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Robin Green

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Robin specialises in Planning and Environment; Local Authority Governance and Services; Administrative and Public Law; and Property.

Robin specialises in Planning and Environment; Local Authority Governance and Services; Administrative and Public Law; and Property.

He regularly appears at inquiries and in the High Court on behalf of private clients and local authorities. Robin also appears in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in property and compensation cases.

Robin is frequently called on to advise on cross-cutting legal problems, as well as on tactical and evidential issues. He takes a commercial and pragmatic approach to litigation.

Robin has long been ranked in the legal directories as a leading junior in planning and administrative law/local government areas:

"An extremely impressive advocate"; "He has a good eye for detail and is good at explaining issues to clients" (Legal 500 2016)

"Very user-friendly and helpful" (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Robin is able to accept direct access instructions.

"Worth his weight in gold. He provides very clear, practical advice, often reducing complex issues to easily understandable summaries. His advocacy is like his approach to providing advice in that it very clearly focuses on the issues at hand." Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is thorough and painstaking, and he emanates assurance." Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is very user-friendly and helpful." Chambers & Partners 2016

"Very calm, well-prepared and thorough, and very generous with his time." Legal 500 2016

"An extremely impressive advocate." Legal 500 2015

Overview

Robin has extensive inquiry experience of a range of developments, including residential, commercial and infrastructure projects. He appears for private sector clients and local planning authorities in cases involving:

  • Green Belt, AONBs and countryside
  • Heritage assets
  • EIA/SEA/appropriate assessment
  • Housing need
  • Viability
  • Minerals
  • Renewable energy
  • Enabling development
  • Tree preservation orders
  • Compulsory acquisition
  • Compensation
  • Enforcement (including enforcement notices and injunctions)
  • Lawful development certificates

Robin is often asked to advise on and appear in judicial reviews and similar statutory challenges in the Planning Court.

Cases

Large Housing Development Dismissed Due to Risk to Green Belt
25.07.2017
Robin Green successfully acted for Wycombe District Council in resisting an appeal concerning outline proposals for 131 houses on a former sports ground on the edge of a sustainable Buckinghamshire....

Legal challenges to fracking planning decisions
21.11.2016
Last week, two sets of legal proceedings were issued challenging decisions by the Secretary of State relating to hydraulic fracturing proposals in Lancashire. Preston New Road Action Group ("PNRAG") issued an....

Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire
06.10.2016
In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

Scheme for 30 dwellings in a countryside strategic gap refused notwithstanding a shortfall in housing land supply
10.08.2016
An appeal against Waverley Borough Council's refusal of planning permission for a 30-dwelling scheme on agricultural land within a strategic gap was dismissed on grounds of harm to the character....

Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites
27.11.2015
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire
28.09.2015

Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

....

Appeal decision
29.07.2015
Development of 240 houses on agricultural land south of New Moor Farm and east of North End, Southminster. APP/X1545/A/14/2224678....

Law v Essex County Council [2015] EWHC 329 (Admin), [2015] JPL 731
17.02.2015
School development – whether compatible with a rural location – adequacy of officer's report....

R (Carter) v Swansea City and County Council [2015] EWHC 75 (Admin), [2015] EG 1509, 132
22.01.2015
Windfarm – challenge to grant of permission – adequacy of report – whether evidence required that conditions could be fulfilled.....

R (Moore) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Watford Borough Council [2014] EWHC 3592 (Admin), [2015] JPL 728
31.10.2014
Allotments – challenge to decision to consent to appropriation for purposes of development – whether application for consent misleading – change in circumstances after application made.....

R (Lady Hart of Chilton) v Babergh District Council [2014] EWHC 3261 (Admin), [2015] JPL 491
16.10.2014
Nine out of 10 grounds of challenge to the grant of planning permission for industrial buildings close to Grade 1, Grade 2* and Grade 2 listed buildings dismissed. Question of....

Dartford BC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Landhold Capital Limited [2014] EWHC 2636 (Admin), [2015] 1 P&CR 2
24.06.2014
Challenge to grant of planning permission – whether inspector correctly approached development plan and NPPF policy on sustainable development....

Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v E.Northants DC, English Heritage, National Trust & SSCLG
18.02.2014
[2014] EWCA Civ 137 Court of Appeal rejects Barnwell Manor wind farm appeal, upholds the statutory duty to give considerable weight to preserving the setting of listed buildings. Today the Court of....

Appeal decision
07.01.2014
Redevelopment of warehousing and storage building to provide 51 dwellings - GR Warehousing, Old Station Yard, Old Station Road, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5RT APP/W3520/A/13/2199563....

R (Stern) v Horsham District Council [2013] 3 All ER 798
28.12.2013
Planning – enforcement notice – defect in service – failure of recipient to appeal in time – prejudice – refusal to withdraw notice – ambit of appeal to Secretary of....

Judge quashes wind farm permission in case brought by local authority, English Heritage and the National Trust.
08.03.2013
In an important decision on the correct approach to development affecting heritage assets, Mrs Justice Lang has struck down the decision of a planning inspector allowing a wind farm within....

Challenge to wind farm decision awaiting judgment
22.02.2013
In a rare joint challenge brought by East Northamptonshire District Council, English Heritage and the National Trust, the decision by an inspector to grant planning permission for a four-turbine wind....

Trail Riders Fellowship v Peak District National Park Authority [2012] EWHC 3359 (Admin)
10.12.2012
The powers of a national park authority to make traffic regulation orders were considered by the High Court (Ouseley J). The authority had made an experimental traffic regulation order, which was....

High Court judge recuses himself on the basis of his membership of English Heritage and National Trust
07.12.2012
In East Northamptonshire District Council & Ors v SoS, which involved a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a wind farm brought by, inter alia, English Heritage and....

Proprietary Estoppel in the Court of Appeal
17.11.2012
Joyce v Epsom & Ewell Borough Council – Court of Appeal On 17 October the Court of Appeal reserved judgment in a case where a landowner is seeking to raise a....

Joyce v Epsom & Ewell Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 1398 [2013] 1 EGLR 21
30.10.2012
Right of way – estoppel – dealings between council and claimant's predecessor in title – extent of equity required.....

Inquiry work
24.08.2012
Inquiry work over the past few years has included:

  • Major, mixed use redevelopment in Brent
  • Major residential redevelopment in Sevenoaks
  • Major residential development in Eastbourne
  • Major residential development in Horsham
  • Major residential development in Welwyn....

  • Planning inquiry into Code 5 homes
    24.07.2012
    Robin Green appeared for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in an inquiry into whether permission should be granted for houses reaching level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes....

    No obligation on Secretary of State to reopen gypsy caravan site inquiry following reinstatement of Regional Strategy
    14.05.2012
    The ripples caused by the Cala Homes litigation were considered by Foskett J in a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse planning permission in an....

    Murphy v SSCLG and Wycombe DC [2012] EWHC 1198 (Admin)
    14.05.2012
    Challenge to dismissal of appeal concerning a gypsy caravan site in the Green Belt – alleged breach of rules of natural justice by Secretary of State in not allowing further....

    National Trust challenge to a wind farm
    25.04.2012
    Morag Ellis and Robin Green have been instructed on behalf of the National Trust in a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a wind farm within 1 mile....

    The Secretary of State’s attempted revocation of regional strategies create further ripples
    21.03.2012
    Further ripples from the Secretary of State's attempted revocation of regional strategies. In Murphy v Secretary of State and Wycombe District Council the claimant has challenged the refusal of planning permission....

    R (McDonagh) v Hackney LBC
    22.02.2012
    The Administrative Court gave judgment this week in favour of Hackney LBC in a challenge to the rationality of the local authority's policy for allocation of pitches for travellers. The....

    R (McDonagh) v Hackney London Borough Council [2012] EWHC 373 (Admin)
    15.02.2012
    Challenge to gypsy caravan site allocations policy – allegedly irrational in requiring applicants to maintain a connection with Hackney and to register annually – challenge dismissed.....

    Wright v Horsham District Council [2011] UKUT 319 (LC), [2011] JPL 1618
    22.08.2011
    Claim for compensation for cost of underpinning to a property following refusal of consent to fell trees protected by a tree preservation order. Claim contested on grounds of causation. Question....

    Late challenge to a planning permission; discontinuance and compensation
    25.02.2011
    Late challenge to a planning permission; discontinuance and compensation Thursday, February 25, 2010 R (Usk Valley Conservation Group) v Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Thomas [2010] EWHC (Admin) ...read....

    Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan
    15.03.2010

    Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan
    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Persimmon Homes Ltd & Anor, R (on the application of) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2010] EWHC 535 (Admin)

    ....

    R (Usk Valley Conservation Group) v Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Thomas [2010] EWHC (Admin) 71, [2010] 2 P&CR 198
    01.01.2010

    A significant case involving two challenges: one to the grant of planning permission in 2005 for a caravan and camping site; the other to decisions taken by the defendant authority in 2008 concerning enforcement and discontinuance. Notwithstanding the lapse of some 3 ½ years between the grant of permission and the issue of proceedings, the court quashed the permission on a variety of grounds arising from differences between the application and the permission.

    ....

    Persimmon Homes Ltd & Anor, R (on the application of) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2010] EWHC 535 (Admin), [2011] JPL 1169
    01.01.2010

    Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan On 15 March 2010 Mr Justice Beatson dismissed a challenge to the Vale of Glamorgan's Local Development Plan preferred strategy brought by two developers that wished to see their own site included in the draft plan as a strategic housing allocation

    ....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire
    09.02.2016
    The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

    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....

    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....

    Planning and Local Government issues for Wales
    07.09.2009

    Planning and Local Government issues for Wales
    Monday, September 07, 2009

    Chambers was proud to host this essential guide to the latest Planning and Local Government legislative and policy issues affecting Local Authorities at Cardiff City Hall.

    ....

    Overview

    Robin has long experience advising public authorities and private individuals on the lawfulness of administrative decisions. He has appeared in numerous judicial reviews and statutory challenges, principally in the fields of planning and highways.

    Robin advises local authorities throughout England and Wales on a wide range of issues, including:

    • constitutional provisions
    • executive arrangements
    • agency arrangements
    • decision-making
    • councillors' conduct
    • finance
    • land transactions
    • public procurement

    Cases

    R (Moore) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Watford Borough Council [2014] EWHC 3592 (Admin), [2015] JPL 728
    31.10.2014
    Allotments – challenge to decision to consent to appropriation for purposes of development – whether application for consent misleading – change in circumstances after application made.....

    Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v E.Northants DC, English Heritage, National Trust & SSCLG
    18.02.2014
    [2014] EWCA Civ 137 Court of Appeal rejects Barnwell Manor wind farm appeal, upholds the statutory duty to give considerable weight to preserving the setting of listed buildings. Today the Court of....

    Appeal decision
    07.01.2014
    Redevelopment of warehousing and storage building to provide 51 dwellings - GR Warehousing, Old Station Yard, Old Station Road, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5RT APP/W3520/A/13/2199563....

    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....

    Trail Riders Fellowship v Peak District National Park Authority [2012] EWHC 3359 (Admin)
    10.12.2012
    The powers of a national park authority to make traffic regulation orders were considered by the High Court (Ouseley J). The authority had made an experimental traffic regulation order, which was....

    Proprietary Estoppel in the Court of Appeal
    17.11.2012
    Joyce v Epsom & Ewell Borough Council – Court of Appeal On 17 October the Court of Appeal reserved judgment in a case where a landowner is seeking to raise a....

    Inquiry work
    24.08.2012
    Inquiry work over the past few years has included:

  • Major, mixed use redevelopment in Brent
  • Major residential redevelopment in Sevenoaks
  • Major residential development in Eastbourne
  • Major residential development in Horsham
  • Major residential development in Welwyn....

  • Planning inquiry into Code 5 homes
    24.07.2012
    Robin Green appeared for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in an inquiry into whether permission should be granted for houses reaching level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes....

    No obligation on Secretary of State to reopen gypsy caravan site inquiry following reinstatement of Regional Strategy
    14.05.2012
    The ripples caused by the Cala Homes litigation were considered by Foskett J in a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse planning permission in an....

    Murphy v SSCLG and Wycombe DC [2012] EWHC 1198 (Admin)
    14.05.2012
    Challenge to dismissal of appeal concerning a gypsy caravan site in the Green Belt – alleged breach of rules of natural justice by Secretary of State in not allowing further....

    National Trust challenge to a wind farm
    25.04.2012
    Morag Ellis and Robin Green have been instructed on behalf of the National Trust in a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a wind farm within 1 mile....

    The Secretary of State’s attempted revocation of regional strategies create further ripples
    21.03.2012
    Further ripples from the Secretary of State's attempted revocation of regional strategies. In Murphy v Secretary of State and Wycombe District Council the claimant has challenged the refusal of planning permission....

    R (McDonagh) v Hackney LBC
    22.02.2012
    The Administrative Court gave judgment this week in favour of Hackney LBC in a challenge to the rationality of the local authority's policy for allocation of pitches for travellers. The....

    News

    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....

    Overview

    Robin regularly advises on property matters, including:
    • covenants
    • easements
    • leases (commercial and residential)
    • conveyances
    • adverse possession
    • nuisance
    • trespass

    He appears in High Court, county court and Upper Tribunal property cases, acting for public and private sector clients.

    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.

    Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy (2nd ed)

    28th January 2014

    Contributor to chapter 31: Planning and other strategies.

    Westlaw Insight

    1st December 2012

    • Local authority land transactions
    • Local authority publicity
    • Local government finance: capital

    Learn more about Westlaw Insight

    Volume 18 (Highways and Housing) of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents

    3rd September 2012

    Volume 18 (Highways and Housing) of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents has just been reissued. The Encyclopaedia provides expert commentary and an extensive range of precedents for non-contentious work. Peter Miller was the principal contributor to the Highways title and Robin Green was the principal contributor to the Housing title.

    Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents

    1st January 2007

    Principal contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, vol. 18 (Housing) 2007 Reissue.

    Robin gives seminars to clients on particular planning and local government issues of interest to them.

    • PEBA
    • ALBA

    Case

    Large Housing Development Dismissed Due to Risk to Green Belt

    25th July 2017

    Robin Green successfully acted for Wycombe District Council in resisting an appeal concerning outline proposals for 131 houses on a former sports ground on the edge of a sustainable Buckinghamshire....

    Case

    Legal challenges to fracking planning decisions

    21st November 2016

    Last week, two sets of legal proceedings were issued challenging decisions by the Secretary of State relating to hydraulic fracturing proposals in Lancashire. Preston New Road Action Group ("PNRAG") issued an....

    Case

    Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire

    6th October 2016

    In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

    News

    The Oil and Gas Authority Becomes an Independent Regulator

    4th October 2016

    As of 1 October 2016, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) became the independent regulator for offshore and onshore oil and gas operations in the United Kingdom. The Cornerstone Hydrocarbon....

    Case

    Scheme for 30 dwellings in a countryside strategic gap refused notwithstanding a shortfall in housing land supply

    10th August 2016

    An appeal against Waverley Borough Council's refusal of planning permission for a 30-dwelling scheme on agricultural land within a strategic gap was dismissed on grounds of harm to the character....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire

    9th February 2016

    The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

    Case

    Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites

    27th November 2015

    The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

    News

    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

    Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire

    28th September 2015

    Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

    ....

    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.

    ....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers supports Bar Mock Trial Competition

    5th August 2015

    Cornerstone Barristers has taken part in a training video to accompany the Bar Mock Trial Competition set up by the Citizenship Foundation, a charity aimed at educating young people about the law, politics and democratic life.

    ....

    Case

    Appeal decision

    29th July 2015

    Development of 240 houses on agricultural land south of New Moor Farm and east of North End, Southminster. APP/X1545/A/14/2224678....

    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

    Law v Essex County Council [2015] EWHC 329 (Admin), [2015] JPL 731

    17th February 2015

    School development – whether compatible with a rural location – adequacy of officer's report....

    Case

    R (Carter) v Swansea City and County Council [2015] EWHC 75 (Admin), [2015] EG 1509, 132

    22nd January 2015

    Windfarm – challenge to grant of permission – adequacy of report – whether evidence required that conditions could be fulfilled.....

    Case

    R (Moore) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Watford Borough Council [2014] EWHC 3592 (Admin), [2015] JPL 728

    31st October 2014

    Allotments – challenge to decision to consent to appropriation for purposes of development – whether application for consent misleading – change in circumstances after application made.....

    Case

    R (Lady Hart of Chilton) v Babergh District Council [2014] EWHC 3261 (Admin), [2015] JPL 491

    16th October 2014

    Nine out of 10 grounds of challenge to the grant of planning permission for industrial buildings close to Grade 1, Grade 2* and Grade 2 listed buildings dismissed. Question of....

    Case

    Dartford BC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Landhold Capital Limited [2014] EWHC 2636 (Admin), [2015] 1 P&CR 2

    24th June 2014

    Challenge to grant of planning permission – whether inspector correctly approached development plan and NPPF policy on sustainable development....

    Case

    Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v E.Northants DC, English Heritage, National Trust & SSCLG

    18th February 2014

    [2014] EWCA Civ 137 Court of Appeal rejects Barnwell Manor wind farm appeal, upholds the statutory duty to give considerable weight to preserving the setting of listed buildings. Today the Court of....

    Case

    Appeal decision

    7th January 2014

    Redevelopment of warehousing and storage building to provide 51 dwellings - GR Warehousing, Old Station Yard, Old Station Road, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5RT APP/W3520/A/13/2199563....

    Case

    R (Stern) v Horsham District Council [2013] 3 All ER 798

    28th December 2013

    Planning – enforcement notice – defect in service – failure of recipient to appeal in time – prejudice – refusal to withdraw notice – ambit of appeal to Secretary of....

    Case

    Judge quashes wind farm permission in case brought by local authority, English Heritage and the National Trust.

    8th March 2013

    In an important decision on the correct approach to development affecting heritage assets, Mrs Justice Lang has struck down the decision of a planning inspector allowing a wind farm within....

    Case

    Challenge to wind farm decision awaiting judgment

    22nd February 2013

    In a rare joint challenge brought by East Northamptonshire District Council, English Heritage and the National Trust, the decision by an inspector to grant planning permission for a four-turbine wind....

    Case

    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

    Trail Riders Fellowship v Peak District National Park Authority [2012] EWHC 3359 (Admin)

    10th December 2012

    The powers of a national park authority to make traffic regulation orders were considered by the High Court (Ouseley J). The authority had made an experimental traffic regulation order, which was....

    Case

    High Court judge recuses himself on the basis of his membership of English Heritage and National Trust

    7th December 2012

    In East Northamptonshire District Council & Ors v SoS, which involved a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a wind farm brought by, inter alia, English Heritage and....

    Case

    Proprietary Estoppel in the Court of Appeal

    17th November 2012

    Joyce v Epsom & Ewell Borough Council – Court of Appeal On 17 October the Court of Appeal reserved judgment in a case where a landowner is seeking to raise a....

    Case

    Joyce v Epsom & Ewell Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 1398 [2013] 1 EGLR 21

    30th October 2012

    Right of way – estoppel – dealings between council and claimant's predecessor in title – extent of equity required.....

    Case

    Inquiry work

    24th August 2012

    Inquiry work over the past few years has included:
  • Major, mixed use redevelopment in Brent
  • Major residential redevelopment in Sevenoaks
  • Major residential development in Eastbourne
  • Major residential development in Horsham
  • Major residential development in Welwyn....

  • Case

    Planning inquiry into Code 5 homes

    24th July 2012

    Robin Green appeared for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in an inquiry into whether permission should be granted for houses reaching level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes....

    Case

    No obligation on Secretary of State to reopen gypsy caravan site inquiry following reinstatement of Regional Strategy

    14th May 2012

    The ripples caused by the Cala Homes litigation were considered by Foskett J in a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse planning permission in an....

    Case

    Murphy v SSCLG and Wycombe DC [2012] EWHC 1198 (Admin)

    14th May 2012

    Challenge to dismissal of appeal concerning a gypsy caravan site in the Green Belt – alleged breach of rules of natural justice by Secretary of State in not allowing further....

    Case

    National Trust challenge to a wind farm

    25th April 2012

    Morag Ellis and Robin Green have been instructed on behalf of the National Trust in a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a wind farm within 1 mile....

    Case

    The Secretary of State’s attempted revocation of regional strategies create further ripples

    21st March 2012

    Further ripples from the Secretary of State's attempted revocation of regional strategies. In Murphy v Secretary of State and Wycombe District Council the claimant has challenged the refusal of planning permission....

    Case

    R (McDonagh) v Hackney LBC

    22nd February 2012

    The Administrative Court gave judgment this week in favour of Hackney LBC in a challenge to the rationality of the local authority's policy for allocation of pitches for travellers. The....

    Case

    R (McDonagh) v Hackney London Borough Council [2012] EWHC 373 (Admin)

    15th February 2012

    Challenge to gypsy caravan site allocations policy – allegedly irrational in requiring applicants to maintain a connection with Hackney and to register annually – challenge dismissed.....

    Case

    Wright v Horsham District Council [2011] UKUT 319 (LC), [2011] JPL 1618

    22nd August 2011

    Claim for compensation for cost of underpinning to a property following refusal of consent to fell trees protected by a tree preservation order. Claim contested on grounds of causation. Question....

    Case

    Late challenge to a planning permission; discontinuance and compensation

    25th February 2011

    Late challenge to a planning permission; discontinuance and compensation Thursday, February 25, 2010 R (Usk Valley Conservation Group) v Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Thomas [2010] EWHC (Admin) ...read....

    Case

    Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan

    15th March 2010

    Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan
    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Persimmon Homes Ltd & Anor, R (on the application of) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2010] EWHC 535 (Admin)

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    Case

    R (Usk Valley Conservation Group) v Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Thomas [2010] EWHC (Admin) 71, [2010] 2 P&CR 198

    1st January 2010

    A significant case involving two challenges: one to the grant of planning permission in 2005 for a caravan and camping site; the other to decisions taken by the defendant authority in 2008 concerning enforcement and discontinuance. Notwithstanding the lapse of some 3 ½ years between the grant of permission and the issue of proceedings, the court quashed the permission on a variety of grounds arising from differences between the application and the permission.

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    R (Clear Channel) v Hammersmith & Fulham LBC [2009] EWCA Civ 2142, [2010] JPL 751

    1st January 2010

    Advertising control – deemed consent – advertisements on land for more than 10 years – whether material change in display of advertisements – whether deemed consent lost – whether "right to revert"

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    Case

    Persimmon Homes Ltd & Anor, R (on the application of) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2010] EWHC 535 (Admin), [2011] JPL 1169

    1st January 2010

    Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan On 15 March 2010 Mr Justice Beatson dismissed a challenge to the Vale of Glamorgan's Local Development Plan preferred strategy brought by two developers that wished to see their own site included in the draft plan as a strategic housing allocation

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    News

    Planning and Local Government issues for Wales

    7th September 2009

    Planning and Local Government issues for Wales
    Monday, September 07, 2009

    Chambers was proud to host this essential guide to the latest Planning and Local Government legislative and policy issues affecting Local Authorities at Cardiff City Hall.

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    Case

    R (Helford Village Development Co Ltd) v Kerrier DC [2009] EWHC 400 (Admin), [2009] JPL 1386

    1st January 2009


    Challenge to grant of permission for new jetty and access road – site of special scientific interest and special area of conservation – proposed restoration of mid and lower foreshore – difficulty in achieving this – adequacy of officer's report

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