36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082
5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
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
Advising upon and dealing with development proposals within a wide range of environmentally sensitive designations including AONB, SACs, Ramsar sites and conservation areas, including cases involving issues of sensitive design.
Enforcement appeals and environmental prosecutions, including in 2015 a prosecution of a noise abatement notice in respect of a clay pigeon shoot.
2016: Planning appeal at Public Inquiry in Stratford for housing in rural village raising impact on county level grassland habitat and the evaluation of mitigation proposals.
2015: Great Heck: advising local planning authorities on nationally publicised environmental concerns and enforcement issues arising from storage and management of waste at site in Yorkshire.
2015: Prosecuting a noise abatement notice breach in respect of clay pigeon shooting before the Lay Bench.
2014: Appeal inquiry for Magna Business Park (Poole) raising issues of nightjar habitat within SPA SAC and Ramsar and employment policy ( for LPA ).
2013: Enforcement appeal inquiry concerned with conversion works of barge hull to large houseboat on the foreshore of SSSI ,SAC and Ramsar at Hayling Island (Havant) (for LPA ).
R ( on the application of Gazelle Properties Ltd ) v BANES  EWHC 3127 (Admin).
Specialist practitioner in planning and environmental law in which Gary is an experienced advocate and adviser. Gary is experienced in bringing and defending challenges to planning and environmental decisions in the Planning Court. Instructions in 2016 and 2017 include resisting procedural, environmental and policy challenges to the grant of planning permission to a Rugby Club, drafting grounds of resistance in a Statutory Challenge on the LPA’s understanding of affordable housing policy and the bringing of a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State disagreeing with an Inspectors report on a major urban extension. Gary provides legal support to Plan Making Authorities including at EiP.
Gary has been instructed in a number of cases in the newly formed Planning Court, including successfully resisting a challenge by way of judicial review of the Lichfield Local Plan.
Gary has presented papers to specialist training events held by RTPI, NAPE, ACSeS, LLG and others and is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator.
Gary has a wide level of experience of government work from work on the AG’s Regional Panel and has experience of highways, land, environmental, enforcement, contractual and regulatory matters associated with planning and environmental law.
Year of Call: 1985
Areas of Expertise
- Public Law
Legal 500 2016
“ An excellent advocate with good interpersonal skills”
Legal 500 2015
"His advice is always concise, practical and solution-orientated”
Legal 500 2014
Member of PEBA
Attorney General’s Regional Panel 2002-2015
MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence
Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.