Energy and Natural Resources
He has advised on a range of issues concerning sustainable energy supplies and natural resources including open cast coal mining; electricity generating plants; power stations; wind farms and other renewable energy schemes. He has appeared at public inquiry and also advised on the formulation of energy policies in Development Planning Documents. In terms of natural resources he has wide experience of minerals plans and also other resources such as ground water from aquifers and boreholes.
He acted in relation to the A45 New Settlement in Cambridgeshire; he was long standing adviser to the Locking Castle Consortium (Persimmon and Westbury) at Weston-Super-Mare; has been instructed by RPS, Bovis Homes, GL Hearne, Hunter Page, Mason Richards, Boyer Planning, Cole Easton, and Bell Cornwall on numerous housing appeals; appeared in wide range of housing appeals from prestigious single dwellings up to a 3,500 dwelling new community in East Devon at Exeter.
He was an advisor over many years to English Heritage including Hill Hall Motorway Service Area Inquiry; Trentham Gardens enabling development Inquiry; Orchard Leigh Estate, Frome Inquiry; Regent Hotel, Leamington Spar High Court challenge; City of Bristol College, Ashley Down acting for Prowting Homes (one of largest group of listed buildings in England); Jumbo Water Tower at Colchester; and a wide range of public inquiries involving listed buildings.
Town Centre Redevelopments and Food and Non-Food Retail
He has been involved in the Cribbs Causeway Regional Shopping Centre Inquiries 1 and 2; Emersons Green RSC; Comprehensive town centre redevelopments in Plymouth, Welwyn Hatfield and Sittingbourne; and a wide range of superstore inquiries including regularly appearing against Tesco, Asda, Safeway and Sainsburys to protect town centre retail. Major town centre redevelopment schemes including Plymouth, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Bristol and Sittingbourne. He has extensive experience of leading teams and carrying out detailing cross examination in Retail Planning Inquiries.
He has acted in relation to the British Aerospace site in Hatfield (the largest employment site in the South East); the Euro centre and Abbey Park inquiries in the Thames Gateway at Swale; and a range of industrial inquiries, including issue of "funding cocktails" to secure development, and dealing with contaminated land.
Thame Service Centre Inquiry; Motorway Service Areas at sites bordering the M25; Kollerdome Stadium Inquiry (Luton Town); promoted the new Football Stadium at Barnet FC; Kent Nature Conservation inquiry at Lappel Bank, Sheerness; North of Hertford "Superpit" inquiry; Hertfordshire Minerals Plan; Kent Waste Plan; South Gloucestershire Minerals and Waste Local Plan; and Open Cast Coal Mining Inquiries; has appeared for London Business School instructed by Colliers CRE; appeared at Crowfield and Little Gransden Airfield Inquiries; and has advised South Northants Council on the production of a Planning Brief to govern the redevelopment of the motorracing Circuit at Silverstone to retain the F1 Grand Prix.
He has promoted for the Planning Authority eleven local plans including the Hamble Local Plan; St Albans Local Plan; Welwyn and Hatfield Local Plan; Luton Local Plan; Stevenage Local Plan; South Northamptonshire Local Plan; Review of Welwyn Plan; Swale Local Plan; Welwyn Local Plan Review 2003; the East Devon Local Plan; and the Swale Local Plan Review.
He has presented objections to Local Plans including Westbury Homes at Stroud Local Plan; Heron Land Developments at South Gloucestershire Local Plan; Bovis Homes at Wokingham, Colchester and Winchester Local Plans; Barratt Homes, Bovis, Persimmon and Westbury Homes at Bromsgrove Local Plan; RPS Nigel Moor at Aylesbury Vale Local Plan; HBF at Chelmsford Local Plan and for the major Locking Castle Consortium at the North Somerset Local Plan.
He has appeared for a number of London Local Authorities at the hearings in the House of Commons into the Crossrail Bill and is a member of the Parliamentary Bar Mess.
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
He has long standing experience of CPO schemes including land assembly for major retail and housing schemes related to the exercise of planning powers and "back to back agreements".
He has acted in CPO schemes for Plymouth Town Centre, Brighton Town Centre, the Locking Castle Area Action Plan, the Millennium Bridge in Coventry Town Centre and a broad range of other CPO schemes. He argued a leading case in compulsory acquisition against the Government of Mauritius in the Privy Council, Supreme Court.