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Clerked by:William Brown
Public law challenges emerging from planning disputes. Recent instructions include resisting judicial review proceedings of LPA decisions not to take enforcement action and grant planning permission in respect of equestrian uses in Oxfordshire, Challenge to a Committees consideration of para 32 NPPF, resisting judicial review of use of Housing Act CPO powers and resisting judicial review of a decision to recommend main modifications to a Local Plan and consideration of the ambit of s113 of PPCA 2004.
Significant Reported Cases
2017: Bringing judicial review proceedings against the SSCLG for LPA in context of decision disagreeing with Inspector on a major urban extension at Lichfield. Raises issues of disregarding material considerations, policy interpretation and reasons.
2017 : Resisting application for permission to proceed by way of judicial review of Committee decision to grant permission for Rugby Club raising procedural, ecological and policy issues.
2016 : Drafting grounds of resistance for LPA on meaning of affordable housing policy in context of issue on aggregation of proposals. The case was successfully defended by the Secretary of State in New Dawn Homes Ltd v SSCLG  3314.
2016 : Advising and drafting Pre- action in a case against the LPA involving procedural failings and misinterpretation of policy.
2015: Resisting judicial review proceedings (x2) of decision not to take enforcement action in respect of equestrian uses and impacts ( Planning Court sitting in Birmingham ).
2014: Judicial review proceedings on behalf of Claimant (led by Paul Tucker QC ) challenging a planning committees consideration of para 32 of NPPF.
2014: Resisting judicial review of decision to proceed with the execution of compulsory purchase of property under Housing Act powers ( for Derby Council - Planning Court sitting in Leeds ).
2014: Resisting judicial review of decision to recommend main modifications to the Lichfield Local Plan involving the release of land from the Green Belt and consideration of the ambit of the statutory ouster under section 113 of PPCA 2004 reported at  EWHC 2440 (Admin).
2013: s288 challenge on behalf of Woking Borough concerning inspector’s misinterpretation of Green Belt policy.
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.