36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
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5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
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Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123
Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570
Clerked by:William Brown
Alan has a wide-ranging planning practice on both the advocacy and advisory side. He has been involved in numerous significant planning inquiries for all kinds of development. Alan represented Lancashire County Council in an important, controversial and high profile fracking inquiry (the first of its kind) in 2016. The recent emphasis in his appeal work has been on housing. He has considerable experience of the full range of planning procedures including section 78 appeals (both inquiries and hearings), called-in applications, enforcement appeals and local plan examinations. Alan is an experienced judicial review practitioner in this area. He acts for developers and local authorities.
Recent Significant Reported Cases
Kebbell Developments v Leeds City Council  EWHC 2664 (Admin): whether a neighbourhood plan can proceed to referendum when in tension with a local plan.
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) v Selby DC  EWCA Civ 1107 (Court of Appeal): whether the plan-making duty to co-operate applies after submission of a plan for examination.
Larkfleet v Rutland County Council  EWCA Civ 597 (Court of Appeal): whether neighhourhood plans can make allocations.
Town and village greens
Alan has great experience of town and village green work and also undertakes commons work. In addition to his advocacy and advisory practice, Alan often acts for registration authorities in the role of an independent inspector holding non-statutory inquiries into applications for new greens followed by the production of careful and thorough reports with clear recommendations.
Recent Significant Reported Cases
Naylor v Essex CC  JPL 217: whether use can be “as of right” where privately owned land is managed by a local authority
Norbrook Laboratories Ltd v Carlisle CC  EWHC 1113 (Admin): whether public rights of access to common land survive the extinction of rights of common.
Highways, public rights of way and road traffic regulation
Alan has a broad expertise across the totality of these related areas. His wide experience here has included the promotion of road schemes for both the Highways Agency (as was) and local authorities at inquiry, appearance in definitive map modification order inquiries (both promoting and objecting), appearance in stopping up cases (both inquiries and magistrates’ court hearings) and appearance at inquiries into road traffic regulation orders. Alan has an extensive advisory practice in this specialist field.
Alan has significant experience in promoting compulsory purchase orders and is currently advising two North West local authorities on CPO schemes.
Significant Reported Cases
Bhattacharjee v Blackburn with Darwen BC  RVR 55 – limitation in connection with compulsory purchase compensation.
Alan specialises in planning, town and village greens, highways, public rights of way and road traffic regulation, and compulsory purchase orders. He has extensive experience and expertise across these areas and his practice embraces the full range of inquiry and hearing processes, a significant judicial review component and the role of an inspector in relation to town and village greens. In addition to advocacy, Alan also has a wide-ranging advisory practice in his specialist fields. Alan acts for both the public and private sector and accepts licensed access work.
Year of Call: 1978
Areas of Expertise
- Town and village greens
- Highways, public rights of way and road traffic regulation
- Compulsory purchase
Planning and Environment Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association.
Former Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel) (2000-2013)
Former member of the Panel of Legal Assessors for the General Medical Council (2002-2014)
Former Lecturer in Law at Manchester University (1978-1985).
MA LLB (Cantab) (both first class honours).