Ben has a busy planning practice. He advises and acts in respect of a wide range of planning and highways matters including residential, retail and infrastructure schemes. He acts for both developers and local authorities. Ben has also experience and expertise in planning enforcement work whether advisory work, on appeals or prosecutions.
Ben is acting for Lochailort in the substantive hearing of his client's judicial review concerning the draft local green space policies of a neighbourhood plan. He is being led by Richard Ground QC.
Ben is acting for Merthyr Tydfil CBC in a substantial definitive map modification order inquiry. The inquiry concerns over 100 rights of way. Ben is being led by Michael Bedford QC. The inquiry is scheduled to sit for 10 weeks.
Ben acted for Historic England in City and Council Bramshill Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government  EWHC 3437 (Admin). He was led by Richard Ground QC. The cases addresses a number of important issues including the correct approach to heritage policies in the NPPF.
Ben acted for Lochailort in R. (on the application of Lochailort Investments Ltd) v Mendip DC  EWHC 2633 (QB). He was led by Richard Ground QC. They successfully obtained interim relief to prevent a local planning authority from holding a referendum on a draft neighbourhood plan whilst Lochailort pursue a challenge to the draft policies concerning local green space.
Ben, led by Richard Ground QC, appeared at the examination into the Mendip District Council Local Plan where they successfully argued that the draft local green space policies should be deleted from the emerging plan.
Ben represented the Roseacre Awareness Group at the reopened public inquiry into the proposed shale gas exploration works at Roseacre Wood. The fracking site is being promoted by Cuadrilla. RAG are opposed to the scheme on the basis of highways safety and suitability objections.
Ben is being led by Tom Cosgrove QC in a joined inquiry concerning two proposed housing sites in Chinnor. They are acting for South Oxfordshire District Council.
Ben was led by James Findlay QC in respect of a statutory challenge under s.288 of the TCPA 1990. The challenge was in respect of a planning permission obtained by their client on an appeal. They succeeded in arguing that permission to proceed on the challenge should be refused.
Ben was led by Richard Ground QC at an inquiry into the proposed expansion of Cribbs Causeway outside of Bristol. The scheme proposed 80,000sq m of new town centre space. He and Richard acted on behalf of Bristol City Council who are opposed to the scheme on the basis of its retail impacts on the city centre, the availability of a sequentially preferable site and the highways impacts of the scheme.
Ben was led by Richard Ground QC in an inquiry into a proposal for 800 homes near Herne Bay. Ben and Richard acted on behalf of Canterbury City Council. The scheme raised issues of viability, highways safety and five-year housing land supply.
Ben also appeared in several interesting enforcement inquiries in respect of a diverse range of sites including HMOs, beds in sheds, farm yards and storage facilities.
Ben assisted Richard Ground QC in an inquiry where they successfully opposed an application for a Strategic Rail Freight Terminal on behalf of Slough BC. The Secretary of State's decision was upheld by the High Court in Goodman Logistics v Secretary of State  JPL 1115.