John regularly acts in planning inquiries both on his own and as a junior for Parish Councils, District Councils and private clients. His inquiry experience to date includes:
- Representing a Rule 6 party in a two week planning inquiry involving housing land supply, landscape and highways issues.
- Representing a Parish Council in a two week enforcement inquiry involving travellers and gypsies.
- Assisting Estelle Dehon in a two week planning inquiry involving housing land supply and heritage issues in which Estelle, acting for the local authority, successfully resisted a residential scheme of up to 200 units.
- Being led by Dr Ashley Bowes in a 6 day planning inquiry involving heritage and landscape issues in which he and Dr Bowes successfully resisted the proposed housing scheme, despite the existence of a housing land supply deficit.
- Representing a local authority in a two day enforcement inquiry involving off-airport parking in which the local authority successfully resisted an appeal on grounds (a) and (d).
- Representing a local authority at an informal hearing in which the local authority successfully resisted an application to discharge a planning obligation.
During pupillage, John assisted in various High Court and Court of Appeal cases on environmental law and planning law issues. He has acted as sole counsel in various environmental law matters including:
- Conducting a local authority's first prosecution under the Health Act 2006 in relation to the use of Shisha pipes within an enclosed premises.
- Acting for a defendant in an environmental prosecution concerning waste transfer notes.
His High Court and Court of Appeal experience includes:
Keenan v Woking Borough Council  EWCA Civ 438 (assisting Estelle Dehon as a pupil)
An LPA's failure to respond within the required 28 days to an application under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 ("the GPDO 1995") for a determination as to whether its prior approval would be required, will not allow development which is not "permitted development" to become "permitted development" by default.
Burford v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 1493 (Admin) (assisting Estelle Dehon as a pupil)
The High Court held that curtilage is not simply a land use, and accordingly that using land as incidental to the enjoyment of a dwelling house is not determinative of that land being curtilage.
Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 808 (Admin) (assisting Estelle Dehon and Marc Willers QC as a pupil)
Challenge in respect of permission granted by the Secretary of State for hydraulic fracturing works to take place in Lancashire.
John regularly undertakes planning and environmental advisory work. Recent advisory work includes issues concerning:
- Noise abatement notices
- Unlawful delegation of powers
- Habitats regulations assessments
- Differences between C2 and C3 use and other instances of change of use
- Allotment land
- Application of s106 planning obligations
- Implementation of a forty year old planning permission
- Enforcement issues and variation of conditions.
- Construction of ambiguous conditions and implied conditions
- Article 3(1) GDPO and its relationship to prior approval consent
- Building Regulations
- Planning prosecutions
John also has an excellent understanding of the needs of clients in the environmental and planning sectors, having been seconded to a local authority's planning team during pupillage. He also regularly provides pro bono advice and assistance to the Environmental Law Foundation.