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 a keen interest in planning enforcement work whether advisory work, on appeals or prosecutions.
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.