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Harriet Townsend

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Harriet specialises in planning and environment law, and related property matters (most notably compulsory purchase). Her practice also covers a wide range of matters concerned with the exercise of local authority powers and duties.

Harriet is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in these fields. 

Harriet is an independent barrister, primarily working on cases concerning planning and environment law.

Her practice also covers a wide range of other public law issues, mostly those concerned with the exercise of local authority powers and duties, as well as related property matters (most notably compulsory purchase and compensation).

Recent editions of the principal directories praise her for getting to the nub of things easily, for the quality of her advocacy, and for her response to pressure – as well as her knowledge of the law.

Harriet's clients include individuals, public authorities, planning consultants, developers, and solicitors working throughout England and Wales.

Recent work includes:

  • Judicial review and statutory appeals to the High Court
  • Planning and enforcement appeals raising issues of air quality; biodiversity – including statutory protection for habitats and species; and heritage
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Basement development
  • The delivery of significant and sensitive heritage projects
  • Access to environmental information
  • Local authority conduct, claims of misfeasance, bias, and maladministration.

Harriet is BSc(Hons) in Mathematics and Economics, 1st Class, and was called to the Bar in 1992.

Significant recent cases

  • Planning Appeal at Racecourse Plantations, Norwich (6-day inquiry) – decision dated 30 January 2019 – 300 dwellings and a new Community Woodland Park on land designated as a county wildlife site, acting for Broadland District Council. Issues: impact on biodiversity and on the Development Plan's Green Infrastructure Strategy; deliverability of the benefits claimed for the Community Woodland Park proposed within a planning obligation.
  • Planning Appeal, Hendy Windfarm, Llandegley (8-day inquiry) – decision dated 25 October 2018 – 7 turbine windfarm with 17.5 MW capacity with access over common land, acting for Powys County Council. Issues: landscape and heritage impact.
  • Llanerch Fields Village Green Inquiry, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire (2018). For landowner and objector to the application for registration. Issues: 20 years of use of recreation ground was use with permission; use was interrupted.
  • Planning Appeal, Persimmon Homes at Bell Lane, Ipswich (4-day inquiry) – decision dated 20 July 2018 – outline 300 dwellings, acting for Suffolk Coastal District Council. Issues: housing land supply; Development Plan policy and strategy.
  • Kuznetsov v SSCLG and London Borough of Camden (2017) and London Borough of Camden (Bacton Low Rise) CPO 2015 – for Acquiring Authority promoting the CPO at Inquiry and (with Matt Hutchings QC) in responding to the High Court Challenge.
  • R (Chetwynd) v South Norfolk Council and others (2017) – concerned the exercise of planning enforcement powers. For the two principal Respondents. Claim for damages for misfeasance in public office summarily dismissed and held totally without merit.
  • Planning Appeal at Candlet Road Felixstowe (SoS decision) 31 August 2017 – major mixed-use development including 560 dwellings. For Local Planning Authority Suffolk Coastal District Council. Issues: housing land supply; landscape impact; infrastructure provision.

Naturally, a proportion of Harriet's work over the past few years is either confidential or incomplete. For specific advice on her experience, please contact Sam Collins for advice.

"She has a careful, analytical approach to problem solving. As an advocate, Harriet is adept and courteous. She is reliable and has a calm and pleasant manner which makes her a pleasure to work with." "She is knowledgeable and very well organised. An excellent advocate who is very confident." Chambers and Partners 2019

"A personable junior who provides prompt advice." The Legal 500 2018

"Enthusiastic, approachable and extremely supportive: her knowledge of compulsory purchase orders is excellent." The Legal 500 2018

"Her advocacy at CPO public inquiries is excellent, and she's very good at getting to the nub of things eaisly. A very good advocate who provides effective and practical advice." - Chambers and Partners 2018

"She provides efficient and practical advice." Legal 500 2017

"'Well liked by clients." Legal 500 2017

"She has excellent knowledge of planning and environmental law. A very surefooted advocate who is without arrogance. She shows good judgement when presenting cases and is very thorough in her preparation." Chambers & Partners 2017

"A wonderful barrister, who is calm, fabulous with clients, fiercely bright and a great advocate." Legal 500 2016

"A knowledgeable and thorough junior" who "makes sure there is a team ethic" - Chambers & Partners 2016

"An excellent advocate at public inquiries; she sees the wood from the trees." Legal 500 2016

Harriet is "thorough and calm under pressure" – Legal 500 2016

Harriet "provides clear and practical advice" - Chambers & Partners 2015

Overview

Harriet is an experienced barrister and a specialist in planning and environment law. She is quick and flexible to respond to instructions, sensitive to the needs of clients, and she has the necessary qualities to lead her client's team in big cases against powerful opponents.

She has recent experience of most of the technically complex issues in planning including:

  • Housing land supply
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Green belt policy
  • Basement policy in London Boroughs
  • Heritage protection: the assessment and mitigation of impact – including enabling development proposals
  • Energy development including solar and wind energy proposals
  • Viability assessments
  • The Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Contempt of court – and planning injunctions

Environmental work outside the planning field includes:

  • The Aarhus Convention and environmental information
  • Local authority duties re contaminated land
  • Actions for nuisance (including mediation)

Harriet's recent inquiry work has concerned highly contentious residential development proposals and onshore wind energy development. It has involved evidence and legal argument on biodiversity; heritage law and policy; infrastructure funding; and energy policy.

She is familiar with the different legal and policy requirements in England and Wales.

For significant recent cases please refer to the main Profile or to Cases and News.

Harriet also relishes the work she does on small scale proposals in sensitive locations which raise challenging legal and planning issues, for example basement development in central London, river-edge development adjoining the Thames, and assets of community value.

Cases

How high the permission hurdle? or When is an argument not arguable?
31.03.2019

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Brecon and Radnor Branch) v Welsh Ministers, Powys County Council and Hendy Windfarm Ltd [2019] EWHC 621 (Admin)

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Inspector’s failure to deal properly with neighbourhood plan conflict leads to quashing of residential scheme - Aldingbourne PC v SSCLG (CO/2105/2017)
28.11.2017
The High Court has quashed (by consent) the decision of an Inspector to grant planning permission for 14 residential units on land at Barnside, Hook Lane, Aldingbourne, West Sussex. The proposal....

Camden successfully defends CPO of Bacton Low Rise Estate
02.11.2017
In a judgment handed down on 26 September 2017, Mr Justice Dove: • Summarised the principles applicable to CPO challenges• Rejected grounds based on technical procedural breaches which had not caused....

Great Yarmouth Borough Council (Millora Works) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 inquiry
01.05.2016
Great Yarmouth Borough Council (Millora Works) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 inquiry (May 2016) representing acquiring authority. Inquiry deferred to enable settlement of objection by the owner of the land, an....

Taylor Wimpey planning inquiry
24.04.2016
Taylor Wimpey planning inquiry (conjoined), residential development of land at Fairfield Road, Framlingham, representing local planning authority. Decision letter of Inspector John Braithwaite dated 24 April 2016. Issues: housing land....

Persimmon planning inquiry
24.04.2016
Persimmon planning inquiry (conjoined), residential development of land at Mount Pleasant, Framlingham, representing local planning authority. Decision letter of Inspector John Braithwaite dated 24 April 2016. Issues: housing land supply,....

Listed building challenges ruled Totally Without Merit
11.03.2016

Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave judgment yesterday in two related challenges to public law decisions of the Welsh Government concerning the Grade II* listed former North Wales Hospital, Denbigh. This stunning Tudorbethan building has been allowed to fall into a state of abject dereliction by its owner, Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd.

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Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Welsh Ministers and Denbighshire County Council
11.03.2016
Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Welsh Ministers and Denbighshire County Council [2016] EWHC 482 (Admin), Hickinbottom J's judgment following a joint hearing of two matters, both dismissed and ruled totally without....

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea v SSCLG and M Harold
01.03.2016
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea v SSCLG and M Harold [2016] EWHC 703 (Admin), representing the developer in a section 288 challenge by the local planning authority. 3 storey....

Crest Nicholson planning inquiry
24.02.2016
Crest Nicholson planning inquiry, residential development of land at Chestnut Park, Kingswood, Glos, representing Kingswood Parish Council, objecting to the application. Decision letter of Inspector Harold Stephens dated 24 February....

23 Redesdale Street SW3
25.01.2016
Owner's planning appeal, 23 Redesdale Street SW3, against refusal by RBKC of planning permission to return a house divided into flats into a single family dwelling house, representing the owner.....

Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights
08.10.2015

In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

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Denbigh Hospital
29.09.2015
Denbighshire County Council (Denbigh Hospital) Compulsory Purchase Order 2014 made under section 47 of the Listed Buildings Act confirmed by the Welsh Ministers. Owner a company registered in BVI. Harriet....

Taggs Boatyard
02.09.2015
Taggs Boatyard planning appeal hearing, renewal and investment in boatyard funded by residential development, representing appellant. Issues: views along the Thames, noise and disturbance and loss of daylight to neighbours,....

R (Hubert) v Carmarthenshire County Council
11.08.2015
R (Hubert) v Carmarthenshire County Council [2015] EWHC 2327 (Admin) Cranston J - judicial review of the grant of planning permission for a wind turbine.....

Denbigh Hospital Urgent Works Notice
07.08.2015
Denbigh Hospital Urgent Works Notice: Appeals by owner under section 55 of the Listed Buildings Act against demands for payment rejected by Welsh Ministers. Harriet Townsend represented the local planning....

Down is out in Kensington and Chelsea?
24.07.2015

Yesterday, in Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations v Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin), Mrs Justice Lang dismissed an application to quash the recently adopted Core Strategy policy governing basement development in Kensington and Chelsea.

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Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations Ltd v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
23.07.2015
Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations Ltd v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin) Lang J – s.113 challenge to Core Strategy review, representing Claimants led by....

R (Williams) v Cardiff County Council
18.06.2015
R (Williams) v Cardiff County Council [2015] Gilbart J - judicial review of the grant of planning permission for a major residential scheme on the outskirts of Cardiff.....

The GPDO 2015
15.04.2015
Today the 43 Parts of the General Permitted Development Order become 19, as the GPDO 1995 (in its much amended form) is revoked and replaced by the GPDO 2015 with....

Oxfordshire Prohibition Order
01.08.2014
Inquiry into prohibition order made by Oxfordshire County Council relating to a ROMP application. Representing planning authority, 2014.....

Planning inquiry - Aveley in Thurrock
25.07.2014
Planning inquiry into called-in application for residential led (500 dwellings) mixed use development at Aveley in Thurrock. Representing applicant, 2014.....

Pickles says No Hacheston Solar
02.06.2014
On the 22nd May 2014 the Secretary of State dismissed an appeal against the refusal of planning permission by Suffolk Coastal District Council for a 25 MW capacity solar farm....

Bus lane JRs have reached their stop
07.03.2014
Challenges to two decisions authorising Traffic Regulation Orders in Norwich have been refused permission for judicial review in a reserved judgment which followed an oral hearing lasting three hours (see....

R (Jackson) v Norfolk County Council
12.02.2014
R (Jackson) v Norfolk County Council [2014] EWHC 332 (Admin) Elizabeth Cooke - judicial review of two decisions to make city centre traffic regulation orders.....

R (Mevagissey Parish Council) v Cornwall County Council
27.11.2013
R (Mevagissey Parish Council) v Cornwall County Council [2013] EWHC 3684 (Admin) Hickinbottom J - judicial review of the grant of planning permission for residential development in the AONB.....

Bulky Goods Conditions - What they mean
04.11.2013
Harriet Townsend was counsel for Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the appeal referred to below. Of great importance to retailers in large out of centre stores, and to planning authorities seeking....

Certificate of Lawful Use appeals - retail
16.10.2013
Hearing for Great Yarmouth. Certificate of Lawful Use appeals. Interpretation of planning permissions governing the use of three units within the Pasteur Retail Park. Main issues: whether the conditions excluded....

R (Catt) v Brighton and Hove City Council
03.10.2013
R (Catt) v Brighton and Hove City Council [2013] EWHC 977 (Admin) Lindblom J - judicial review of two decisions to grant planning permission at the Withdean Stadium.....

Hearing of certificate of lawful use appeals
10.09.2013
Hearing of certificate of lawful use appeals brought by White Swan Properties seeking to expand the categories of goods capable of being sold at an out of centre retail park....

Arun District Council v SSCLG and Green Lodge Homes [2013]
01.09.2013
EWHC 190 (Admin) [2013] JPL 1011; Judge Seys-Llewelyn QC: Re-determination - Material Considerations....

Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council [2013]
13.08.2013
EWCA Civ 958 [2014] JPL 124; Arden LJ, Patten LJ, Beatson LJ : Planning Enforcement; Conversion and extension of agricultural buildings; New stable building in green belt and AONB; Demolition.....

Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council
31.07.2013
Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council [2013] EWCA Civ 953 – s.289 challenge to enforcement appeal decision requiring demolition of stables in the green belt and AONB.....

Demolition Trouble
29.07.2013
The risks attending those who alter buildings extensively without the benefit of planning permission have just been thrown into sharp relief by the Court of Appeal which handed down judgment....

R (Harrison) v Richmond upon Thames LBC
24.05.2013
R (Harrison) v Richmond upon Thames LBC [2013] EWHC 1677 (Admin) Nicholas Paines QC – judicial review of the decision to decline to determine an application for planning permission.....

Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry
11.05.2013
Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry for Denbighshire County Council: 7 CPOs within the West Rhyl Housing Improvement Project Area, funded by the Welsh Government, and made under planning powers as part....

Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry
06.05.2013
Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry for Denbighshire County Council: 7 CPOs within the West Rhyl Housing Improvement Project Area, funded by the Welsh Government, and made under planning powers as part....

R (Stern) v Horsham DC
01.05.2013
R (Stern) v Horsham DC [2013] EWHC 1460 (Admin); [2013] 3 All E.R. 798 Leggatt J – judicial review of two enforcement notices.....

No project-splitting for EIA in Brighton
25.04.2013
In Catt v Brighton and Hove City Council [2013] EWHC 977 (Admin) Mr Justice Lindblom has dismissed claims for judicial review of three planning permissions granted by Brighton and Hove....

Retail Impact decision against Tesco in Basingstoke
09.04.2013
An out of centre Tesco superstore has been refused permission on appeal despite an officer recommendation to approve. The Inspector agreed with the Council, and Asda (whose store anchors the....

Unreasonable decline?
08.02.2013
On 7th February Mrs Justice Swift gave permission for a judicial review of the LB Richmond's decision to decline to determine an application for planning permission under section 70A of....

Housing land supply
06.02.2013
Planning appeal for South Norfolk District Council: Townhouse Road, Old Costessey. Residential development; 62 dwellings in a special landscape area on land just outside East Costessey near Norwich was approved....

Planning inquiry into appeal by Tesco
01.02.2013
Planning inquiry into appeal by Tesco for out of centre store in Basingstoke. Representing local planning authority. Issues: retail impact, sustainability of highways measures. Tesco's superstore, for Basingstoke and Deane....

Re-determination – Material Considerations
28.01.2013

Where a planning appeal is quashed by the High Court, it is incapable of ever having had any legal effect upon the rights and duties of the parties.

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Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council [2012]
13.12.2012
EWHC 3466 (Admin) [2013] JPL 692, HHJ Anthony Thornton QC. (Overturned by Court of Appeal).....

Court of Appeal dismisses appeal against the activation of suspended sentences in long-running waste disposal case
11.12.2012
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the activation of suspended sentences of imprisonment made in committal proceedings in a long running case concerning a major waste disposal....

Planning law accords with common sense!
11.12.2012
The High Court so held in giving judgment for the Appellant in Williams v SoS [2012] EWHC 3466 (Admin), a case which has taken over 2 ½ years to work....

Oxfordshire County Council v Wyatt Brothers Oxford Ltd and others [2012] EWCA Civ 1921 [2013]
05.12.2012
Env LR D1; Mummery LJ, Patten LJ, Sir Scott Baker: Breach of planning injunction; Committal to prison for contempt of court.....

Appointment to Government Panel of Planning Mediators
06.11.2012
Harriet Townsend has been appointed to the newly created Government panel of expert planning Mediators. The panel has been created as part of a Government sponsored project designed to unlock....

CPO refused by Secretary of State for private gypsy site
25.04.2012
The Secretary of State has refused to confirm the Mid Suffolk District Council (Combs Lane) Compulsory Purchase Order 2011, so preventing the delivery of a scheme by a registered Housing....

Withdean Stadium subject of a planning judicial review again
12.03.2012
The Withdean Stadium in Brighton is to be the subject of a planning judicial review again. John Catt, represented by Richard Buxton solicitors, has been given permission to challenge the grant....

Peter Trott v Broadland District Council
22.03.2011
Court of Appeal: Sir Andrew Morritt (Chancellor), Toulson LJ, Sullivan LJ, 17th March 2011 The Court of Appeal has allowed Peter Trott's appeal against an injunction made under section 187B of....

Denbighshire CC (West Parade, Rhyl) CPO 2010
21.06.2010
The Welsh Assembly Government confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order of part of a terrace on the seafront promenade in Rhyl. The Order scheme will regenerate that part of Rhyl and....

Hove Park housing
06.02.2010
Planning appeal for Hyde Housing in Hove: 72 flats on previously developed site adjacent to Hove Park. Detailed design issues – amenities of residents, sustainability and the qualities of the....

Enforcement appeal - clay extraction
06.01.2010
Enforcement appeal for Oxfordshire County Council: the restoration of a clay extraction void. The main issue was the presence of waste unlawfully retained (in breach of enforcement notices and an....

Enforcement appeal
19.11.2009
Enforcement appeal for Newport City Council: the use of Upfield Farm as an aerodrome. Issues included noise, impact on the conservation objectives of the SPA, lawful use rights. Appeal dismissed....

Housing land supply
11.11.2009
For South Norfolk District Council: planning appeal for development of a substantial Greenfield site outside Wymondham within land subject to a local gap policy. Housing land supply a significant issue.....

Planning appeal
29.09.2009
Planning appeal for Notting Hill Home Ownership instructed by Metropolis Planning and Design: apartments within a conservation area adjacent to a canal in Ealing. Appeal successful on issues of policy....

Enforcement appeal
30.06.2009
For Brighton and Hove City Council: enforcement appeal concerning the use of retail premises in St James St Brighton by Starbucks for an A1/A3 mixed use. Appeal upheld and planning....

Housing land supply
11.08.2008
Planning appeal for Bellway Homes: residential development on a greenfield site on the edge of Burton Latimer, Kettering. Housing land supply was the main issue. Appeal granted 11th August 2008.....

Access to proposed gypsy site - guidance on what is permited
11.07.2008
Access to proposed gypsy site – guidance on what is permitedFriday, July 11, 2008 This appeal concerned access to a proposed gypsy site from an unlit classified road: access was found....

Enforcement notice appeal
14.05.2008
Enforcement notice appeal: the use of agricultural land for motocross and related activities. For local planning authority. Appeal dismissed with costs of the ground A appeal awarded to the Council....

Newmarket - Paddock land
10.04.2008
Development of a paddock in Newmarket for retirement housing by English Courtyard Developments. For adjoining owners/developers objecting. Appeal dismissed 10/4/2008. Click here for full text of the decision.....

CPO for development of Waveney Campus
11.03.2008
CPO for development of Waveney Campus: new offices and laboratories for CEFAS and two local authorities. For acquiring authority. Order confirmed ahead of the grant of planning permission. Click here....

Wimpey appeal dismissed in Surrey Heath
19.09.2007
Harriet Townsend acted for Surrey Heath Borough Council in successfully resisting Wimpey's appeal, in which planning permission was sought for the demolition and redevelopment of three houses to provide 20....

Training Session for Kent Secretaries
09.03.2007

Training Session for Kent Secretaries
Friday, March 09, 2007

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Major Inquiries
01.01.2000
Major Inquiries

  • Planning appeal for Newport City Council: outline application seeking redevelopment of 20ha of land formerly (and comprising some) railway land for residential use. Inquiry 2010. To be determined by....

  • News

    Is Wales heading towards a coherent planning code? Law Commission publishes proposals for consultation
    05.12.2017
    Planning Law in Wales, the consultation published last week by the Law Commission, is a detailed assessment of the planning system, and its statutory framework, with particular concern for the....

    Cornerstone Barristers sponsored the RTPI East of England annual Planning Law Conference
    13.11.2017
    Cornerstone Barristers sponsored the RTPI East of England annual Planning Law Conference at Downing College, Cambridge, on 10th November. Jonathan Clay, leading counsel for Suffolk Coastal District Council in the Supreme....

    Brexit: Planning and the Environment Outside the EU
    06.07.2016
    The UK vote to leave the European Union raises significant questions around the potential impact on our domestic legislation. EU law is deeply embedded in our planning and environmental protection regimes.....

    Affordable housing policy exclusions small sites, and vacant building credit
    16.05.2016

    On Wednesday 11th May the Court of Appeal allowed the Government's appeal on all four grounds against Mr Justice Holgate's judgment in West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 2222 (Admin).

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    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day
    17.11.2015
    "From Green to Blue – planning under the Conservatives" The Cornerstone Annual Planning Day, which took place on 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons, saw a number of  planning consultants, solicitors and....

    Housing land supply
    02.06.2014
    Planning appeal for South Norfolk District Council: Townhouse Road, Old Costessey. Residential development; 62 dwellings in a special landscape area on land just outside East Costessey near Norwich was approved....

    Does the former North Wales Hospital have a future?
    03.03.2014
    BBC2 included the Grade II* listed hospital, set in the beautiful Welsh countryside just outside Denbigh, in the first Episode of the new series of Permission Impossible. Harriet Townsend acts for....

    Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): What it means for you
    19.03.2011

    Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): What it means for you Saturday, March 19, 2011 CIL is set to be an important measure to allow Councils to ensure development can go ...

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    Is Planning Enforcement facing a New Era?
    16.02.2011

    Is Planning Enforcement facing a New Era?
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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    Denbighshire CC (West Parade, Rhyl) CPO 2010
    01.03.2010
    The Welsh Assembly Government confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order of part of a terrace on the seafront promenade in Rhyl. The Order scheme will regenerate that part of Rhyl and....

    Overview

    Harriet's focus is on using her expertise and experience to provide clear and practical advice that is useful for the client. In court, she aims to be courteous, tenacious, and effective.

    Most of Harriet's public law work arises within a planning or environment context (for which please refer to the relevant heading). However, she also has notable experience in dealing with the following matters:

    • Compulsory purchase powers and related inquiries – for planning, housing, highways, heritage and regeneration purposes
    • Compensation arising from the exercise of compulsory purchase and other statutory powers
    • The law of commons, and village greens
    • Bias, discrimination, and other public authority conduct issues including maladministration and misfeasance in public office
    • Procedural and substantive advice on matters such as expedition, Interim relief, costs protection, settlement, and costs only proceedings
    • Information and data protection law, including disclosure issues in public law proceedings
    • Local authority powers relating to property - appropriation and disposal
    • Public rights of way, including definitive map modification order inquiries
    • Human rights law

    Recent cases

    • Llanerch Fields Village Green Inquiry (2018) – for Carmarthenshire County Council, the landowner objector to application for registration; application refused in accordance with Inspector's advice.
    • R (Henry) v Surrey County Council (2018) – for Respondent highway authority. Judicial review discontinued by Claimants.
    • Ipswich Borough Council (514 Bramford Road) CPO 2017 – for acquiring authority using Housing Act powers.
    • Kuznetsov v SSCLG and London Borough of Camden (2017) and London Borough of Camden (Bacton Low Rise) CPO 2015 – for acquiring authority using Planning powers. Promoted CPO at Inquiry and resisted High Court Challenge.
    • R (Lambert) v South Norfolk Council (2017) – for Respondent – advised on requests for environmental information and resisted application for judicial review (permission refused).
    • R (Chetwynd) v South Norfolk Council and others (2017) – for the two main public authority Respondents; misfeasance in public office claim held totally without merit.
    • Derby City Council (A52 Wyvern Transport Improvements) CPO 2016 – for acquiring authority using Highways Act powers.

    Cases

    How high the permission hurdle? or When is an argument not arguable?
    31.03.2019

    Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Brecon and Radnor Branch) v Welsh Ministers, Powys County Council and Hendy Windfarm Ltd [2019] EWHC 621 (Admin)

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    Camden successfully defends CPO of Bacton Low Rise Estate
    02.11.2017
    In a judgment handed down on 26 September 2017, Mr Justice Dove: • Summarised the principles applicable to CPO challenges• Rejected grounds based on technical procedural breaches which had not caused....

    Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Denbighshire County Council
    01.04.2016
    Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Denbighshire County Council, April 2016, FDL's appeal to the First Tier Tribunal from a decision of the Information Commissioner under section 57 of the Freedom of....

    Oxfordshire Prohibition Order
    01.08.2014
    Inquiry into prohibition order made by Oxfordshire County Council relating to a ROMP application. Representing planning authority, 2014.....

    Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry
    11.05.2013
    Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry for Denbighshire County Council: 7 CPOs within the West Rhyl Housing Improvement Project Area, funded by the Welsh Government, and made under planning powers as part....

    Cornerstone Barristers takes part in launch of new online legal encyclopaedia
    10.12.2012
    Members of Cornerstone Barristers have played a leading role in contributing to a new online encyclopaedia, launched on 10th December 2012. The "Westlaw UK Insight" is an online legal encyclopaedia....

    Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law
    21.06.2010
    We are pleased to announce the new edition of Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law published by Sweet and Maxwell. The new edition presents a concise definition of each expression which forms....

    Harriet's publications to date

    1st March 2018

    • Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, published 1 September 2015. One of a group of members of chambers who contributed to this practical guide, edited by Philip Kolvin QC.
    • Westlaw Insight: Local Government Byelaws; Local Government Ombudsman.
    • Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law, Specialist contributing editor on Local Government Law and Planning Law for Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law (3rd edition, 2010).
    • Article published in the Environmental Law Review, The Climate Change Act 2008 — will it do the trick?, 2009 Enviro LR 11 2 (116). Click here for the full-text article.
    • Article published in the Journal of Planning and Environment Law, 2009, entitled The Climate Change Act 2008: something to be proud of after all? [2009] JPL 842. Click here for the full-text article (reproduced by agreement with the publishers).
    • Article published in the Journal of Planning and Environment Law, April 2008, entitled The Climate Change Bill 4 JPL 2008, 450. Click here for the full-text article (reproduced by agreement with the publishers).
    • Article published in Croner's Environment Magazine (November 2007) entitled Climate Change Bill.
    • Editor of Atkins Court Forms on Licensing 2005.

    Harriet offers the full range of services of any independent barrister, namely:

    • The provision of legal advice
    • Strategic and tactical guidance on procedure and the conduct of contentious cases
    • Advocacy in courts and tribunal

    Her work takes her across the length and breadth of England and Wales (she enjoys travelling, whether to meet a client or to appear in court).

    In addition, Harriet:

    • Accepts instructions direct and, if a case requires a solicitor, she can help in finding the right solicitor for the job
    • Regularly speaks at seminars organised by Cornerstone (in London, Cardiff, and Birmingham), and by the RTPI, NCT and others
    • Delivers professional training on subjects such as local authority conduct issues in decision making, and environmental impact assessment
    • Is a trained mediator with positive experience of acting both as mediator and advocate in environmental disputes
    • Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA), former committee member
    • Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
    • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
    • Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA)
    • National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA)

    Case:

    Welsh Government gives onshore wind the green light

    13th November 2018

    On 25 October 2018 planning permission was granted, on appeal, for a seven turbine windfarm (maximum tip height of 110m and hub height of 69m). The windfarm site lies outside....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Is Wales heading towards a coherent planning code? Law Commission publishes proposals for consultation

    5th December 2017

    Planning Law in Wales, the consultation published last week by the Law Commission, is a detailed assessment of the planning system, and its statutory framework, with particular concern for the....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Inspector’s failure to deal properly with neighbourhood plan conflict leads to quashing of residential scheme - Aldingbourne PC v SSCLG (CO/2105/2017)

    28th November 2017

    The High Court has quashed (by consent) the decision of an Inspector to grant planning permission for 14 residential units on land at Barnside, Hook Lane, Aldingbourne, West Sussex. The proposal....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Cornerstone Barristers sponsored the RTPI East of England annual Planning Law Conference

    13th November 2017

    Cornerstone Barristers sponsored the RTPI East of England annual Planning Law Conference at Downing College, Cambridge, on 10th November. Jonathan Clay, leading counsel for Suffolk Coastal District Council in the Supreme....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Camden successfully defends CPO of Bacton Low Rise Estate

    2nd November 2017

    In a judgment handed down on 26 September 2017, Mr Justice Dove: • Summarised the principles applicable to CPO challenges• Rejected grounds based on technical procedural breaches which had not caused....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Brexit: Planning and the Environment Outside the EU

    6th July 2016

    The UK vote to leave the European Union raises significant questions around the potential impact on our domestic legislation. EU law is deeply embedded in our planning and environmental protection regimes.....

    News: Planning and Environment, Housing

    Affordable housing policy exclusions small sites, and vacant building credit

    16th May 2016

    On Wednesday 11th May the Court of Appeal allowed the Government's appeal on all four grounds against Mr Justice Holgate's judgment in West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 2222 (Admin).

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council (Millora Works) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 inquiry

    1st May 2016

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council (Millora Works) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 inquiry (May 2016) representing acquiring authority. Inquiry deferred to enable settlement of objection by the owner of the land, an....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Taylor Wimpey planning inquiry

    24th April 2016

    Taylor Wimpey planning inquiry (conjoined), residential development of land at Fairfield Road, Framlingham, representing local planning authority. Decision letter of Inspector John Braithwaite dated 24 April 2016. Issues: housing land....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Persimmon planning inquiry

    24th April 2016

    Persimmon planning inquiry (conjoined), residential development of land at Mount Pleasant, Framlingham, representing local planning authority. Decision letter of Inspector John Braithwaite dated 24 April 2016. Issues: housing land supply,....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Denbighshire County Council

    1st April 2016

    Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Denbighshire County Council, April 2016, FDL's appeal to the First Tier Tribunal from a decision of the Information Commissioner under section 57 of the Freedom of....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Listed building challenges ruled Totally Without Merit

    11th March 2016

    Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave judgment yesterday in two related challenges to public law decisions of the Welsh Government concerning the Grade II* listed former North Wales Hospital, Denbigh. This stunning Tudorbethan building has been allowed to fall into a state of abject dereliction by its owner, Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd.

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Welsh Ministers and Denbighshire County Council

    11th March 2016

    Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Welsh Ministers and Denbighshire County Council [2016] EWHC 482 (Admin), Hickinbottom J's judgment following a joint hearing of two matters, both dismissed and ruled totally without....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea v SSCLG and M Harold

    1st March 2016

    Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea v SSCLG and M Harold [2016] EWHC 703 (Admin), representing the developer in a section 288 challenge by the local planning authority. 3 storey....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Crest Nicholson planning inquiry

    24th February 2016

    Crest Nicholson planning inquiry, residential development of land at Chestnut Park, Kingswood, Glos, representing Kingswood Parish Council, objecting to the application. Decision letter of Inspector Harold Stephens dated 24 February....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    23 Redesdale Street SW3

    25th January 2016

    Owner's planning appeal, 23 Redesdale Street SW3, against refusal by RBKC of planning permission to return a house divided into flats into a single family dwelling house, representing the owner.....

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    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day

    17th November 2015

    "From Green to Blue – planning under the Conservatives" The Cornerstone Annual Planning Day, which took place on 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons, saw a number of  planning consultants, solicitors and....

    Case: Planning and Environment, Housing, Property

    Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights

    8th October 2015

    In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    Denbigh Hospital

    29th September 2015

    Denbighshire County Council (Denbigh Hospital) Compulsory Purchase Order 2014 made under section 47 of the Listed Buildings Act confirmed by the Welsh Ministers. Owner a company registered in BVI. Harriet....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Taggs Boatyard

    2nd September 2015

    Taggs Boatyard planning appeal hearing, renewal and investment in boatyard funded by residential development, representing appellant. Issues: views along the Thames, noise and disturbance and loss of daylight to neighbours,....

    Case: Planning and Environment,

    R (Hubert) v Carmarthenshire County Council

    11th August 2015

    R (Hubert) v Carmarthenshire County Council [2015] EWHC 2327 (Admin) Cranston J - judicial review of the grant of planning permission for a wind turbine.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Denbigh Hospital Urgent Works Notice

    7th August 2015

    Denbigh Hospital Urgent Works Notice: Appeals by owner under section 55 of the Listed Buildings Act against demands for payment rejected by Welsh Ministers. Harriet Townsend represented the local planning....

    Case: Planning and Environment, Commercial and Regulatory

    Down is out in Kensington and Chelsea?

    24th July 2015

    Yesterday, in Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations v Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin), Mrs Justice Lang dismissed an application to quash the recently adopted Core Strategy policy governing basement development in Kensington and Chelsea.

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations Ltd v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

    23rd July 2015

    Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations Ltd v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin) Lang J – s.113 challenge to Core Strategy review, representing Claimants led by....

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    Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

    26th June 2015

    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, the definitive guide to local government standards, produced by Cornerstone Barristers, goes on sale today.

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    R (Williams) v Cardiff County Council

    18th June 2015

    R (Williams) v Cardiff County Council [2015] Gilbart J - judicial review of the grant of planning permission for a major residential scheme on the outskirts of Cardiff.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    The GPDO 2015

    15th April 2015

    Today the 43 Parts of the General Permitted Development Order become 19, as the GPDO 1995 (in its much amended form) is revoked and replaced by the GPDO 2015 with....

    News: Health and Social Care

    Down and Out in Kensington and Chelsea?

    4th December 2014

    The Borough's Basement policy review takes another step towards adoption

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has received (2 December 2014) an eagerly awaited report from David Vickery, the Inspector appointed to assess the Core Strategy single policy review for soundness. The report, and its Appendix which contains the main modifications he has recommended, can be found here.

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    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Oxfordshire Prohibition Order

    1st August 2014

    Inquiry into prohibition order made by Oxfordshire County Council relating to a ROMP application. Representing planning authority, 2014.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Planning inquiry - Aveley in Thurrock

    25th July 2014

    Planning inquiry into called-in application for residential led (500 dwellings) mixed use development at Aveley in Thurrock. Representing applicant, 2014.....

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    Housing land supply

    2nd June 2014

    Planning appeal for South Norfolk District Council: Townhouse Road, Old Costessey. Residential development; 62 dwellings in a special landscape area on land just outside East Costessey near Norwich was approved....

    Case: Planning and Environment,

    Pickles says No Hacheston Solar

    2nd June 2014

    On the 22nd May 2014 the Secretary of State dismissed an appeal against the refusal of planning permission by Suffolk Coastal District Council for a 25 MW capacity solar farm....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Bus lane JRs have reached their stop

    7th March 2014

    Challenges to two decisions authorising Traffic Regulation Orders in Norwich have been refused permission for judicial review in a reserved judgment which followed an oral hearing lasting three hours (see....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Does the former North Wales Hospital have a future?

    3rd March 2014

    BBC2 included the Grade II* listed hospital, set in the beautiful Welsh countryside just outside Denbigh, in the first Episode of the new series of Permission Impossible. Harriet Townsend acts for....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    R (Jackson) v Norfolk County Council

    12th February 2014

    R (Jackson) v Norfolk County Council [2014] EWHC 332 (Admin) Elizabeth Cooke - judicial review of two decisions to make city centre traffic regulation orders.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    R (Mevagissey Parish Council) v Cornwall County Council

    27th November 2013

    R (Mevagissey Parish Council) v Cornwall County Council [2013] EWHC 3684 (Admin) Hickinbottom J - judicial review of the grant of planning permission for residential development in the AONB.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Bulky Goods Conditions - What they mean

    4th November 2013

    Harriet Townsend was counsel for Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the appeal referred to below. Of great importance to retailers in large out of centre stores, and to planning authorities seeking....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Certificate of Lawful Use appeals - retail

    16th October 2013

    Hearing for Great Yarmouth. Certificate of Lawful Use appeals. Interpretation of planning permissions governing the use of three units within the Pasteur Retail Park. Main issues: whether the conditions excluded....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    R (Catt) v Brighton and Hove City Council

    3rd October 2013

    R (Catt) v Brighton and Hove City Council [2013] EWHC 977 (Admin) Lindblom J - judicial review of two decisions to grant planning permission at the Withdean Stadium.....

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    R (on application of Stern) v Horsham District Council [2013]

    13th September 2013

    EWHC 1460 (Admin) [2013] 3All ER 798 Leggatt J: Planning enforcement notices, late service, statutory interpretation, human rights, quashing order.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Hearing of certificate of lawful use appeals

    10th September 2013

    Hearing of certificate of lawful use appeals brought by White Swan Properties seeking to expand the categories of goods capable of being sold at an out of centre retail park....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Arun District Council v SSCLG and Green Lodge Homes [2013]

    1st September 2013

    EWHC 190 (Admin) [2013] JPL 1011; Judge Seys-Llewelyn QC: Re-determination - Material Considerations....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council [2013]

    13th August 2013

    EWCA Civ 958 [2014] JPL 124; Arden LJ, Patten LJ, Beatson LJ : Planning Enforcement; Conversion and extension of agricultural buildings; New stable building in green belt and AONB; Demolition.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council

    31st July 2013

    Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council [2013] EWCA Civ 953 – s.289 challenge to enforcement appeal decision requiring demolition of stables in the green belt and AONB.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Demolition Trouble

    29th July 2013

    The risks attending those who alter buildings extensively without the benefit of planning permission have just been thrown into sharp relief by the Court of Appeal which handed down judgment....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    R (Harrison) v Richmond upon Thames LBC

    24th May 2013

    R (Harrison) v Richmond upon Thames LBC [2013] EWHC 1677 (Admin) Nicholas Paines QC – judicial review of the decision to decline to determine an application for planning permission.....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry

    11th May 2013

    Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry for Denbighshire County Council: 7 CPOs within the West Rhyl Housing Improvement Project Area, funded by the Welsh Government, and made under planning powers as part....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry

    6th May 2013

    Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry for Denbighshire County Council: 7 CPOs within the West Rhyl Housing Improvement Project Area, funded by the Welsh Government, and made under planning powers as part....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    R (Stern) v Horsham DC

    1st May 2013

    R (Stern) v Horsham DC [2013] EWHC 1460 (Admin); [2013] 3 All E.R. 798 Leggatt J – judicial review of two enforcement notices.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    No project-splitting for EIA in Brighton

    25th April 2013

    In Catt v Brighton and Hove City Council [2013] EWHC 977 (Admin) Mr Justice Lindblom has dismissed claims for judicial review of three planning permissions granted by Brighton and Hove....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Retail Impact decision against Tesco in Basingstoke

    9th April 2013

    An out of centre Tesco superstore has been refused permission on appeal despite an officer recommendation to approve. The Inspector agreed with the Council, and Asda (whose store anchors the....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Unreasonable decline?

    8th February 2013

    On 7th February Mrs Justice Swift gave permission for a judicial review of the LB Richmond's decision to decline to determine an application for planning permission under section 70A of....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Housing land supply

    6th February 2013

    Planning appeal for South Norfolk District Council: Townhouse Road, Old Costessey. Residential development; 62 dwellings in a special landscape area on land just outside East Costessey near Norwich was approved....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Planning inquiry into appeal by Tesco

    1st February 2013

    Planning inquiry into appeal by Tesco for out of centre store in Basingstoke. Representing local planning authority. Issues: retail impact, sustainability of highways measures. Tesco's superstore, for Basingstoke and Deane....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Re-determination – Material Considerations

    28th January 2013

    Where a planning appeal is quashed by the High Court, it is incapable of ever having had any legal effect upon the rights and duties of the parties.

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    Williams v SSCLG and Chiltern District Council [2012]

    13th December 2012

    EWHC 3466 (Admin) [2013] JPL 692, HHJ Anthony Thornton QC. (Overturned by Court of Appeal).....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Court of Appeal dismisses appeal against the activation of suspended sentences in long-running waste disposal case

    11th December 2012

    The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the activation of suspended sentences of imprisonment made in committal proceedings in a long running case concerning a major waste disposal....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Planning law accords with common sense!

    11th December 2012

    The High Court so held in giving judgment for the Appellant in Williams v SoS [2012] EWHC 3466 (Admin), a case which has taken over 2 ½ years to work....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Cornerstone Barristers takes part in launch of new online legal encyclopaedia

    10th December 2012

    Members of Cornerstone Barristers have played a leading role in contributing to a new online encyclopaedia, launched on 10th December 2012. The "Westlaw UK Insight" is an online legal encyclopaedia....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Oxfordshire County Council v Wyatt Brothers Oxford Ltd and others [2012] EWCA Civ 1921 [2013]

    5th December 2012

    Env LR D1; Mummery LJ, Patten LJ, Sir Scott Baker: Breach of planning injunction; Committal to prison for contempt of court.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Appointment to Government Panel of Planning Mediators

    6th November 2012

    Harriet Townsend has been appointed to the newly created Government panel of expert planning Mediators. The panel has been created as part of a Government sponsored project designed to unlock....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    CPO refused by Secretary of State for private gypsy site

    25th April 2012

    The Secretary of State has refused to confirm the Mid Suffolk District Council (Combs Lane) Compulsory Purchase Order 2011, so preventing the delivery of a scheme by a registered Housing....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Withdean Stadium subject of a planning judicial review again

    12th March 2012

    The Withdean Stadium in Brighton is to be the subject of a planning judicial review again. John Catt, represented by Richard Buxton solicitors, has been given permission to challenge the grant....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Peter Trott v Broadland District Council

    22nd March 2011

    Court of Appeal: Sir Andrew Morritt (Chancellor), Toulson LJ, Sullivan LJ, 17th March 2011 The Court of Appeal has allowed Peter Trott's appeal against an injunction made under section 187B of....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): What it means for you

    19th March 2011

    Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): What it means for you Saturday, March 19, 2011 CIL is set to be an important measure to allow Councils to ensure development can go ...

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    Is Planning Enforcement facing a New Era?

    16th February 2011

    Is Planning Enforcement facing a New Era?
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law

    21st June 2010

    We are pleased to announce the new edition of Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law published by Sweet and Maxwell. The new edition presents a concise definition of each expression which forms....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Denbighshire CC (West Parade, Rhyl) CPO 2010

    21st June 2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order of part of a terrace on the seafront promenade in Rhyl. The Order scheme will regenerate that part of Rhyl and....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Denbighshire CC (West Parade, Rhyl) CPO 2010

    1st March 2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order of part of a terrace on the seafront promenade in Rhyl. The Order scheme will regenerate that part of Rhyl and....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Hove Park housing

    6th February 2010

    Planning appeal for Hyde Housing in Hove: 72 flats on previously developed site adjacent to Hove Park. Detailed design issues – amenities of residents, sustainability and the qualities of the....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Enforcement appeal - clay extraction

    6th January 2010

    Enforcement appeal for Oxfordshire County Council: the restoration of a clay extraction void. The main issue was the presence of waste unlawfully retained (in breach of enforcement notices and an....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Enforcement appeal

    19th November 2009

    Enforcement appeal for Newport City Council: the use of Upfield Farm as an aerodrome. Issues included noise, impact on the conservation objectives of the SPA, lawful use rights. Appeal dismissed....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Housing land supply

    11th November 2009

    For South Norfolk District Council: planning appeal for development of a substantial Greenfield site outside Wymondham within land subject to a local gap policy. Housing land supply a significant issue.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Planning appeal

    29th September 2009

    Planning appeal for Notting Hill Home Ownership instructed by Metropolis Planning and Design: apartments within a conservation area adjacent to a canal in Ealing. Appeal successful on issues of policy....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Enforcement appeal

    30th June 2009

    For Brighton and Hove City Council: enforcement appeal concerning the use of retail premises in St James St Brighton by Starbucks for an A1/A3 mixed use. Appeal upheld and planning....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Housing land supply

    11th August 2008

    Planning appeal for Bellway Homes: residential development on a greenfield site on the edge of Burton Latimer, Kettering. Housing land supply was the main issue. Appeal granted 11th August 2008.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Access to proposed gypsy site - guidance on what is permited

    11th July 2008

    Access to proposed gypsy site – guidance on what is permitedFriday, July 11, 2008 This appeal concerned access to a proposed gypsy site from an unlit classified road: access was found....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Enforcement notice appeal

    14th May 2008

    Enforcement notice appeal: the use of agricultural land for motocross and related activities. For local planning authority. Appeal dismissed with costs of the ground A appeal awarded to the Council....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Newmarket - Paddock land

    10th April 2008

    Development of a paddock in Newmarket for retirement housing by English Courtyard Developments. For adjoining owners/developers objecting. Appeal dismissed 10/4/2008. Click here for full text of the decision.....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    CPO for development of Waveney Campus

    11th March 2008

    CPO for development of Waveney Campus: new offices and laboratories for CEFAS and two local authorities. For acquiring authority. Order confirmed ahead of the grant of planning permission. Click here....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Wimpey appeal dismissed in Surrey Heath

    19th September 2007

    Harriet Townsend acted for Surrey Heath Borough Council in successfully resisting Wimpey's appeal, in which planning permission was sought for the demolition and redevelopment of three houses to provide 20....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Training Session for Kent Secretaries

    9th March 2007

    Training Session for Kent Secretaries
    Friday, March 09, 2007

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    Case: Planning and Environment

    Major Inquiries

    1st January 2000

    Major Inquiries
  • Planning appeal for Newport City Council: outline application seeking redevelopment of 20ha of land formerly (and comprising some) railway land for residential use. Inquiry 2010. To be determined by....