Ian has worked on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters involving planning and environmental law, practice and procedure.
He has direct experience of taking development projects through the planning process from conception to completion including providing strategic, legal and tactical advice, preparing and submitting planning applications and appeals including the drafting of supporting statements and correspondence, and representing clients in meetings and at inquiries and before the courts at all levels.
Ian has an extensive knowledge of site licensing (caravan parks, permanent holiday dwellings, chalets, mobile homes, mobile home park developments and leisure developments) and leisure policy and has advised over 30 authorities on their licensing policies. He has also advised over 80 leisure development companies on all matters relating to the administration of sites both in a planning context and otherwise. He can give guidance on policies relating to leisure parks.
Ian is also a highly regarded in the area of strategic planning for future development of hospitality and leisure sites.
His experience includes:
• Section 78 appeals, call-in and enforcement notice inquiries and hearings
• Development plan examinations
• Lawful development certificate applications and appeals
• Town and village greens
• Utilities and infrastructure
• Compulsory purchase orders and compensation claims
• Listed buildings and conservation areas
• Judicial review and statutory challenges
The following are examples of some of recent matters in which Ian has advised and led the development/legal team.
- Hazeley Combe Isle of Wight Hearing appearing for the successful developer on to co-joined appeals relating to 90 houses
- Quay West Ceredigion Inquiry appearing for the successful developer Bourne Leisure in relation to extensive holiday unit development
- Rode Heath Wood appearing for the successful developer on a section 73 appeal relating to holiday and leisure accommodation
- St David's Holiday Park Anglesey Inquiry for the successful developer of an extensive site proposed for touring accommodation
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
- Middlesbrough Borough Council CPO 1 & 2 (2015) appearing for the successful acquiring authority relating to 25 ha of housing land
- Bank Farm Horton Lands Chamber (2015) appearing for the claimant in relation to compensation for removal of permitted development rights relating to holiday and leisure accommodation
- Panayi v L B Islington  Confiscation Procedure arising out of a breach of an enforcement notice
- Fulcrum Pipelines Ltd v Lambeth Borough Council (Highway , New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 fixed penalty notices and overrun penalties
- Rebba Construction v Denbighshire County Council (Public Inquiry for the successful appellant, recreational and holiday accommodation
- Orchard Way East Malling (Provision of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Public Inquiry) enforcement notice appeals
- Woodford Old Lane Kent (gypsy and traveller accommodation Inquiry)
- Graig Wen (public access) recreational and holiday development public inquiry for the successful appellant. Enforcement notice appeals
- Wyldecrest Ltd development of mobile home accommodation
- Symondstone Holiday Park successful application for a certificate of lawful use relating to existing and proposed development