3); up to 375m2 net for a public house (class A4); 2.09ha of land for a two-form entry primary school; up to 750m2 for community uses which may include a medical centre, a pharmacy and a community centre (class D1); infrastructure improvements including a pumping station, green infrastructure and highway access” at land to the east of Hardingstone, Northampton.

The appellant was the Homes & Communities Agency.  The proposed sustainable urban extension was the subject of Policy N6 of the West Northamptonshire Core Strategy. The local planning authority refused planning permission based on the impact on character and appearance and traffic issues. An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State held an inquiry that sat for 9 days in June and July 2015. The Secretary of State’s decision to allow the appeal and grant permission in agreement with the Inspector’s recommendation is dated 29 February 2016.

James Maurici QC and Toby Fisher appeared for the Homes and Communities Agency, the appellant, instructed by Walker Morris LLP.

Tim Corner QC and Heather Sargent appeared for Northampton Borough Council.

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Housing inquiry for Fairview New Homes in Dartford

14/08/2015

Click here for the decision.

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Re-hearing inquiry for UK Coal PLC – Bradley site, Durham

03/06/2015

Click here for the decision.

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Housing inquiry for Fairview New Homes in Willesden

23/03/2015

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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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Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway call-in inquiry

13/05/2014

Inquiry into proposals for five million square feet employment floor space in the green belt south of Coventry.

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Cofferidge Close supermarket inquiry for CBRE Investors

14/03/2014

Planning appeal inquiry for supermarket in Milton Keynes area.

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Shell Centre Inquiry

12/12/2013

Planning inquiry into the 1.45m square ft. Shell Centre redevelopment, Central London.

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Fairview New Homes Inquiry at Dartford

04/10/2013

Click here for the decision.

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Housing Inquiry for Indigo Planning in Cramlington, nr Newcastle

25/07/2013

Click here for the decision.

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Lichfield Core Strategy

24/06/2013

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Fairview New Homes inquiry at Runnymede

11/06/2013

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Tottenham Hotspur CPO inquiry

11/03/2013

Tim Corner QC appeared for Haringey Council (leading Christopher Katkowski QC) in March-April 2013 at the inquiry into the CPO for the new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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Aylesbury Vale Core Strategy

30/09/2012

Resolution to grant permission for 2000 homes for Barratt.

In February and March 2010 Tim Corner QC and Lisa Busch appeared for Barratt Homes at the examination into the Aylesbury Vale Core Strategy, to promote Barratt’s proposals for more than 2000 homes. The Council has now resolved to grant permission for the proposals.

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O&H Properties Limited, land at Newton Leys, Aylesbury Vale

19/01/2012

Tim Corner QC appeared for O&H Properties Limited about a housing proposal on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, within Aylesbury Vale District. Planning permission was granted by the Secretary of State.

Click here for the decision.

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UK Coal PLC – Bradley site, Durham

23/11/2011

Tim Corner QC appeared for UK Coal in an inquiry about a surface mine proposal in County Durham.

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The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Bromley By Bow)(South) Compulsory Purchase Order

13/09/2011

A compulsory purchase inquiry in which Timothy Corner QC acted for the development corporation. TRAD successfully resisted the compulsory purchase order.

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Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Darlington

04/03/2011

Tim Corner QC appeared for Sainsbury’s at an inquiry into proposals to extend their superstore at Darlington.

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Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Archer Road Sheffield

04/01/2011

Tim Corner QC appeared for Sainsbury’s at an inquiry for extensions to their superstore in Archer Road Sheffield.

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Hadley Homes, Waltham Forest

05/12/2010

Tim Corner QC appeared for Hadley Homes at an inquiry into proposals for over 600 units of housing in Waltham Forest. Click here for the Secretary of State’s decision and Inspector’s report.

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Fairview Homes, Croydon

04/07/2010

Tim Corner QC appeared for Fairview New Homes Ltd in their appeal against refusal of planning permission for new housing development by Croydon LBC. Permission was granted. Click here for the decision.

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Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Chesterfield

04/05/2010

Tim Corner QC successfully appeared for Sainsbury’s in their appeal against Chesterfield BC’s refusal of permission for extension of a superstore. Click here for the decision.

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Kent International Gateway

23/12/2009

Timothy Corner QC and Stephen Whale represented Maidstone Borough Council at lengthy planning inquiry into appeal an against refusal to grant planning permission for strategic rail freight interchange on 112 hectares site; planning permission refused by the Secretary of State in September 2010. Click here for the decision.

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Daventry Housing Appeals Inquiry

23/07/2009

Timothy Corner QC and Stephen Whale represented West Northamptonshire Development Corporation at this lengthy planning inquiry into three appeals concerning proposals for up to 10,000 new houses on land outside Daventry.

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UK Coal PLC – Huntington Lane, Shropshire

01/04/2009

Inquiry into proposal for surface mining of coal (900,000 tonnes of coal, 250,000 tonnes of fireclay) in Telford Shropshire. Acting for the appellant.

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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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West Northamptonshire Development Corporation Inquiry

01/01/2009

Major multi party housing inquiry; three proposals for housing extensions to Daventry, totalling 10,000 units of housing; acted on behalf of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation.

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Kirkgate, Huddersfield

30/10/2008

Inquiry into extension to Huddersfield’s shopping centre; acted for appellant.

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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. Timothy Corner QC represented Tesco.

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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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Long Moor Surface Mine Site nr Coalville, Leicestershire

13/09/2005

A four week appeal into open cast mine proposals at Ravenstone, NW Leicestershire. The full range of environmental, sustainability and minerals planning issues were considered on a proposal which generated very high levels of local interest.

Timothy Corner QC appeared for UK Coal Mining Ltd.

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Fortune Green Road Inquiry

01/09/2004

Tim Corner QC for Sager Management, at an inquiry into six appeal schemes adjacent to Hampstead Cemetery, Camden. All schemes designed by Piers Gough and comprised residential-led mixed-use schemes with retail and leisure. The key issue was whether the appeal schemes contained enough Affordable Housing.

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Pelham Homes

23/06/2004

Major housing proposals in Canterbury and Thanet, Kent.

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MTV

14/04/2004

Application by MTV for new TV studios in Leicester Square, London.

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Tonbridge & Malling Major Sites Inquiry

31/01/2004

Four month call-in inquiry where three sites for approximately 1,000 houses each were in competition. Inquiry involved all apects of major residential development including green belt, environmental constraints and highway matters.

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Delancey London Company Ltd

20/01/2004

39-42 Portman Square, London, W1

Party represented – Delancey London Company Ltd

Office redevelopment in Portman Square

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J Sainsbury

08/04/2003

Superstore extension at Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

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Tesco

14/01/2003

Retail, call in inquiry circus at Margate, Kent.

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Wards Corner – Secretary of State confirms regeneration CPO in Haringey

23/01/2019

The Secretary of State has confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order for the redevelopment of the Wards Corner site in Haringey.  Click here for a copy of the decision and here for a copy of the Inspector’s report.

The main objectors were Latin American market traders who objected because of the temporary displacement of the market, raising issues under the Equalities and Human Rights legislation. The Secretary of State decided their rights had been sufficiently protected and that the redevelopment would bring substantial benefits.

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Entrance signage approved for Islington Square development

12/10/2018

The Inspector has allowed an appeal against Islington Council’s refusal to allow a canopy to be fitted to the listed former Post Office on Upper Street, Islington, to mark the entrance for the Islington Square development.

Click here for the decision.

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Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Chester Northgate) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017

17/09/2018

The Secretary of State has confirmed the CPO and associated orders for the £300 m Chester Northgate development.

Click here for the decision, here for the Inspector’s report, and here for the Stopping Up Order and other associated documents.

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Green Belt housing and new secondary school allowed in Surrey

21/03/2018

The Secretary of State has allowed an appeal by Berkeley Homes (Southern) Ltd and the Howard Partnership Trust against the refusal by Guildford Borough Council of permission for 295 dwellings and a replacement secondary school in the Green Belt at Effingham, Surrey.

Timothy Corner QC appeared for the Appellants.

For the decision and Inspector’s report, click here.

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Secretary of State allows appeal by Sainsbury’s for new store and 683 flats in Ilford

14/03/2018

The Secretary of State has allowed Sainsbury’s appeal for a major redevelopment in Ilford Town Centre, accepting that the development would bring substantial benefits and that the provision of 27 affordable housing units was the maximum reasonable. Timothy Corner QC appeared for Sainsbury’s and Neil Cameron QC appeared for the Council.

For the decision and Inspector’s report press here.

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Oxford student accommodation appeal dismissed on heritage grounds

04/12/2017

The Inspector has dismissed an appeal by McLaren and Merton College, Oxford against Oxford City Council’s refusal of planning permission for student accommodation at Manor Place, Oxford. The Inspector concluded that the scheme’s impact on heritage assets, including Magdalen College Grove (Deer Park) would not be outweighed by its public benefits.

Timothy Corner QC and Admas Habteslasie appeared for Magdalen College and the Oxford Preservation Trust.

Reuben Taylor QC and Andrew Byass acted for the Appellants. Please click here for the decision.

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Council of the Borough of South Tyneside (Barrington Street, Coronation Street, East Street, Keppel Street and King Street) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016 and associated Stopping Up Order

26/06/2017

The CPO and Stopping Up Order for the regeneration of South Shields have been confirmed.

Click here and here for the decisions, and here for the report.

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Metropolitan Borough of Solihull (Touchwood Extension, Solihull) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 and the Stopping Up of Highway (West Midlands) Order 201

18/10/2016

The CPO and Stopping Up Order were confirmed for the extension to the Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull.

Please click here and here for the decision letters and here for the report.

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London Borough of Hounslow (Hounslow High Street Quarter) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015

25/08/2016

The CPO was confirmed for major redevelopment of Hounslow town centre for housing, leisure and Class A development.

Please click here for the decision letter and here for the report.

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Housing inquiry in Northampton for Northampton Borough Council

09/08/2016

The Secretary of State granted outline planning permission for 1000 houses, but refused a detailed application for the first phase.

Please click here for the decision letter and report.

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Secretary of State grants permission for Northampton Sustainable Urban Extension

01/03/2016

The Secretary of State today allowed an appeal under s. 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and granted outline planning permission for “a sustainable urban extension to include up to 1,000 dwellings (class C3); a local centre with up to 1,320m2 net floorspace of retail, professional and financial services, and restaurants/ cafes (classes A1, A2 and A3); up to 375m2 net for a public house (class A4); 2.09ha of land for a two-form entry primary school; up to 750m2 for community uses which may include a medical centre, a pharmacy and a community centre (class D1); infrastructure improvements including a pumping station, green infrastructure and highway access” at land to the east of Hardingstone, Northampton.

The appellant was the Homes & Communities Agency.  The proposed sustainable urban extension was the subject of Policy N6 of the West Northamptonshire Core Strategy. The local planning authority refused planning permission based on the impact on character and appearance and traffic issues. An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State held an inquiry that sat for 9 days in June and July 2015. The Secretary of State’s decision to allow the appeal and grant permission in agreement with the Inspector’s recommendation is dated 29 February 2016.

James Maurici QC and Toby Fisher appeared for the Homes and Communities Agency, the appellant, instructed by Walker Morris LLP.

Tim Corner QC and Heather Sargent appeared for Northampton Borough Council.

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Housing inquiry for Fairview New Homes in Dartford

14/08/2015

Click here for the decision.

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Re-hearing inquiry for UK Coal PLC – Bradley site, Durham

03/06/2015

Click here for the decision.

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Housing inquiry for Fairview New Homes in Willesden

23/03/2015

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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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Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway call-in inquiry

13/05/2014

Inquiry into proposals for five million square feet employment floor space in the green belt south of Coventry.

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Cofferidge Close supermarket inquiry for CBRE Investors

14/03/2014

Planning appeal inquiry for supermarket in Milton Keynes area.

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Shell Centre Inquiry

12/12/2013

Planning inquiry into the 1.45m square ft. Shell Centre redevelopment, Central London.

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Fairview New Homes Inquiry at Dartford

04/10/2013

Click here for the decision.

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Housing Inquiry for Indigo Planning in Cramlington, nr Newcastle

25/07/2013

Click here for the decision.

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Lichfield Core Strategy

24/06/2013

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Fairview New Homes inquiry at Runnymede

11/06/2013

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Tottenham Hotspur CPO inquiry

11/03/2013

Tim Corner QC appeared for Haringey Council (leading Christopher Katkowski QC) in March-April 2013 at the inquiry into the CPO for the new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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Aylesbury Vale Core Strategy

30/09/2012

Resolution to grant permission for 2000 homes for Barratt.

In February and March 2010 Tim Corner QC and Lisa Busch appeared for Barratt Homes at the examination into the Aylesbury Vale Core Strategy, to promote Barratt’s proposals for more than 2000 homes. The Council has now resolved to grant permission for the proposals.

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O&H Properties Limited, land at Newton Leys, Aylesbury Vale

19/01/2012

Tim Corner QC appeared for O&H Properties Limited about a housing proposal on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, within Aylesbury Vale District. Planning permission was granted by the Secretary of State.

Click here for the decision.

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UK Coal PLC – Bradley site, Durham

23/11/2011

Tim Corner QC appeared for UK Coal in an inquiry about a surface mine proposal in County Durham.

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The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Bromley By Bow)(South) Compulsory Purchase Order

13/09/2011

A compulsory purchase inquiry in which Timothy Corner QC acted for the development corporation. TRAD successfully resisted the compulsory purchase order.

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Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Darlington

04/03/2011

Tim Corner QC appeared for Sainsbury’s at an inquiry into proposals to extend their superstore at Darlington.

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Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Archer Road Sheffield

04/01/2011

Tim Corner QC appeared for Sainsbury’s at an inquiry for extensions to their superstore in Archer Road Sheffield.

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Hadley Homes, Waltham Forest

05/12/2010

Tim Corner QC appeared for Hadley Homes at an inquiry into proposals for over 600 units of housing in Waltham Forest. Click here for the Secretary of State’s decision and Inspector’s report.

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Fairview Homes, Croydon

04/07/2010

Tim Corner QC appeared for Fairview New Homes Ltd in their appeal against refusal of planning permission for new housing development by Croydon LBC. Permission was granted. Click here for the decision.

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Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Chesterfield

04/05/2010

Tim Corner QC successfully appeared for Sainsbury’s in their appeal against Chesterfield BC’s refusal of permission for extension of a superstore. Click here for the decision.

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Kent International Gateway

23/12/2009

Timothy Corner QC and Stephen Whale represented Maidstone Borough Council at lengthy planning inquiry into appeal an against refusal to grant planning permission for strategic rail freight interchange on 112 hectares site; planning permission refused by the Secretary of State in September 2010. Click here for the decision.

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Daventry Housing Appeals Inquiry

23/07/2009

Timothy Corner QC and Stephen Whale represented West Northamptonshire Development Corporation at this lengthy planning inquiry into three appeals concerning proposals for up to 10,000 new houses on land outside Daventry.

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UK Coal PLC – Huntington Lane, Shropshire

01/04/2009

Inquiry into proposal for surface mining of coal (900,000 tonnes of coal, 250,000 tonnes of fireclay) in Telford Shropshire. Acting for the appellant.

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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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West Northamptonshire Development Corporation Inquiry

01/01/2009

Major multi party housing inquiry; three proposals for housing extensions to Daventry, totalling 10,000 units of housing; acted on behalf of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation.

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Kirkgate, Huddersfield

30/10/2008

Inquiry into extension to Huddersfield’s shopping centre; acted for appellant.

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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. Timothy Corner QC represented Tesco.

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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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Long Moor Surface Mine Site nr Coalville, Leicestershire

13/09/2005

A four week appeal into open cast mine proposals at Ravenstone, NW Leicestershire. The full range of environmental, sustainability and minerals planning issues were considered on a proposal which generated very high levels of local interest.

Timothy Corner QC appeared for UK Coal Mining Ltd.

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Fortune Green Road Inquiry

01/09/2004

Tim Corner QC for Sager Management, at an inquiry into six appeal schemes adjacent to Hampstead Cemetery, Camden. All schemes designed by Piers Gough and comprised residential-led mixed-use schemes with retail and leisure. The key issue was whether the appeal schemes contained enough Affordable Housing.

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Pelham Homes

23/06/2004

Major housing proposals in Canterbury and Thanet, Kent.

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MTV

14/04/2004

Application by MTV for new TV studios in Leicester Square, London.

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Tonbridge & Malling Major Sites Inquiry

31/01/2004

Four month call-in inquiry where three sites for approximately 1,000 houses each were in competition. Inquiry involved all apects of major residential development including green belt, environmental constraints and highway matters.

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Delancey London Company Ltd

20/01/2004

39-42 Portman Square, London, W1

Party represented – Delancey London Company Ltd

Office redevelopment in Portman Square

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J Sainsbury

08/04/2003

Superstore extension at Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

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Tesco

14/01/2003

Retail, call in inquiry circus at Margate, Kent.

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