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Edward Grant

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Edward (Ed) Grant specialises in planning law. He has a particular focus on inquiries involving substantial housing developments including high-profile and high-impact London schemes. He also has a noted expertise in complex planning enforcement matters.

Ed is regularly listed in the legal directories as a leading practitioner in planning law, in which he is most recently described as "incredibly diligent and a very effective advocate" (Chambers and Partners 2019).

Edward (Ed) Grant specialises in planning law. He represents local authorities, developers, and third parties, and regularly appears in Public Inquiries involving very substantial and often high-profile housing developments. These include high-impact London schemes, and he is often instructed in cases where sensitive heritage matters of national and international importance arise.

In addition, he is noted for his expertise in complex planning enforcement cases and was the co-author of the book Planning Enforcement published by Wildys.

Ed is consistently listed as a leading practitioner in planning law in the legal directories, which have described him as "incredibly diligent and a very effective advocate" , "a master of the details and tenacious cross-examiner", and "a highly skilled advocate" who "gives very vigorous, authoritative advice".

"He is incredibly diligent and very knowledgeable and experienced. He provides excellent support and guidance throughout the appeal process and he is a very effective advocate." Chambers and Partners 2019

"Strong and in-depth planning law advice" The Legal 500 2018

"His forensic analysis of detail stands out. He's got a very clear mind, is able to identify the issues and can apply these strengths to cases for maximum advantage. He's a master of the details and he's insightful in finding weaknesses with the other side's case." "A tenacious cross-examiner who is able to get to the heart of the issues quickly."  Chambers & Partners 2018

"He has expertise in representing local planning authorities and developers." - Legal 500 2017

"Tenacious advocate who is incisive and able to get to the heart of the issue." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Enjoys a strong reputation...particularly in relation to housing and planning enforcement matters...attracts praise for his adept handling of inquiries.' 'He gives very vigorous, authoritative advice'...'He is very thorough and clear in what he needs from clients and they appreciate that.'" Chambers & Partners 2016

"Recommended for planning inquiries." Legal 500 2016

"Acts for developers and local authorities on a range of matters, and has particular expertise in housing schemes. He is a highly skilled advocate, praised for his structured approach to conferences. His advocacy is thorough and well prepared...He's a very intense and close cross-examiner of the facts". Chambers & Partners 2015

"Incisive in cross-examination, and has a keen eye on the strengths and weaknesses of any case". Legal 500 2015

Overview

Ed is regularly instructed by both public and private sector clients to appear in planning inquiries, often in relation to significant housing developments. He is recognised as a leading planning barrister in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Housing and other major developments
Ed is instructed by both local authorities and developers, and some examples of cases where recently instructed include:

  • Brentford High Street 6 and 7 storey mixed use including 193 new dwellings, call-in Inquiry (2019)
  • Shepperton Studios expansion (2019)
  • Harrow School new sports hall call-in inquiry (2019)
  • Wood Green High Street Inquiry - mixed-use scheme on Marks & Spencer site for demolition and replacement by 9 storey building including commercial floorspace and 121 residential flats (2019)
  • Staines Town Centre Regeneration Inquiry - mixed use scheme for six new buildings of up to 16 storeys in height including nearly 500 residential flats (2019)
  • Chiswick Curve - 32 storey landmark tall building call-in Inquiry, proposal to build the tallest building in West London (2018)
  • Syon Park Inquiry - linked appeals involving new housing estate (127 units) opposite Syon Park to subside multi-million pound repairs to Syon House but at sacrifice of Capability Brown landscape, raising heritage issues of national importance (2018)
  • New development of up to 49 houses in Frinton (2017)
  • Clapham Park regeneration development which includes 2300 units (2017)
  • New development of up to 141 dwellings in Milton Keynes (2017)
  • Mixed use town centre development including 280 residential units in Ashford, Middlesex (2017)
  • Mixed use development including 70 residential units in Hornsey (2017)
  • New development of 300 homes in Edenbridge (2016)
  • New mixed-use development including 178 homes in Croydon (2016)
  • New development of 22 retirement homes in Tenterden, Ashford (2015)
  • New development of 95 homes in Tottenham (2015)
  • New development of 173 homes in Westergate, West Sussex (2014)
  • New development of 79 homes in Fontwell, West Sussex (2014)
  • New development of 268 homes in Eastergate, West Sussex (2014)

Enforcement
He is instructed by both local authorities and private sector clients in relation to complex and sensitive matters relating to planning enforcement. He is the co-author of the text book 'Planning Enforcement' published by Wildys in 2015, and has been a speaker on the subject at the 2016 RTPI Legal Update Conference and the 2017 Lawyers in Local Government Conference.

Edward is also instructed in relation to planning-related prosecutions, not least because in addition to his planning expertise he is able to draw on his early years at the Bar when he specialised in crime and was one of the Attorney-General's Panel of Advocates.

Some examples of recent cases include:

  • Inquiry regarding unlawful warehouse residential development in protected industrial area (2018)
  • Inquiry regarding unlawful industrial development of green belt land adjacent to Heathrow Airport (2018)
  • Inquiry relating to deliberate concealment of unlawful residential use (2017)
  • Inquiry relating to unlawful residential use where LPA allege deliberate concealment (2017)
  • Inquiry relating to unlawful conversion of building to 13 self-contained flats (2017)
  • Representing construction company and firm of architects prosecuted for unlawful demolition of a building in a conservation area (2016)
  • Advising hotel in the Cotswolds on lawfulness of conversion to apart-hotel (2016)
  • Inquiry relating to unlawful use of land within National Park for gypsy and traveller site (2016)
  • Inquiry relating to unlawful use of residential land for breaking of motor cars and storage/sale of components (2016)
  • Representing hotel in London prosecuted in relation to unlawful conversion to self-contained flats (2015)
  • Inquiry relating to unlawful use of warehouses in protected industrial area for residential units (2014)

Interested third parties
Edward is frequently instructed to advise and represent Rule 6 third parties at Planning Inquiry. Some examples of recent cases include:

  • Representing Parish Council at Inquiry in South Oxfordshire relating to gypsy and traveller site adjacent to a countryside village (2017)
  • Representing McDonald Hotels Ltd at Inquiry in Hertfordshire relating to gypsy and traveller site on Green Belt on land adjacent to a hotel (2017)
  • Representing local residents at Inquiry in Sussex relating to gypsy and traveller site within South Downs National Park (2016)
  • Representing local residents at Inquiry in Norfolk objecting to proposed quarry in countryside location within setting of Grade I listed church (2014)

Cases

London drones and planning: what does the future hold?
13.03.2019
Drone technology and capability has the potential to transform the way we live in London and across the UK. The potential falls broadly into two categories: cargo transportation and passenger....

Success for LB Hounslow in Syon Park appeal
06.12.2018
Members at LB Hounslow had rejected the recommendations of officers and refused two linked applications for planning permission submitted by Northumberland Estates (ie Duke of Northumberland). The first application sought planning....

Planning inquiry concerning gypsy and traveller site
24.01.2017
Edward Grant represented McDonald Hotels Ltd at a 4 day planning inquiry, a Rule 6 party at appeal against refusal of planning permission for proposed gypsy and traveller site on land....

News

Edward Grant joins Cornerstone Barristers
20.02.2017
Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Edward Grant has joined Chambers from February 2017. Edward specialises in public, planning and environmental law, with a particular focus on substantial housing developments....

LLG Conference - Planning Enforcement
20.01.2017
Edward Grant speaks on 'Planning Enforcement' at Lawyers in Local Government Conference, hosted by Eversheds on 20th January 2017.....

Planning Enforcement

1st July 2015

Edward is the co-author of the book 'Planning Enforcement' published by Wildy, Simmonds and Hill in July 2015.

In addition to the conduct of his cases Edward frequently speaks at planning law events and provides training to clients within both the public and private sector. 

Some recent examples include:

  • Panellist at PEBA Conference, 'Protecting the Green Belt' debate (2015)
  • Speaker at RTPI Legal Update Conference on 'Planning Enforcement' (2016)
  • Officer training seminar for local authority on 'Preparing for and Giving Evidence at Inquiries' (2016)
  • Half-day officer training seminar for local authority on Planning Enforcement (2016)
  • Seminar on 'Preparing for and Giving Evidence at Inquiries' for national firm of planning consultants (2016)
  • Speaker at Lawyers in Local Government Conference on 'Planning Enforcement' (2017)
  • Member of Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • Member of South-Eastern Circuit
  • Member of Inner Temple

Case: Planning and Environment

London drones and planning: what does the future hold?

13th March 2019

Drone technology and capability has the potential to transform the way we live in London and across the UK. The potential falls broadly into two categories: cargo transportation and passenger....

Case: Planning and Environment

Success for LB Hounslow in Syon Park appeal

6th December 2018

Members at LB Hounslow had rejected the recommendations of officers and refused two linked applications for planning permission submitted by Northumberland Estates (ie Duke of Northumberland). The first application sought planning....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

Edward Grant joins Cornerstone Barristers

20th February 2017

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Edward Grant has joined Chambers from February 2017. Edward specialises in public, planning and environmental law, with a particular focus on substantial housing developments....

Case: Planning and Environment

Planning inquiry concerning gypsy and traveller site

24th January 2017

Edward Grant represented McDonald Hotels Ltd at a 4 day planning inquiry, a Rule 6 party at appeal against refusal of planning permission for proposed gypsy and traveller site on land....

News: Planning and Environment

LLG Conference - Planning Enforcement

20th January 2017

Edward Grant speaks on 'Planning Enforcement' at Lawyers in Local Government Conference, hosted by Eversheds on 20th January 2017.....