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Rob is a specialist in public and administrative, planning and environmental, and compulsory purchase law.

He regularly appears in the higher courts and at inquiries on behalf of central and local government,  other public bodies and private parties. 

In September 2017, Rob was promoted to the Attorney General's 'B Panel' of Counsel, having previously been on the 'C Panel' for a period of 5 years.

"A very good planning junior, clever and determined..."

The Legal 500 2018

Rob has developed a broad public law practice, with an emphasis on planning and environmental matters as well as compulsory purchase law.

Recent cases and inquiries in which Rob has acted include:

Court work

  • Relta Ltd v Greater London Authority [2017] EWHC 671 (Admin) – appeared for the GLA in respect of a judicial review challenge to the decision by the London of Mayor to designated Bromley Town Centre as a Housing Zone. The claim raised issues of interpretation and application of the Mayor's policy.
  • Government of France v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2017] EWCA Civ 429 - appeared (with Tom Cosgrove QC) for RBKC in the Government of France's challenge to the grant of certificates of lawfulness in respect of proposed work at 10 Kensington Palace Gardens, the neighbouring property to the French Ambassador's residence.
  • R (on the application of Headcorn Parish Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2017] EWHC 970 - represented SSCLG in a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State's screening direction in respect of a proposed housing development. It raised issues of the proper approach to material considerations, as well as the approach to "significant environmental effects" under the EIA Directive. 

Planning appeals 

  • Andover Business Park, Test Valley (2018) - represented the LPA in a six-day inquiry on the issue of whether a planning obligation which barred lorries from using certain highway routes was necessary and met the Reg 122 tests.
  • Buckles Wood Farm, North Chailey (2018) - appeared on behalf of the promoter of a 35-unit housing scheme at a five-day inquiry, raising issues including the relative sustainability of the proposal in an area where there are significant environmental constraints.
  • Tamworth Farmhouse, Reigate (2018) - acted for a Rule 6 party/neighbour in a seven-day enforcement inquiry raising a wide range of issues including validity of the notice, immunity from enforcement, and impact on Green Belt of a vehicle depot.

Local Plan examinations

  • Tonbridge and Malling (forthcoming) - advising Tonbridge and Malling in relation to their emerging Local Plan.
  • Guildford Local Plan examination (2018) -advised and acted Guildford Borough Council in the preparation for, and examination of, their Local Plan.
  • West Sussex County Council Joint Minerals Local Plan examination (2017) – represented the primary objectors to the main allocation for soft sand extraction in the draft Local Plan. This resulted in the proposed allocation of a soft sand quarry being deleted from the plan, and the policy being found unsound.

Rob was called to the Bar in 2008, having previously read law at University College London, where he obtained a first-class degree (top in the year).

"A very good planning junior, clever and determined, and a sound choice both in planning inquiries and the High Court." The Legal 500 2018

Overview

Rob has a wide-ranging planning practice. In the last 18 months, he has been involved in planning inquiries and hearings relating to residential developments, mixed-use proposals, listed buildings, mineral extraction and compulsory purchase orders. He regularly advises on, and appears at, s.78 appeals.

Rob often appears in judicial review and statutory challenges to planning decisions in the higher courts acting for private parties, local authorities and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. He also has significant experience of appearing at Local Plan examinations, acting on behalf of both local planning authorities and objectors.

Court work

Recent and notable court work in the Planning Court includes:

  • R (on the application of Headcorn Parish Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2017] EWHC 970 - represented SSCLG in a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State's screening direction in respect of a proposed housing development. It raised issues of the proper approach to material considerations, as well as the approach to "significant environmental effects" under the EIA Directive. The claim was dismissed.
  • Government of France v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2017] EWCA Civ 429 - appeared (with Tom Cosgrove QC) for RBKC in the Government of France's challenge to the grant of certificates of lawfulness in respect of proposed work at 10 Kensington Palace Gardens, the neighbouring property to the French Ambassador's residence.
  • Relta Ltd v Greater London Authority [2017] EWHC 671 (Admin) – appeared for the GLA in respect of a judicial review challenge to the decision by the London of Mayor to designated Bromley Town Centre as a Housing Zone. The claim raised issues of interpretation and application of the Mayor's policy.
  • R (on the application of Stonegate Homes Ltd) v Horsham District Council [2017] Env LR 8 – represented the claimant developer (with Mark Lowe QC) in a challenge to the District Council's adoption of the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan. The claim was successful and represented the first time a neighbourhood plan had been quashed by the court.
  • Kensworth Builders Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 1732 - represented SSCLG in a conjoined statutory challenge to a planning inspector's decision to refuse three separate appeals relating to the proposed redevelopment of a listed building. The claimant sought to challenge the decision on five separate grounds, all of which were refused.
  • Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 683 - represented the SSCLG in a statutory challenge to a planning inspector's decision to refuse to grant planning permission for a residential development of up to 75 dwellings. The claim was dismissed.
  • Licensed Taxi Drivers Association v Transport for London [2016] EWHC 233 – appeared (together with Mark Lowe QC) in a judicial review challenge to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway.
  •  Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2011] EWCA CIv 1447 – A judicial review in which the appellant argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of land prior to that enactment would be contrary to the presumption against retrospective legislation and breach their Protocol 1, Article 1 ECHR rights. Rob successfully appeared for the interested party.

Planning appeals

Recent and notable examples of Rob's inquiry work includes:

  • Andover Business Park, Test Valley (2018) - represented the LPA in a 6-day inquiry on the issue of whether a planning obligation which barred lorries from using certain highway routes was necessary and met the Reg 122 tests.  
  • Buckles Wood Farm, North Chailey (2018) - appeared on behalf of the promoter of a 35-unit housing scheme at a five-day inquiry, raising issues including the relative sustainability of the proposal in an area where there are significant environmental constraints.
  • Tamworth Farmhouse, Reigate (2018) - acted for a Rule 6 party/neighbour in a seven-day enforcement inquiry raising a wide range of issues including the validity of the notice, immunity from enforcement,  and impact on Green Belt vehicle depot.
  • Chanrossa, Waverley (2018) -  represented the LPA in a four-day planning inquiry concerning the impact of development on a conservation area and listed buildings
  • Longdene House, Waverley (2017) – represented Waverley Borough Council in a four-day Inquiry in relation to a proposal for a 29 dwelling scheme in the Surrey Hills AONB. Acting for the Council in their statutory challenge to the grant of permission.
  • Parsonage Barn, East Hampshire DC (2017) – acted for a developer proposing an exemplary home in the South Downs National Park on the basis of the "exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design" (para 55 of the NPPF).
  • Frensham Vale, Waverley (2017) - represented Waverley Borough Council in a four-day inquiry in relation to a proposal for a 46 dwelling scheme in Farnham. The appeal was dismissed.
  • Rush Green Road, Tendring (2016) – appeared for the local planning authority in a three-day inquiry in relation to a proposed 270 unit residential scheme which raised issues of Green Gap, housing land supply, and the coalescence of settlements.
  • Land West of Hoo st Werburgh, Medway (2016) – acted for Medway at a two-week inquiry, resisting a proposal for 475 homes on the grounds of lack of sustainability and landscape harm.
  • Wishanger Eco-home, East Hamphsire (2015) – represented a developer proposing an 'eco-home' in the countryside on the basis of the "exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design" (para 55 of the NPPF). Rob had advised on the scheme from a very early stage of the proposal.
  • Hifynydd Wind Farm (2015) -  acted for Neath Port Talbot CBC in a long-running appeal against the refusal by the Council to grant planning permission for a 9 turbine Wind Farm. The Wind Farm was proposed to be located above the Aberpergwm Coal Mine. The appeal called for a balance to be struck between benefits of renewable energy and the need to avoid the sterilisation of important mineral resources.
  • Mynydd Marchywel windfarm [2015] P.A.D 26 –  represented the LPAin a two-week planning Inquiry following a refusal to grant permission for a wind farm straddling a Strategic Search Area boundary. The appeal was refused, with the Inspector accepting that the harm to landscape character, visual amenity and heritage interests outweighed the benefits of the scheme.
  • New Barnfield Energy from Waste Inquiry (2013) – appeared as junior to Mark Lowe QC on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council in a seven-week inquiry into a proposed Energy from Waste plant. This controversial proposal covered a wide variety of issues including UK and European Waste Policy; UK and European renewable energy policy; Green Belt; heritage impacts; traffic and highway and landscape and visual impacts.

Local Plan examinations 

Rob appears for both promoting authorities and private clients at Local Plan examinations:

  • Tonbridge and Malling (forthcoming) - advising Tonbridge and Malling in relation to their emerging Local Plan.
  • Guildford Local Plan examination (2018) - advised and acted Guildford Borough Council in the preparation for, and examination of, their Local Plan.
  • West Sussex County Council Joint Minerals Local Plan examination (2017) – represented the primary objectors to the main allocation for soft sand extraction in the draft Local Plan. This resulted in the proposed allocation of a soft sand quarry being deleted from the plan, and the policy being found unsound.
  • Waverley Local Plan Part 1 examination (2017) – advised and acted for the local planning authority in the examination of their new Local Plan.

Environmental law

Rob has experience in a wide range of environmental matters, including:

  • Wind farms - both resisting and promoting wind farm schemes. Rob has a particular expertise in relation to wind farm proposals in Wales, having appeared in four separate public inquiries into wind farms in Wales within the last two years
  • Energy from waste – appeared with Mark Lowe QC in a 7-week inquiry into a proposed energy from waste plant in Hertfordshire. This controversial proposal covered a wide variety of issues including UK and European Waste Policy; UK and European renewable energy policy; Green Belt; heritage impacts; traffic and highway and landscape and visual impacts.
  • Minerals – appeared for the LPA in a wind farm planning inquiry (Hifynydd Wind Farm) which called for a balance to be struck between benefits of renewable energy and the need to avoid the sterilisation of important mineral resources.  He has also appeared at examinations into Minerals Local Plans
  • Nuclear energy - acted as part of a team of three barristers from chambers who advised on an application to the (then) Infrastructure Planning Commission in relation to the development of a Nuclear Power Station at Hinkley Point C.
  • Eco-homes – successfully represented a developer proposing an "eco-home" in the countryside on the basis of the 'exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design'. A key part of this finding was the energy-efficient design of the proposal. Rob had advised on the scheme from a very early stage.
  • Oil  -  advised the owners of Wytch Farm Oilfields, one of the largest onshore oilfields in the UK, in relation to the planning and enforcement law implications of their proposals for increased extraction.

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Rob has an expertise in Compulsory Purchase Orders, and is experienced in all stages of the CPO process from drafting of the order and statement of reasons, through to compensation and enforcement matters. For example, from 2014 to 2017, he acted for Canterbury City Council, RSPB and Natural England in relation to the compulsory purchase of the Whitstable Bay Estate, and appeared at the inquiry in 2016.

Cases

Housing land supply in plan-making: Waverley Borough Council adopts Local Plan Part 1
23.02.2018
On Tuesday 20th February 2018 Waverley Borough Council resolved to adopt its emerging Local Plan Part 1, accepting the recommendations contained in the examining Inspector's report. The plan and report provide....

Court of Appeal clarifies law relating to certificates of lawfulness of proposed use or development
13.06.2017
The Government of the Republic of France v the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Crown Estate Commissioners & Mr and Mrs Jonathan Hunt [2017] ewca civ 429 Judgment 12th....

Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government
17.05.2017
Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....

The impact of Daventry ‘on the ground’
27.02.2017
Planning permission refused for up to 276 dwellings in a Local Green Gap, Clacton-on-Sea In Daventry1 the Court of Appeal explained that, because a central theme of the NPPF was to....

DEFRA confirms Whitstable Bay CPO for nature reserve
11.11.2016
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Whitstable Bay Estate Compulsory Purchase Order made by Canterbury City Council. The CPO authorises the compulsory purchase of....

Neighbourhood Plan Quashed – Boundaries of the 'Soft Touch' Approach
13.10.2016
Mrs Justice Patterson gave judgment today in R. (Stonegate Homes Limited and another) v. Horsham District Council and Henfield Parish Council [2016] EWHC 2512 (Admin) to quash the Henfield Neighbourhood....

Cornerstone Barristers appears for LTDA in challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway
15.01.2016

On 13th and 14th January 2016 the High Court (Mrs Justice Patterson DBE) heard argument in R (on the application of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association Ltd) v Transport for London.

....

Permission granted for Judicial Review challenge to Cycle Super Highway
12.10.2015

The High Court has granted the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA) permission to bring a judicial review challenge in relation to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway by Transport for London.

....

Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection
22.07.2015

By a decision dated 16 July 2015 the Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has maintained his refusal of a planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and volume of 585,000 m3, at land at New Barnfield in Welwyn, following a legal challenge in the High Court.

....

Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For New Barnfield 380 Tkpa RERF
10.07.2014
The Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has refused planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000....

Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2012] 1 WLR 1561
27.02.2013
A judicial review in which the appellant (unsuccessfully) argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of....

Hillgrove Paddocks Planning Inquiry (2012)
27.02.2013
Representing the Local Planning Authority (South Downs National Park Authority) in a three-day planning inquiry. The the central issue was whether there was an essential need for a rural worker....

R (on the application of Garner) v Elmbridge Borough Council [2011] Env LR 10
27.02.2013

Rob appeared, as junior to James Findlay QC, in a leading case on the granting of Protective Cost Orders in judicial review challenges to planning permissions.

....

Full scale attack on town and village greens repelled
17.01.2012
The Court of Appeal have dismissed a challenge on the law relating to town and village greens which, if successful, would have dramatically limited the ability of local residents to....

Requirements of Circular 05/05: Planning Obligations
23.07.2010
The Secretary of State has recently issued his decision on the planning appeal last year into major redevelopment proposals for Brighton Marina. The appeal was dismissed on the ground that....

News

Wales Planning Law Update
20.10.2015
On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point. The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....

Cornerstone on the Planning Court
01.09.2015

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

....

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Events

Cornerstone Breakfast Briefing: Is there now a de facto duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission?
01.03.2017

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Ramifications of the Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambs DC [2017] EWCA Civ 7 The Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council [2017] EWCA....

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Birmingham Private Planning Seminar
19.09.2016

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Autumn approaches. After the tumultuous events of this year it is time to take stock and to examine what the future may have in store for the planning system and....

Overview

Rob has a particular interest in administrative and public law and, given the nature of his practice, public law issues pervade much of his work.

As a member of the Attorney General's 'B' Panel, Rob regularly appears in the Administrative and Planning Courts on behalf of government departments. He has also appeared in the higher courts, including the Court of Appeal, on behalf of private parties, and other public bodies.

Rob has experience of judicial and statutory review  in the following areas:

  • Administrative law, including local government
  • Planning (s.288, s.289 & Judicial Review)
  • Immigration and asylum

Many of the cases in which Rob has been involved have raised human rights issues and he is used to addressing domestic, European and international jurisprudence in relation to such matters.

Recent examples of his work which have raised judicial review principles include:

Relta Ltd v Greater London Authority [2017] EWHC 671 (Admin) – appeared for the GLA in respect of a judicial review challenge to the decision by the London of Mayor to designated Bromley Town Centre as a Housing Zone. The claim raised issues of interpretation and application of the Mayor's policy.

R (on the application of Tracey) v SSHD [2017] EWHC 1327 (Admin) – represented SSHD in a judicial review challenge to the deportation of an immigrant on the grounds that he had been given inadequate notice of his removal. The claim was dismissed.

R (on the application of Headcorn Parish Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2017] EWHC 970 - represented SSCLG in a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State's screening direction in respect of a proposed housing development. It raised issues of the proper approach to material considerations, as well as the approach to "significant environmental effects" under the EIA Directive. The claim was dismissed.

Licensed Taxi Drivers Association v Transport for London [2016] EWHC 233 – appeared (together with Mark Lowe QC) in a judicial review challenge to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway.

R (on the application of Ali) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 7 – Rob successfully defended a judicial review claim in which it was alleged that the Secretary of State's decision to grant limited (rather than indefinite) leave to remain to the Claimant was contrary to her duties pursuant to section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (the best interest duty).

Dick v Wandle Housing Association (unreported) – successfully resisted a judicial review application in which the Claimant contended that the decision by the Housing Association to refuse her transfer request was unlawful on public law grounds, including by being in breach of their own policy.

Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2012] 1 WLR 1561 – A judicial review in which the appellant argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of land prior to that enactment would be contrary to the presumption against retrospective legislation and breach their Protocol 1, Article 1 ECHR rights. Rob successfully appeared for the interested party, making both written and oral submissions to the Court of Appeal.

Cases

Court of Appeal clarifies law relating to certificates of lawfulness of proposed use or development
13.06.2017
The Government of the Republic of France v the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Crown Estate Commissioners & Mr and Mrs Jonathan Hunt [2017] ewca civ 429 Judgment 12th....

Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government
17.05.2017
Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....

News

Junior Counsel to the Crown Appointments
27.06.2017
Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Ryan Kohli (2006) and Robert Williams (2008) have been appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel). Their....

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Junior Members appointed to Attorney General's Panel of Counsel
23.02.2012
Ryan Kohli (2006) and Rob Williams (2008) have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel). James Findlay QC, joint head of chambers, said "Ryan and Rob have....

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Overview

As an adjunct to his planning and compulsory purchase practice, Robert advises on matters of property law.

His experience includes:

  • Claims for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1961 following compulsory purchase
  • Adverse possession/prescription claims
  • Trespass claims
  • Advising on the interpretation of leases and covenants 
  • Advising on the rights and liabilities of landowners in relation to watercourses
  • Advising on the merits of a defence to a combined judicial review/application to amend registration of a Village Green

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Cornerstone on the Planning Court

1st September 2015

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

Edited by Tom Cosgrove and written by members of the Cornerstone Planning Team, the guide is the first of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which was introduced in April 2014.

Designed to be practical and accessible, it is the essential reference for all those who are involved in bringing or defending claims in the Court, and those who have an interest in the broad range of claims that now fall within the Court's remit. The guide will be of particular use to those instructing solicitors and barristers in planning related matters such as planning consultancies, development companies, pressure groups and individuals, as well as solicitors, professional planning bodies and local authorities.

Contributors to Cornerstone on the Planning Court include Michael Bedford QC, Josef Cannon, Estelle Dehon, Emma Dring, James Findlay QC, Robin Green, Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker, Clare Parry, Asitha Ranatunga and Robert Williams.

For further information on Cornerstone on the Planning Court or to purchase a copy, click here.

Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

1st September 2015

Edited by Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and written by members of Chambers, Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct identifies and explains the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales.

Contributors to Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct include: James Findlay QC, Philip Coppel QC, Robin Green, Harriet Townsend, Wayne Beglan, Damien Welfare, Estelle Dehon, Ryan Kohli, Robert Williams, Emma Dring, Zoe Whittington, Jack Parker and Matt Lewin.

The book has been designed as a readable, practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors, monitoring officers and lawyers.

With the foreword kindly contributed by Cllr David Sparks, the Chairman of the Local Government Association, topics considered within the guide include:

  • The standards regime
  • Councillors' conduct and decision-making
  • Complaints procedure
  • Challenging council decisions
  • Offences

Reviews include:

Cornerstone Barristers has produced a "book which is not only extremely useful from a professional standpoint, but it is also eminently readable." It "is not just a handy reference book to Councillors' conduct: it is an indispensable guide and should be the first port of call when questions arise." James Button and Co-Bulletin

The publication"skilfully navigates its way through the dense and dangerous jungle of intervening statutory, guidance, caselaw and other foliage from the former Standards Board regime (following the Donnygate scandal) to the present slimmed-down but imperfect present." Nicholas Dobson, a Consultant with Freeths LLP writing for Local Government Lawyer

Click here to purchase a copy.

Philip Kolvin QC discusses the issues confronting local councillors and the need for a consistent approach to standards of conduct in an interview with Bloomsbury Professional.

  • Member of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association
  • Member of the Compulsory Purchase Association

Case

Housing land supply in plan-making: Waverley Borough Council adopts Local Plan Part 1

23rd February 2018

On Tuesday 20th February 2018 Waverley Borough Council resolved to adopt its emerging Local Plan Part 1, accepting the recommendations contained in the examining Inspector's report. The plan and report provide....

News

Junior Counsel to the Crown Appointments

27th June 2017

Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Ryan Kohli (2006) and Robert Williams (2008) have been appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel). Their....

Case

Court of Appeal clarifies law relating to certificates of lawfulness of proposed use or development

13th June 2017

The Government of the Republic of France v the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Crown Estate Commissioners & Mr and Mrs Jonathan Hunt [2017] ewca civ 429 Judgment 12th....

Case

Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government

17th May 2017

Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....

Case

The impact of Daventry ‘on the ground’

27th February 2017

Planning permission refused for up to 276 dwellings in a Local Green Gap, Clacton-on-Sea In Daventry1 the Court of Appeal explained that, because a central theme of the NPPF was to....

Case

DEFRA confirms Whitstable Bay CPO for nature reserve

11th November 2016

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Whitstable Bay Estate Compulsory Purchase Order made by Canterbury City Council. The CPO authorises the compulsory purchase of....

Case

Neighbourhood Plan Quashed – Boundaries of the 'Soft Touch' Approach

13th October 2016

Mrs Justice Patterson gave judgment today in R. (Stonegate Homes Limited and another) v. Horsham District Council and Henfield Parish Council [2016] EWHC 2512 (Admin) to quash the Henfield Neighbourhood....

Case

Cornerstone Barristers appears for LTDA in challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway

15th January 2016

On 13th and 14th January 2016 the High Court (Mrs Justice Patterson DBE) heard argument in R (on the application of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association Ltd) v Transport for London.

....

News

Wales Planning Law Update

20th October 2015

On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point. The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....

Case

Permission granted for Judicial Review challenge to Cycle Super Highway

12th October 2015

The High Court has granted the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA) permission to bring a judicial review challenge in relation to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway by Transport for London.

....

News

Cornerstone on the Planning Court

1st September 2015

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

....

Case

Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection

22nd July 2015

By a decision dated 16 July 2015 the Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has maintained his refusal of a planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and volume of 585,000 m3, at land at New Barnfield in Welwyn, following a legal challenge in the High Court.

....

News

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.

....

News

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015

31st May 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Case

Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For New Barnfield 380 Tkpa RERF

10th July 2014

The Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has refused planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000....

Case

Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2012] 1 WLR 1561

27th February 2013

A judicial review in which the appellant (unsuccessfully) argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of....

Case

Abubakar v Entry Clearance Officer [2012] EWCA Civ 377

27th February 2013

The Court of Appeal clarified the proper approach for assessing whether an applicant for entry clearance would be 'adequately maintained' for the purposes of the immigration rules. Rob appeared (as....

Case

Hillgrove Paddocks Planning Inquiry (2012)

27th February 2013

Representing the Local Planning Authority (South Downs National Park Authority) in a three-day planning inquiry. The the central issue was whether there was an essential need for a rural worker....

Case

R (on the application of Garner) v Elmbridge Borough Council [2011] Env LR 10

27th February 2013

Rob appeared, as junior to James Findlay QC, in a leading case on the granting of Protective Cost Orders in judicial review challenges to planning permissions.

....

News

Attorney General's Panel Appointments

20th February 2013

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that Catherine Rowlands and Clare Parry have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel with effect from 1 March 2013. Their appointments....

News

Junior Members appointed to Attorney General's Panel of Counsel

23rd February 2012

Ryan Kohli (2006) and Rob Williams (2008) have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel). James Findlay QC, joint head of chambers, said "Ryan and Rob have....

Case

Full scale attack on town and village greens repelled

17th January 2012

The Court of Appeal have dismissed a challenge on the law relating to town and village greens which, if successful, would have dramatically limited the ability of local residents to....

Case

Requirements of Circular 05/05: Planning Obligations

23rd July 2010

The Secretary of State has recently issued his decision on the planning appeal last year into major redevelopment proposals for Brighton Marina. The appeal was dismissed on the ground that....

EVENT

Cornerstone Breakfast Briefing: Is there now a de facto duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission?

1st March 2017

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Ramifications of the Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambs DC [2017] EWCA Civ 7 The Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council [2017] EWCA....

EVENT

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016

7th November 2016

Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

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Birmingham Private Planning Seminar

19th September 2016

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Autumn approaches. After the tumultuous events of this year it is time to take stock and to examine what the future may have in store for the planning system and....