William Hicks QC

Call: 1975Silk: 1995
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Practice Summary

William (Bill) Hicks QC came to the Bar with the intention of specialising in planning. He was called in 1975 and took silk in 1995. He was joint head of Eldon Chambers one of the two Chambers which merged to form Landmark Chambers. He has been involved in a wide range of planning work for over 25 years. Some particular areas of expertise are retail, residential, highways, infrastructure, transportation, listed buildings, environment and energy.

As in previous years, he is listed as a leading silk in planning in Chambers & Partners 2008 & 2009

“Top-class silk William Hicks QC is an old favourite of many because he is very focused, hard-working and a good team player. Sources recommended him particularly for his pragmatic advice on large schemes and his brilliant advocacy.”

“A brilliant tactician who provides straightforward, realistic advice that is easily comprehensible to clients.”

He is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, the Administrative Law Bar Association and committee member of the Parliamentary Bar Mess.

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Qualifications

William Hicks read economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2000.

Inquiries

Scotforth Road Lancaster

16/08/2012

Recovered appeal for an out of town mixed use retail scheme.

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Smithfield General and Annex Market, London EC1

13/11/2008

Proposals for the redevelopment of buildings which make a positive contribution to a conservation area. Particular interest lies in design, conservation, and planning issues complicated by engineering issues relating to the requirement to replace the lids covering Thameslink which runs beneath the site. 8 week call in Inquiry (November 07 – January 08). Acting for City of London (Planning Authority and site owner) supporting the proposal. Instructing solicitor Deborah Cluett. Other main parties Thornfield (applicants), English Heritage and SAVE (objecting). No decision yet.

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Doon Street, adjacent to the National Theatre on Upper Ground, London SE1

12/02/2008

The Doon Street scheme is a major mixed development (adjacent to the National Theatre on Upper Ground, London SE1) master-planned by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and set out in three complementary planning applications:

  1. An educational/office building with adjacent town square and direct connection to Waterloo Bridge
  2. Rambert Dance Company’s new headquarters and three dance studios
  3. 329 flats and a public swimming and indoor leisure centre

All three applications were approved by Lambeth Council in August 2007 and by the Mayor of London in September 2007. On 25 September 2007, the Secretary of State announced that Lambeth Council could issue consents for the proposals for the western half of the site (the Waterloo bridge end – applications 1 & 2) but wished the application for the eastern end (application 3) to come to her for decision after being examined at a public inquiry.

The inquiry was held in February/March 2008. William Hicks QC represented the applicants. Major objectors were English Heritage represented by Neil King QC and Royal Parks. The main issues related to views of the residential tower from St. James’ Park and Somerset House, and the Tower’s relationship with the National Theatre and Festival Hall. A decision is expected in August 2008.

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Cranleigh Brick and Tile Works, Cranleigh, Surrey (Inquiry)

30/10/2007

Proposal to remediate a badly contaminated ex chemical factory and brickworks site in the Surrey countryside. Enabling development of 170 houses. Particular interest is that the site is a special site because of chemical pollution of water, and enabling development contrary to normal countryside and transportation policies was argued to be the only realistic way to achieve remediation. Significant technical issues relating to remediation. Acting for Cherokee who are a major US company with world wide experience of remediation. Instructing solicitors Denton Wilde Sapte (Emma White / Stephen Ashworth). Other parties District and County Councils (objecting). Inquiry 2 weeks (Nov 2007). Appeal dismissed in 2008.

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Inquiries

The Sprucefield Centre, Belfast (Plan Inquiry)

03/05/2007

Objection to Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (May 2007) relating to policies for the Sprucefield Regional Shopping Centre. Particular interest was the potential for John Lewis to locate their first store in Northern Ireland at the centre. Acting for Westfield the owners of the centre. Instructed by Nabarro’s (Martin Evans).

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Thames Gateway inquiry

01/06/2005

Public inquiry into the £500m Thames Gateway bridge, a proposed new crossing of the River Thames in east London.

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

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

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

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

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

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Inquiries

Scotforth Road Lancaster

16/08/2012

Recovered appeal for an out of town mixed use retail scheme.

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Inquiries

Smithfield General and Annex Market, London EC1

13/11/2008

Proposals for the redevelopment of buildings which make a positive contribution to a conservation area. Particular interest lies in design, conservation, and planning issues complicated by engineering issues relating to the requirement to replace the lids covering Thameslink which runs beneath the site. 8 week call in Inquiry (November 07 – January 08). Acting for City of London (Planning Authority and site owner) supporting the proposal. Instructing solicitor Deborah Cluett. Other main parties Thornfield (applicants), English Heritage and SAVE (objecting). No decision yet.

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Inquiries

Doon Street, adjacent to the National Theatre on Upper Ground, London SE1

12/02/2008

The Doon Street scheme is a major mixed development (adjacent to the National Theatre on Upper Ground, London SE1) master-planned by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and set out in three complementary planning applications:

  1. An educational/office building with adjacent town square and direct connection to Waterloo Bridge
  2. Rambert Dance Company’s new headquarters and three dance studios
  3. 329 flats and a public swimming and indoor leisure centre

All three applications were approved by Lambeth Council in August 2007 and by the Mayor of London in September 2007. On 25 September 2007, the Secretary of State announced that Lambeth Council could issue consents for the proposals for the western half of the site (the Waterloo bridge end – applications 1 & 2) but wished the application for the eastern end (application 3) to come to her for decision after being examined at a public inquiry.

The inquiry was held in February/March 2008. William Hicks QC represented the applicants. Major objectors were English Heritage represented by Neil King QC and Royal Parks. The main issues related to views of the residential tower from St. James’ Park and Somerset House, and the Tower’s relationship with the National Theatre and Festival Hall. A decision is expected in August 2008.

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Inquiries

Cranleigh Brick and Tile Works, Cranleigh, Surrey (Inquiry)

30/10/2007

Proposal to remediate a badly contaminated ex chemical factory and brickworks site in the Surrey countryside. Enabling development of 170 houses. Particular interest is that the site is a special site because of chemical pollution of water, and enabling development contrary to normal countryside and transportation policies was argued to be the only realistic way to achieve remediation. Significant technical issues relating to remediation. Acting for Cherokee who are a major US company with world wide experience of remediation. Instructing solicitors Denton Wilde Sapte (Emma White / Stephen Ashworth). Other parties District and County Councils (objecting). Inquiry 2 weeks (Nov 2007). Appeal dismissed in 2008.

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Inquiries

The Sprucefield Centre, Belfast (Plan Inquiry)

03/05/2007

Objection to Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (May 2007) relating to policies for the Sprucefield Regional Shopping Centre. Particular interest was the potential for John Lewis to locate their first store in Northern Ireland at the centre. Acting for Westfield the owners of the centre. Instructed by Nabarro’s (Martin Evans).

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Inquiries

Thames Gateway inquiry

01/06/2005

Public inquiry into the £500m Thames Gateway bridge, a proposed new crossing of the River Thames in east London.

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

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

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

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

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

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