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Tom Cosgrove QC

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1994
Silk/QC
2017
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Thomas (Tom) Cosgrove QC is a specialist in the field of planning, administrative and public law. He is acknowledged as one of the leading planning practitioners at the Bar and has been consistently listed over several years in the legal directories of highly rated barristers.

Thomas (Tom) Cosgrove QC is a specialist in the field of planning, administrative and public law. He is acknowledged as one of the leading planning practitioners at the Bar and has been consistently listed over several years in the legal directories of highly rated barristers:

"Not only is he good on the papers, but he is a fearsome and extremely capable advocate..."

"He is incisive, gets to the heart of the issue very quickly and is a very good cross-examiner"
(Chambers and Partners Directory)

"Someone you want on your side when you're in a tight spot"
(Legal 500)

His practice has a focus on representing clients at substantial planning inquiries and in judicial review and statutory challenges in the Higher Courts of England and Wales. His work typically entails leading multi-disciplinary teams of experts in relation to development and infrastructure projects as well as providing early tactical advice and written/oral advocacy at inquiries or in court. He provides advice across a range of business sectors including development (retail, energy, heritage, commercial, residential and leisure), major infrastructure and government.

Tom was appointed Queen's Counsel in February 2017. He is the general editor of 'Cornerstone on the Planning Court' and regularly writes articles on aspects of Planning Law. He is a committee member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association.

"Not only is he good on the papers, but he is a fearsome and extremely capable advocate. Without fear of exaggeration or contradiction, he would be one of the best senior junior planning barristers anyone could get in the country." Chambers & Partners 2017

"A rigorous cross-examiner. He gives people a hard time in the best possible way." Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is incisive, gets to the heart of the issue very quickly and is a very good cross-examiner" Legal 500 2016

"Gravitas without pomposity" is his hallmark. "An incisive adviser who is highly motivated." Chambers & Partners 2016

"Experienced in public inquiries and regulatory hearings." Legal 500 2015

"He is a phenomenally hard worker; the effort he puts into mastering the papers and turning work around is amazing." Chambers & Partners

"He is excellent to work with and he is proactive in providing advice, which is always on time, accurate, pertinent and straight to the point." Chambers & Partners

"Someone you want on your side when you're in a tight spot....very efficient, and very good at getting down to the nitty-gritty of a case" Legal 500

Overview

Tom's planning practice includes undertaking work for leading house builders, retailers, private developers, planning authorities, public bodies and interest groups throughout the country.

He has extensive and highly sought after experience of taking development projects through the planning process from conception to completion, providing strategic, legal and tactical advice.

He advises clients on all aspects of planning law. He has both promoted and objected to large-scale housing and retail schemes (including proposals for a new town in Mid Sussex), heritage proposals, industrial developments, nationally significant infrastructure projects, including wind farm and renewable energy schemes and other major projects. He has recently been involved in several major public inquiries addressing issues of climate change, viability and the provision of housing as well as retail development and employment land use.

Tom is also regarded as one of the leading practitioners in the field of renewable energy developments. He has advised in relation to several of the most significant renewable development proposals in England and Wales.

During 2013 and 2014 he was instructed to advise and appear in relation to one of the largest onshore wind farm inquiries in the UK, the Mid Wales conjoined Planning Inquiry. The inquiry lasted nearly a year and covered a range of key planning issues concerning renewable energy provision and policy, landscape and visual impacts, heritage assets, ecology, noise and transport impacts.

More recently he appeared at examination in relation to a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project in Wales and acted for developers in major residential proposals in England.

Cases

East Hagbourne Inquiry – January 2017
13.02.2017
Tom Cosgrove acted for the local planning authority in relation a proposed major residential scheme in South Oxfordshire. The high-profile case involved issues of landscape and visual effects, and the....

Land North off Ryme Road, Yetminster Inquiry (Ref. No. APP/F1230/W/16/3145484)
07.11.2016
Tom Cosgrove acted for the appellant, Gladman Developments Ltd, at the inquiry which concerned a major residential proposal in West Dorset. The case involved issues of landscape impacts, transport and....

Chilton Inquiry (Ref: APP/V3120/W/16/3153209)
01.11.2016
Tom Cosgrove acted for the successful planning authority at this public inquiry concerning a major residential development in the AONB. The case considered the approach to defining major development in....

High Court rejects judicial review challenge by the French Government
27.11.2015
In a judgment handed down by the Planning Court on the 27th November 2015 Mr Justice Holgate has rejected an attempt by the French Government to judicially review planning decisions....

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project refused by Government
24.11.2015
The Government has refused an application for a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008's Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. The refusal is only the second instance of....

French Government bring judicial review in the Planning Court
12.11.2015

The French Government is seeking to block the building of a mega-basement intended to house a collection of vintage cars, the High Court has heard

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Planning Court Quashes Grant of Residential Planning Permission after Council failed lawfully to address issues of noise and heritage
09.09.2015

Obar Camden Limited v The London Borough of Camden [2015] EWHC 2475 (Admin)

....

Cornerstone Barristers acts for successful local authority in securing the rejection of four onshore wind farms after Wales’s longest ever planning inquiry
09.09.2015

Four onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales have been rejected by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

....

Inspector upholds a disaggregated approach to housing land supply and neighbourhood plan policies in dismissing planning appeal
19.06.2015

In a decision issued on the 17th June 2015, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State has, following a planning inquiry, dismissed an appeal made against a decision by South Oxfordshire District Council to refuse planning permission for a residential development

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Community Wind Farm Appeal Refused Because Of Heritage Impacts
16.03.2015
The Secretary of State has dismissed an appeal against the refusal by Bolsover District Council to grant planning permission for one of the largest ever community run windfarms in England.....

Coggeshall Co-Op Inquiry [2012]
16.03.2015
Tom acted on behalf of the Co-op in this planning inquiry relating to retail development. The inquiry covered several planning issues including retail impact, design, heritage, highway impact and parking....

Nyton Road Inquiry - Planning Permission Secured On Appeal For Large Scale Residential Scheme
23.02.2015
In an Appeal Decision issued on the 23rd February 2015, planning permission has been granted for a residential development of 268 houses on 12 hectares of green field land/countryside in....

Stratford Upon Avon Core Strategy Examination - January 2015
22.01.2015
Tom Cosgrove appeared, during January 2015, on behalf Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes at the Stratford Upon Avon Core Strategy Examination. The Examination considered a range of issues including housing....

Residential Scheme In West Sussex Considered At Inquiry [2014]
03.11.2014
Tom Cosgrove appeared, during November 2014, on behalf of the appellant, Land Fund Ltd, at a major planning inquiry which considered an appeal against a refusal of a scheme for....

Community Wind Farm And Heritage Impacts – Roseland Windfarm, Derbyshire [2014]
02.11.2014
Tom Cosgrove appeared, during November 2014, on behalf of Bolsover District Council in this important public Inquiry which considered one of the largest 'community' wind farm proposals in England. The....

Garreg Lwyd Wind Farm [2014]
15.10.2014
Tom Cosgrove appeared, during October 2014, on behalf of Powys County Council at a public Inquiry considering a proposal for a 17 turbine scheme in a strategic search area as....

Residential Inquiry In Surrey – Site Not Sustainable Because Of Flood Risk [2014]
27.06.2014
In a decision issued on the 25th June 2014 a planning inspector has dismissed an appeal by Charles Church Developments Ltd made under section 78 of the Town and Country....

Mid Wales Conjoined Planning Inquiry [2013-14]
30.05.2014
The UK's biggest onshore wind farm public inquiry sat for a year during 2013/14. Wales' longest-ever planning inquiry has been considering proposals for five onshore wind farms and a 132kV....

Bedford BC V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2013] EWHC 2847 (Admin)
17.07.2013
In granting conditional planning permission for the erection of wind turbines, having found that their positive aspects outweighed the negative aspects, including any harm the development might cause to the....

Village Green Inquiry – Land At Walton, Essex [2013]
18.06.2013
Tom appeared on behalf of the landowner in this village green inquiry held in November 2012. The inquiry covered a range of aspects of recent Village Green statute and caselaw,....

Planning inspector refuses permission for 21 hectares of glasshouses: Economic growth does not trump environmental harm under NPPF
13.08.2012
Planning permission has been refused with partial costs for the erection of four industrial sized glasshouses in the Manhood Pensinsula, West Sussex following an inquiry in which Mary Cook acted....

Springfield Road Inquiry, Surrey [2012]
07.01.2012
Inquiry concerning residential development proposal in AONB covering issues of traffic impact, and impact on a listed building and setting. Tom appeared for the planning authority.....

Podington Wind Farm Inquiry, Bedford [2012]
07.01.2012
Inquiry concerning wind farm proposal in Bedford considering issues of landscape and visual impact, residential amenity, noise and heritage. Acted for the planning authority.....

Easton Farm Glasshouse Inquiry, West Sussex [2012]
07.01.2012
Forthcoming inquiry (March 2012) considering proposal for 21 hectare glasshouse development in countryside. Issues involve highways, landscape impact and countryside. Instructed by the planning authority.....

Land at Wexham Street Inquiry South Buckinghamshire [2011]
07.09.2011

Tom appeared on behalf of the planning authority in this inquiry relating to a proposed parking facility and concerning in particular green belt policy and highway safety issues.

....

Nun Wood Wind Farm Inquiry [2011]
07.07.2011
Tom Cosgrove was instructed by three planning authorities in relation to a wind farm proposal involving issues of landscape and heritage impact, noise and emerging national policy.....

Government nuclear policy and Nuclear Inspectorate concerns considered by Secretary of State in Call In Planning Decision
17.06.2011
The Secretary of State has announced his decision in relation to a call in planning inquiry, which took place between October 2010 and January 2011. He has allowed an application....

Boundary Hall Site Inquiry, Hampshire [2011]
01.01.2011
Call in inquiry concerning a housing development near to the Ministry of Defence nuclear facility in Aldermaston. The high profile case involved consideration of the implications of government nuclear policy on....

Boundary Hall Site Inquiry, Hampshire [2011]
01.01.2011
Call in inquiry concerning a housing development near to the Ministry of Defence nuclear facility in Aldermaston. The high profile case involved consideration of the implications of government nuclear policy on....

Government nuclear policy and Nuclear Inspectorate objections considered at Call In Inquiry
24.11.2010
A call in planning inquiry, which opened in October, is considering an application to develop housing by Cala homes near to the MOD nuclear facility in Aldermaston in Hampshire. It....

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....

Tesco Inquiry, Ashtead, Surrey [2010]
07.06.2010
Inquiry considered issues of traffic impact, design and retail policy. Tom was instructed by the local planning authority into combined appeals by Tesco.....

Bedford Windfarm proposal dismissed on appeal
04.03.2010
A proposed windfarm in Bedford has been rejected in an Appeal Decision issued in late February 2010 (ref: APP/K0235/A/09/2108506/NWF) following a planning inquiry. Tom Cosgrove was instructed by Bedford Borough Council....

Downsview Nursery Inquiry, West Sussex [2010]
07.02.2010
Enforcement inquiry relating to continuity of use of residential property.....

Royal Borough Of Kensington & Chelsea V Secretary Of State For Communities & Local Government [2010] EWCA Civ 1466
01.01.2010
Affordable housing – Planning Inspectors – Planning permission – Residential development A planning inspector had not erred in his approach to the issue of whether there should be provision for affordable....

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2010] EWCA Civ 1466
01.01.2010
Affordable housing – Planning Inspectors – Planning permission – Residential development A planning inspector had not erred in his approach to the issue of whether there should be provision for affordable....

TRL site Inquiry, Crowthorne, Berkshire [2009]
07.02.2009
Major Inquiry concerning a large mixed use scheme (up to 975 units and a business park) and involved issues concerning the nearby SPA, transport impact, design, employment land provision and....

Former Huyck site Inquiry, Kent [2009]
07.02.2009
Tom was instructed by the developer in a Call in inquiry concerning a large residential scheme near Canterbury. Case covered issues relating to housing policy, design, employment land uses and....

Former Powergen Site Inquiry, Ashford [2008]
07.09.2008
Mark Lowe QC and Tom Cosgrove appeared on behalf of a developer in a major inquiry. The inquiry considered a 'trail blazing' mixed use proposal and covered a wide range....

Secretary of State grants permission for a landmark sustainable development in Ashford, Kent
07.07.2008
On the 3rd July 2008 the Secretary of State granted outline planning permission to a developer for one of the largest mixed use zero carbon emission developments in the south....

R (on the application of Jacqueline Tratt) v Horsham DC (Defendant) & Hutchinson 3G UK LTD (Interested Party) [2007] EWHC 1485 (Admin)
01.01.2007
Judicial review of a grant of planning permission for a telecommunications mast. Case concerned issues of how local planning authorities should address material planning considerations and the requirement to state....

R V Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council, Ex Parte Lawrie Plantation Services Ltd, House Of Lords (1999) 1 WLR 1415 : (1999) 3 All ER 929 : (2000) 79 P & CR 467 : (1999) EGCS 100 : Times, July 12, 1999
01.01.1999
Mark Lowe QC and Tom Cosgrove were instructed by the planning authority in this case in the House of Lords. This case considered whether a company's use of flats to....

News

Silk Day 2017
13.02.2017
Matt Hutchings, Paul Shadarevian and Tom Cosgrove have been formally appointed Queen's Counsel following a ceremony at Westminster earlier today. Click here for further information on their appointments. ....

Journal of Planning & Environment Law
25.01.2017
James Findlay QC, Tom Cosgrove and Ashley Bowes have written articles for the latest edition of the Journal of Planning & Environment Law. James has co-written an article on housing delivery....

Cornerstone Barristers announces three new silks
12.01.2017
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to announce that Paul Shadarevian, Matt Hutchings and Tom Cosgrove are to be appointed Queen's Counsel. Paul Shadarevian has extensive expertise across all areas of planning law,....

The Cornerstone Planning Team goes from strength to strength
12.01.2017
The appointment of Planning Team members Paul Shadarevian and Tom Cosgrove to QC is the latest in a series of exciting developments for the team this year. The addition of....

Planning Court Upholds rare refusal of NSIP
24.10.2016
The High Court has upheld a very rare refusal of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Proposal (NSIP) by the government. On the 19th October 2016, in R. (on the application of....

Local Government Lawyer - Book Review - Cornerstone on the Planning Court
18.05.2016
Local Government Lawyer has published a review of Cornerstone on the Planning Court; the first guide of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which....

The Planner - DECC rejects NSIP wind farm in Wales
24.11.2015
Tom Cosgrove is quoted in an article in The Planner on the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse development consent for an onshore....

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....

Local Government Lawyer: Winds of change in Wales
02.11.2015
Clare Parry has authored an article considering the Department of Energy & Climate Change's decision to reject five onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales, following the UK's biggest....

Solicitors Journal - A long and winding road in Wales
27.10.2015
Tom Cosgrove has authored an article on the rejection of several wind farm applications in Wales, following the longest ever planning inquiry of its kind. Tom Cosgrove and Clare Parry acted....

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....

Tom Cosgrove speaks at 2013 Surrey Planning Officers Seminar
23.05.2013
Tom Cosgrove delivered a paper on the 'The NPPF – the impact on decision – making' which considered what the implications of the government's  new planning policy had been for....

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

Tom's work involves a detailed understanding of the powers and functions of public bodies and he enjoys an extensive range of experience within this field. He has advised and/or appeared in matters relating to statutory interpretation, regulatory law, the environment, medical registration, disciplinary proceedings, employment, racial discrimination, consultation requirements, local government powers, licensing and human rights.

His busy practice covers all aspects of judicial review and related statutory challenges and has enabled him to develop a high level of expertise in this area. He has published material on the relationship in judicial review between human rights and the powers and duties of public bodies and on the use of court procedures and public law challenges in the Planning Court.

He acts for public bodies defending judicial review claims as well as for claimants in making applications and interested parties. Much of his planning work involves public law challenges in the high court and he has appeared in a number of significant cases dealing with the scope of such challenges.

Cases

East Hagbourne Inquiry – January 2017
13.02.2017
Tom Cosgrove acted for the local planning authority in relation a proposed major residential scheme in South Oxfordshire. The high-profile case involved issues of landscape and visual effects, and the....

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project refused by Government
24.11.2015
The Government has refused an application for a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008's Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. The refusal is only the second instance of....

General Chiropractic Council v Blokland & Clarke [2011]
01.07.2011
Tom Cosgrove appeared on behalf of the GCC in this conduct case concerning the correct approach to patient care.....

R v London Borough of Merton ex parte Sembi [2000] 32 HLR 439; (1999) COD 417 : Times, June 9, 1999
01.01.2010
Judicial review - Local Government - Housing The respondent had not failed to comply with its duty under s.193 Housing Act 1996 by reason of the delay in finding suitable long-term....

Mayor & Burgesses of The London Borough of Camden v Mallett (Michael), Mallett (Sarah) [2001] 33 HLR 204, LTL 17/3/2000 Court of Appeal
01.01.2010
Housing - Local Government In making out a claim for an order for possession under Ground 2A of Sch.2 Housing Act 1985, a landlord had to show that the violence, or....

R V Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council, Ex Parte Lawrie Plantation Services Ltd, House Of Lords (1999) 1 WLR 1415 : (1999) 3 All ER 929 : (2000) 79 P & CR 467 : (1999) EGCS 100 : Times, July 12, 1999
01.01.1999
Mark Lowe QC and Tom Cosgrove were instructed by the planning authority in this case in the House of Lords. This case considered whether a company's use of flats to....

News

Silk Day 2017
13.02.2017
Matt Hutchings, Paul Shadarevian and Tom Cosgrove have been formally appointed Queen's Counsel following a ceremony at Westminster earlier today. Click here for further information on their appointments. ....

Journal of Planning & Environment Law
25.01.2017
James Findlay QC, Tom Cosgrove and Ashley Bowes have written articles for the latest edition of the Journal of Planning & Environment Law. James has co-written an article on housing delivery....

Cornerstone Barristers announces three new silks
12.01.2017
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to announce that Paul Shadarevian, Matt Hutchings and Tom Cosgrove are to be appointed Queen's Counsel. Paul Shadarevian has extensive expertise across all areas of planning law,....

The Planner - DECC rejects NSIP wind farm in Wales
24.11.2015
Tom Cosgrove is quoted in an article in The Planner on the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse development consent for an onshore....

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....

Tom Cosgrove speaks at 2013 Surrey Planning Officers Seminar
23.05.2013
Tom Cosgrove delivered a paper on the 'The NPPF – the impact on decision – making' which considered what the implications of the government's  new planning policy had been for....

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

Tom is regarded as one of the leading practitioners in the field of renewable energy developments. He has advised in relation to several of the most significant renewable development proposals in England and Wales.

During 2013 and 2014 he was instructed to advise and appear in relation to one of the largest onshore wind farm inquiries in the UK, the Mid Wales conjoined Planning Inquiry. The inquiry lasted nearly a year and covered a range of key planning issues concerning renewable energy provision and policy, landscape and visual impacts, heritage assets, ecology, noise and transport impacts.

Cases

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project refused by Government
24.11.2015
The Government has refused an application for a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008's Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. The refusal is only the second instance of....

Cornerstone Barristers acts for successful local authority in securing the rejection of four onshore wind farms after Wales’s longest ever planning inquiry
09.09.2015

Four onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales have been rejected by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

....

Community Wind Farm Appeal Refused Because Of Heritage Impacts
16.03.2015
The Secretary of State has dismissed an appeal against the refusal by Bolsover District Council to grant planning permission for one of the largest ever community run windfarms in England.....

Community Wind Farm And Heritage Impacts – Roseland Windfarm, Derbyshire [2014]
02.11.2014
Tom Cosgrove appeared, during November 2014, on behalf of Bolsover District Council in this important public Inquiry which considered one of the largest 'community' wind farm proposals in England. The....

Garreg Lwyd Wind Farm [2014]
15.10.2014
Tom Cosgrove appeared, during October 2014, on behalf of Powys County Council at a public Inquiry considering a proposal for a 17 turbine scheme in a strategic search area as....

Mid Wales Conjoined Planning Inquiry [2013-14]
30.05.2014
The UK's biggest onshore wind farm public inquiry sat for a year during 2013/14. Wales' longest-ever planning inquiry has been considering proposals for five onshore wind farms and a 132kV....

Bedford BC V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2013] EWHC 2847 (Admin)
17.07.2013
In granting conditional planning permission for the erection of wind turbines, having found that their positive aspects outweighed the negative aspects, including any harm the development might cause to the....

Planning inspector refuses permission for 21 hectares of glasshouses: Economic growth does not trump environmental harm under NPPF
13.08.2012
Planning permission has been refused with partial costs for the erection of four industrial sized glasshouses in the Manhood Pensinsula, West Sussex following an inquiry in which Mary Cook acted....

Podington Wind Farm Inquiry, Bedford [2012]
07.01.2012
Inquiry concerning wind farm proposal in Bedford considering issues of landscape and visual impact, residential amenity, noise and heritage. Acted for the planning authority.....

Nun Wood Wind Farm Inquiry [2011]
07.07.2011
Tom Cosgrove was instructed by three planning authorities in relation to a wind farm proposal involving issues of landscape and heritage impact, noise and emerging national policy.....

Government nuclear policy and Nuclear Inspectorate concerns considered by Secretary of State in Call In Planning Decision
17.06.2011
The Secretary of State has announced his decision in relation to a call in planning inquiry, which took place between October 2010 and January 2011. He has allowed an application....

Bedford Windfarm proposal dismissed on appeal
04.03.2010
A proposed windfarm in Bedford has been rejected in an Appeal Decision issued in late February 2010 (ref: APP/K0235/A/09/2108506/NWF) following a planning inquiry. Tom Cosgrove was instructed by Bedford Borough Council....

News

The Planner - DECC rejects NSIP wind farm in Wales
24.11.2015
Tom Cosgrove is quoted in an article in The Planner on the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse development consent for an onshore....

Local Government Lawyer: Winds of change in Wales
02.11.2015
Clare Parry has authored an article considering the Department of Energy & Climate Change's decision to reject five onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales, following the UK's biggest....

Solicitors Journal - A long and winding road in Wales
27.10.2015
Tom Cosgrove has authored an article on the rejection of several wind farm applications in Wales, following the longest ever planning inquiry of its kind. Tom Cosgrove and Clare Parry acted....

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....

Journal of Planning Law 2017

2nd January 2017

Tom is the co-author of a paper in the Journal of Planning Law [2017] J.P.L. Issue 02 on 'Environmental Challenges and Opportunities'. The paper considers themes from relevant case law in the last year including Assessment of plans and programmes, the scope of the 'project', discretion and timing and habitats clarification.

The Planner: DECC rejects NSIP wind farm in Wales

23rd November 2015

Tom Cosgrove is quoted in an article in The Planner on the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse development consent for an onshore wind farm in Powys, Mid Wales. Tom, who acted for Powys County Council, notes the challenges inherent in cases involving complex European legislation concerning the environment.

Solicitors Journal: A long and winding road in Wales...

27th October 2015

Tom Cosgrove has authored an article on the rejection of several wind farm applications in Wales, following the longest ever planning inquiry of its kind.

Tom Cosgrove and Clare Parry acted for Powys County Council to oppose the wind farms.

Click here to read the article in full. 

Local Government Lawyer - Winds of change in Wales?

2nd October 2015

Clare Parry has authored an article considering the Department of Energy & Climate Change's decision to reject five onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales, following the UK's biggest onshore wind farm public inquiry which closed in May 2014. Clare Parry and Tom Cosgrove were instructed on behalf of Powys County Council to oppose the wind farms.

Click here to read the article in full. 

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.

Human Rights and Judicial Review

1st January 2002

Tom was the author of the local government section of 'Human Rights and Judicial Review' published by Butterworths Tolley.

  • Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Deputy Commissary for Public Notaries (2017-)
  • Citizenship Foundation Bar Mock Trial working Party (2016-)
  • Member of Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee (2013-)

Case

East Hagbourne Inquiry – January 2017

13th February 2017

Tom Cosgrove acted for the local planning authority in relation a proposed major residential scheme in South Oxfordshire. The high-profile case involved issues of landscape and visual effects, and the....

News

Silk Day 2017

13th February 2017

Matt Hutchings, Paul Shadarevian and Tom Cosgrove have been formally appointed Queen's Counsel following a ceremony at Westminster earlier today. Click here for further information on their appointments. ....

News

Journal of Planning & Environment Law

25th January 2017

James Findlay QC, Tom Cosgrove and Ashley Bowes have written articles for the latest edition of the Journal of Planning & Environment Law. James has co-written an article on housing delivery....

News

Cornerstone Barristers announces three new silks

12th January 2017

Cornerstone Barristers is proud to announce that Paul Shadarevian, Matt Hutchings and Tom Cosgrove are to be appointed Queen's Counsel. Paul Shadarevian has extensive expertise across all areas of planning law,....

News

The Cornerstone Planning Team goes from strength to strength

12th January 2017

The appointment of Planning Team members Paul Shadarevian and Tom Cosgrove to QC is the latest in a series of exciting developments for the team this year. The addition of....

Case

Land North off Ryme Road, Yetminster Inquiry (Ref. No. APP/F1230/W/16/3145484)

7th November 2016

Tom Cosgrove acted for the appellant, Gladman Developments Ltd, at the inquiry which concerned a major residential proposal in West Dorset. The case involved issues of landscape impacts, transport and....

Case

Chilton Inquiry (Ref: APP/V3120/W/16/3153209)

1st November 2016

Tom Cosgrove acted for the successful planning authority at this public inquiry concerning a major residential development in the AONB. The case considered the approach to defining major development in....

News

Planning Court Upholds rare refusal of NSIP

24th October 2016

The High Court has upheld a very rare refusal of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Proposal (NSIP) by the government. On the 19th October 2016, in R. (on the application of....

News

Local Government Lawyer - Book Review - Cornerstone on the Planning Court

18th May 2016

Local Government Lawyer has published a review of Cornerstone on the Planning Court; the first guide of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which....

Case

High Court rejects judicial review challenge by the French Government

27th November 2015

In a judgment handed down by the Planning Court on the 27th November 2015 Mr Justice Holgate has rejected an attempt by the French Government to judicially review planning decisions....

News

The Planner - DECC rejects NSIP wind farm in Wales

24th November 2015

Tom Cosgrove is quoted in an article in The Planner on the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse development consent for an onshore....

Case

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project refused by Government

24th November 2015

The Government has refused an application for a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008's Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. The refusal is only the second instance of....

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....

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French Government bring judicial review in the Planning Court

12th November 2015

The French Government is seeking to block the building of a mega-basement intended to house a collection of vintage cars, the High Court has heard

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Local Government Lawyer: Winds of change in Wales

2nd November 2015

Clare Parry has authored an article considering the Department of Energy & Climate Change's decision to reject five onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales, following the UK's biggest....

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Solicitors Journal - A long and winding road in Wales

27th October 2015

Tom Cosgrove has authored an article on the rejection of several wind farm applications in Wales, following the longest ever planning inquiry of its kind. Tom Cosgrove and Clare Parry acted....

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Planning Court Quashes Grant of Residential Planning Permission after Council failed lawfully to address issues of noise and heritage

9th September 2015

Obar Camden Limited v The London Borough of Camden [2015] EWHC 2475 (Admin)

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Cornerstone Barristers acts for successful local authority in securing the rejection of four onshore wind farms after Wales’s longest ever planning inquiry

9th September 2015

Four onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales have been rejected by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

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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.

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Inspector upholds a disaggregated approach to housing land supply and neighbourhood plan policies in dismissing planning appeal

19th June 2015

In a decision issued on the 17th June 2015, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State has, following a planning inquiry, dismissed an appeal made against a decision by South Oxfordshire District Council to refuse planning permission for a residential development

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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....

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Community Wind Farm Appeal Refused Because Of Heritage Impacts

16th March 2015

The Secretary of State has dismissed an appeal against the refusal by Bolsover District Council to grant planning permission for one of the largest ever community run windfarms in England.....

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Coggeshall Co-Op Inquiry [2012]

16th March 2015

Tom acted on behalf of the Co-op in this planning inquiry relating to retail development. The inquiry covered several planning issues including retail impact, design, heritage, highway impact and parking....

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Nyton Road Inquiry - Planning Permission Secured On Appeal For Large Scale Residential Scheme

23rd February 2015

In an Appeal Decision issued on the 23rd February 2015, planning permission has been granted for a residential development of 268 houses on 12 hectares of green field land/countryside in....

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Stratford Upon Avon Core Strategy Examination - January 2015

22nd January 2015

Tom Cosgrove appeared, during January 2015, on behalf Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes at the Stratford Upon Avon Core Strategy Examination. The Examination considered a range of issues including housing....

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Residential Scheme In West Sussex Considered At Inquiry [2014]

3rd November 2014

Tom Cosgrove appeared, during November 2014, on behalf of the appellant, Land Fund Ltd, at a major planning inquiry which considered an appeal against a refusal of a scheme for....

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Community Wind Farm And Heritage Impacts – Roseland Windfarm, Derbyshire [2014]

2nd November 2014

Tom Cosgrove appeared, during November 2014, on behalf of Bolsover District Council in this important public Inquiry which considered one of the largest 'community' wind farm proposals in England. The....

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Garreg Lwyd Wind Farm [2014]

15th October 2014

Tom Cosgrove appeared, during October 2014, on behalf of Powys County Council at a public Inquiry considering a proposal for a 17 turbine scheme in a strategic search area as....

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Residential Inquiry In Surrey – Site Not Sustainable Because Of Flood Risk [2014]

27th June 2014

In a decision issued on the 25th June 2014 a planning inspector has dismissed an appeal by Charles Church Developments Ltd made under section 78 of the Town and Country....

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Mid Wales Conjoined Planning Inquiry [2013-14]

30th May 2014

The UK's biggest onshore wind farm public inquiry sat for a year during 2013/14. Wales' longest-ever planning inquiry has been considering proposals for five onshore wind farms and a 132kV....

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Bedford BC V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2013] EWHC 2847 (Admin)

17th July 2013

In granting conditional planning permission for the erection of wind turbines, having found that their positive aspects outweighed the negative aspects, including any harm the development might cause to the....

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Village Green Inquiry – Land At Walton, Essex [2013]

18th June 2013

Tom appeared on behalf of the landowner in this village green inquiry held in November 2012. The inquiry covered a range of aspects of recent Village Green statute and caselaw,....

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Tom Cosgrove speaks at 2013 Surrey Planning Officers Seminar

23rd May 2013

Tom Cosgrove delivered a paper on the 'The NPPF – the impact on decision – making' which considered what the implications of the government's  new planning policy had been for....

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GDC v M [January 2013]

22nd January 2013

Tom Cosgrove appeared on behalf of the GDC in a case concerning dishonest financial claims from the NHS by a dentist.

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Planning inspector refuses permission for 21 hectares of glasshouses: Economic growth does not trump environmental harm under NPPF

13th August 2012

Planning permission has been refused with partial costs for the erection of four industrial sized glasshouses in the Manhood Pensinsula, West Sussex following an inquiry in which Mary Cook acted....

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GDC v De Vivo [July 2012]

18th July 2012

Tom Cosgrove appeared for the GDC in a long and complex case concerning clinical care. The dentist was found guilty of misconduct, but in light of the remediation he had....

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GDC v Ferreira [May 2012]

3rd May 2012

Tom Cosgrove appeared for the GDC in this case which involved consideration of serious and complex clinical failings by a dentist in relation to 18 patients over period of three....

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Interim Orders in Healthcare Regulation and the approach of the Administrative Court to Delay

12th April 2012

In an article published in the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers Spring Bulletin Tom Cosgrove and Zoe Whittington consider the approach of the Administrative Court in dealing with the....

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General Dental Council v Mokotjo [2012]

1st March 2012

Tom Cosgrove appeared for the GDC in this case involving serious and extensive breaches of dental standards by a practitioner relating to clinical care and conduct towards a patient. The....

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Springfield Road Inquiry, Surrey [2012]

7th January 2012

Inquiry concerning residential development proposal in AONB covering issues of traffic impact, and impact on a listed building and setting. Tom appeared for the planning authority.....

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Podington Wind Farm Inquiry, Bedford [2012]

7th January 2012

Inquiry concerning wind farm proposal in Bedford considering issues of landscape and visual impact, residential amenity, noise and heritage. Acted for the planning authority.....

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Easton Farm Glasshouse Inquiry, West Sussex [2012]

7th January 2012

Forthcoming inquiry (March 2012) considering proposal for 21 hectare glasshouse development in countryside. Issues involve highways, landscape impact and countryside. Instructed by the planning authority.....

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Land at Wexham Street Inquiry South Buckinghamshire [2011]

7th September 2011

Tom appeared on behalf of the planning authority in this inquiry relating to a proposed parking facility and concerning in particular green belt policy and highway safety issues.

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Nun Wood Wind Farm Inquiry [2011]

7th July 2011

Tom Cosgrove was instructed by three planning authorities in relation to a wind farm proposal involving issues of landscape and heritage impact, noise and emerging national policy.....

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General Chiropractic Council v Blokland & Clarke [2011]

1st July 2011

Tom Cosgrove appeared on behalf of the GCC in this conduct case concerning the correct approach to patient care.....

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Government nuclear policy and Nuclear Inspectorate concerns considered by Secretary of State in Call In Planning Decision

17th June 2011

The Secretary of State has announced his decision in relation to a call in planning inquiry, which took place between October 2010 and January 2011. He has allowed an application....

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Boundary Hall Site Inquiry, Hampshire [2011]

1st January 2011

Call in inquiry concerning a housing development near to the Ministry of Defence nuclear facility in Aldermaston. The high profile case involved consideration of the implications of government nuclear policy on....

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Boundary Hall Site Inquiry, Hampshire [2011]

1st January 2011

Call in inquiry concerning a housing development near to the Ministry of Defence nuclear facility in Aldermaston. The high profile case involved consideration of the implications of government nuclear policy on....

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Government nuclear policy and Nuclear Inspectorate objections considered at Call In Inquiry

24th November 2010

A call in planning inquiry, which opened in October, is considering an application to develop housing by Cala homes near to the MOD nuclear facility in Aldermaston in Hampshire. It....

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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....

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Tesco Inquiry, Ashtead, Surrey [2010]

7th June 2010

Inquiry considered issues of traffic impact, design and retail policy. Tom was instructed by the local planning authority into combined appeals by Tesco.....

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Bedford Windfarm proposal dismissed on appeal

4th March 2010

A proposed windfarm in Bedford has been rejected in an Appeal Decision issued in late February 2010 (ref: APP/K0235/A/09/2108506/NWF) following a planning inquiry. Tom Cosgrove was instructed by Bedford Borough Council....

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Downsview Nursery Inquiry, West Sussex [2010]

7th February 2010

Enforcement inquiry relating to continuity of use of residential property.....

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Royal Borough Of Kensington & Chelsea V Secretary Of State For Communities & Local Government [2010] EWCA Civ 1466

1st January 2010

Affordable housing – Planning Inspectors – Planning permission – Residential development A planning inspector had not erred in his approach to the issue of whether there should be provision for affordable....

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R v London Borough of Merton ex parte Sembi [2000] 32 HLR 439; (1999) COD 417 : Times, June 9, 1999

1st January 2010

Judicial review - Local Government - Housing The respondent had not failed to comply with its duty under s.193 Housing Act 1996 by reason of the delay in finding suitable long-term....

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Mayor & Burgesses of The London Borough of Camden v Mallett (Michael), Mallett (Sarah) [2001] 33 HLR 204, LTL 17/3/2000 Court of Appeal

1st January 2010

Housing - Local Government In making out a claim for an order for possession under Ground 2A of Sch.2 Housing Act 1985, a landlord had to show that the violence, or....

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Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2010] EWCA Civ 1466

1st January 2010

Affordable housing – Planning Inspectors – Planning permission – Residential development A planning inspector had not erred in his approach to the issue of whether there should be provision for affordable....

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General Dental Council conduct hearing - GDC v Walton [2011]

1st January 2010

Tom appeared for the General Dental Council in this high profile conduct hearing into the behaviour and approach of a dentist towards his staff and patients. On 3 March 2011 the....

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TRL site Inquiry, Crowthorne, Berkshire [2009]

7th February 2009

Major Inquiry concerning a large mixed use scheme (up to 975 units and a business park) and involved issues concerning the nearby SPA, transport impact, design, employment land provision and....

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Former Huyck site Inquiry, Kent [2009]

7th February 2009

Tom was instructed by the developer in a Call in inquiry concerning a large residential scheme near Canterbury. Case covered issues relating to housing policy, design, employment land uses and....

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Former Powergen Site Inquiry, Ashford [2008]

7th September 2008

Mark Lowe QC and Tom Cosgrove appeared on behalf of a developer in a major inquiry. The inquiry considered a 'trail blazing' mixed use proposal and covered a wide range....

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Secretary of State grants permission for a landmark sustainable development in Ashford, Kent

7th July 2008

On the 3rd July 2008 the Secretary of State granted outline planning permission to a developer for one of the largest mixed use zero carbon emission developments in the south....

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R (on the application of Jacqueline Tratt) v Horsham DC (Defendant) & Hutchinson 3G UK LTD (Interested Party) [2007] EWHC 1485 (Admin)

1st January 2007

Judicial review of a grant of planning permission for a telecommunications mast. Case concerned issues of how local planning authorities should address material planning considerations and the requirement to state....

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R V Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council, Ex Parte Lawrie Plantation Services Ltd, House Of Lords (1999) 1 WLR 1415 : (1999) 3 All ER 929 : (2000) 79 P & CR 467 : (1999) EGCS 100 : Times, July 12, 1999

1st January 1999

Mark Lowe QC and Tom Cosgrove were instructed by the planning authority in this case in the House of Lords. This case considered whether a company's use of flats to....

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....