Giles Cannock

Planning & Environment


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Mark Ronson

Planning & Environment

All areas of planning and environmental law, with particular experience of promoting strategic housing sites where 5 year supply and/or needs assessment is in issue.  He is also a specialist in promoting schemes for older people (sheltered housing, assisted living and CCRC’s), as well as large and small scale renewable energy, retail, minerals and waste and CPO schemes. He undertakes work in relation to environmental law, particularly with regard to environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. Giles has successfully promoted many Local Plans at examination but also regularly appears for objectors at examination hearings. Giles accepts Instructions throughout England and Wales and in the Isle of Man.

Recent Significant Cases

  • Successfully promoted 450 homes at Cardale Park West, Harrogate (2015);
  • Successfully promoted 300 homes at Langford, Central Beds (2015);
  • Successfully promoted 25 units at Wincanton, despite a recently adopted CS (2015);
  • Successfully promoted 250 homes at Middleton St George, Darlington (2014);
  • Successfully promoted 250 homes at Knaresborough, Harrogate (2014);
  • Successfully promoted 45 homes at Carlton, Selby (2014);
  • Successfully promoted 300 homes at Horncastle (2014);
  • Successfully promoted residential development at Bradley Hall Trading Estate, Standish, Wigan (2014);
Specialist Housing for Older People:
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for 45 assisted living units in the Kings Lynn Conservation Area (2015);
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for 38 sheltered apartments in the Hunstanton Conservation Area (2014);
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for 42 sheltered apartments after the demolition of a listed building in Cromer (2014);
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for a Care home and specialist dementia unit in the Green Belt (Oldham Road, Delph);
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for 48 sheltered apartments after the demolition of a listed building on Sketty Road, Swansea;
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for 36 sheltered apartments in Egham;
  • Planning permission granted on appeal for 60 sheltered apartments on Alexandra Road, Watford.
  • Promoted a large windfarm at Llanbrynmair, Powys for RES UK & Ireland Ltd, a part of a large co-joined Inquiry into renewable schemes in Mid-Wales (2014);
  • Successfully promoted 19 wind turbines on land adjacent to the M56 (Frodsham and Helsby) for Peel Energy (2013);
  • Currently advising Lancashire County Council on a range of issues concerning fracking on a number of sites;
  • Acted at windfarm inquiries (for both LPA’s and developers) at inter alia the following sites: (i) Long Furlong, Catesby, (ii) Seamer and Hilton; (iii) Newlands, Carlisle (iv) Oxford Airport etc;
  • Successfully objected to the Canataxx Gas Storage Inquiry, Wyre (2005/6);
  • Successfully promoted the King Street Energy Gas Storage scheme (and 58km pipeline);
  • Objected to the Byley Gas Storage scheme;
  • Advised UU on a large number of appeals concerning Consents of Discharge to Controlled Waters for United Utilities;
  • Successfully promoted a Drought Order for the abstraction of water from Lake Windermere for United Utilities;

Giles has acted at the following retail Inquiries:

  • Land North of Eastway, Preston (2015);
  • Shipston on Stour (2014);
  • Bude (2014);
  • Successfully promoted a retail superstore for Peel Holdings at Trafford Park;
  • Successfully promoted a retail superstore at Peel Centre, Wolverhampton;
  • Successfully promoted changes of use at the Bath Road Retail Park, Brislington;
  • Newport Retail Inquiry (2013);
  • Asda, Hope Street, Todmorden (2013);
  • Tesco, Huddersfield (2011);
  • Successfully promoted Aldi, Whitchurch at Appeal (2009) and Nantwich (2010);
  • Kingsgate Retail Inquiry, Huddersfield Town Centre (2008);
  • Promoted the opencast extraction of coal, with restoration to a mixed use development at Quarrington;
  • Objected to the extraction of high quality sand and gravel at Euxton, Chorley;
  • Objected to the Carters Fold East Opencast site, St Helens;
  • Objected to the Newton Lane Opencast site, Newton Lane, Ledsham;
Waste and Recycling:

Giles has recently secured permission for a number of controversial and significant waste transfer/scrap metal schemes at the following locations:

  • Makerfield Way, Wigan (2014);
  • Redruth, Cornwall (2014);
  • Everite Road, Widnes (2014).
Local Plans:
  • Promoted the Salford UDP;
  • Promoted a retail superstore as an objection site in the Black Country JCS (2010);
  • Objected to the IoM Southern plan (2011);
  • Promoted objection housing sites at the EiP into the Wigan UDP (2012/13);
  • Successfully promoted the St Helens Core Strategy (2012);
  • Giles has recently successfully promoted the Lichfield Local Plan at the EiP and defended a statutory challenge to its adoption (2015)

I M Properties v Lichfield DC, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes [2015] EWHC 2077 (Admin)  - Green Belt, Bias, SEA/SA and scope of Main Modifications
Currently advising on the Liverpool Local Plan and the St Helens ADPD (2015).

Airports and Airfields:
  • Acted for a Consortium of Regional Airports into the development of Doncaster Finningley Airport;
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on Liverpool Airport’s Masterplan;
  • Acted for the LPA in respect of noise abatement notices served on Elvington Airfield;
  • Appeared for the LPA at Inquiries into 17 EN’s served at Bagby Airfield, over 4 Inquiries;
  • Advised on the redevelopment of Blackpool Airport, resulting in the grant of a residential planning permission;
  • Advised on the redevelopment of Wolverhampton Business Airport;
  • Advised on the lawful use of Llanbedr Airfield;
Compulsory Purchase Orders/Valuation:
  • Promoted Wellington Works CPO, Ashton under Lyne;
  • Promoted Langworthy CPO, Salford;
  • Promoted Great Clowes Street CPO, Salford;
  • Objected to the Chapel Street CPO, Salford;
  • Objected to the City of Manchester (Corbett Street) CPO (2011);
  • Nextdom (Liverpool) Ltd v Sefton MBC [2015] – valuation of contaminated former tannery site at May 2008;
Others including:
  • Newclose Properties Ltd v Ribble Valley BC and the Standen Estate [2015] – successfully defended LPA’s decision to grant permission for their strategic site of 1100 homes at Standen;
  • R (BDW Trading (trading as Barratt Homes)) v Cheshire West and Chester Council and others [2014] EWHC 1470 (Admin) - neighbourhood planning;
  • Metacre Ltd v SoS CLG [2011] EWHC 2271 – statutory challenge to refusal of planning permission by SoS;
  • Hambleton DC v Adams, Greathead, Malloy etc [2014] – application for an injunction to prevent anticipated breach of planning control;
  • Martin Scott v Hambleton DC [2014] – statutory challenge to the SoS’s decision to uphold enforcement notices at Bagby Airfield;
  • Whitfield Homes v SoS CLG [2014] – successfully challenged Inspector’s refusal of planning permission;
  • Bagshaw v Wyre [2014] EWHC 508 (admin) – successfully challenged LPA’s grant of permission;

Giles accepts Instructions to appear as an advocate at inquiries into applications to register land as a Village Green. He is also regularly instructed by Registration Authorities to sit as an Inspector at Inquiries and to report to the Authority with recommendations. He undertakes Court work in relation to Judicial Reviews.

Significant Cases

  • Successfully opposed an application to register land known as Church Fields, Ramsbottom for Peel Holdings (2014);
  • Successfully opposed an application to register the Dixie Dean Playing Fields in Liverpool as a TVG;
  • Successfully opposed an application to register the Clubmoor Rec in Liverpool as a TVG;
  • Successfully opposed an application to register the Wyncote Sports Ground as a TVG;
  • Acted as the Inspector at the Crossley Estate TVG Inquiry, Chadderton, Oldham;
  • Acted as the Inspector at the Land of Lister Close, Featherstone TVG Inquiry, Chadderton, Oldham.

Giles practises in all areas of Highway Law. Such work is advisory, at Inquiry and in Court. He has promoted road schemes for Local Highway Authorities.  He has also recently objected to a DCO promoting an extension to the A14 and to the Mottram-Hollingworth Bypass (for the Peak District National Park Authority). He also acts in relation to definitive map modification orders (promoting and objecting).

Significant Cases

  • Appeared for Lafarge Tarmac objecting to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement scheme (DCO) in 2015;
  • Successfully objected to the A57/A628 Mottram/Tintwistle Bypass and Glossop Spur (for the Peak District National Park Authority);
  • Promoted A595 de-trunking for Carlisle County Council;

Giles undertakes work in relation to local authority decision-making, duties, powers and structures, particularly in areas connected with the above areas of expertise. He is also Junior Treasury Counsel, regularly instructed to defend decisions of the Secretary of State.

Significant Cases:

  • Siraj Harrogate BC v SoS CLG [2013] – successfully defended SoS decision to refuse planning permission on Appeal;


Giles is one of the highest ranked Planning Barristers in the country (non-silk). He has spent his entire practising career with Kings Chambers. He is a very well-regarded planning specialist, undertaking advisory work, appearing at Inquiries and the Courts at all levels.  He represents developers and local authorities in relation to major housing schemes, significant renewable energy schemes (wind farms, underground storage of gas, fracking etc), infrastructure projects, retail development, enforcement and CPO’s.

Year of Call: 1998


Legal 500 2017

‘He is very sharp and speaks the client’s language.’

Chambers UK 2017

"He is very thorough and thinks a lot about a case in terms of strategy and getting the detail right. On the professional side the quality of his work is exemplary, and he is assertive and firm, but not aggressive. He is very good with clients, and is a good team player as he gets the best out of people." "A bright, strong advocate, very good on tactics in difficult judicial review cases." 

Chambers UK 2016

"He is hard-working, enthusiastic, and takes care to understand the fine detail of the issues. His advice is always very sound, pragmatic and with an awareness of commercial considerations and implications. He is also an excellent team leader." "A trusted and reliable advocate."

Chambers UK 2015

“His preparation's second to none in my view. His attention to detail is brilliant." "He's excellent. He gets to grips with things very quickly, he's a good team player and he punches above his weight for his years."

Chambers UK 2014

"He is a good advocate who was always on top of his material." "Giles Cannock is very sound in both his preparation and advice on planning cases; he's good in presentation and cross-examination."

Chambers UK 2013

Giles Cannock is "an outstanding advocate who takes a grip of things. Usually there are a lot of people involved in a lot of different offices, so it helps when someone can take things by the scruff of the neck." Cannock's expertise is wide-ranging, and includes airport development, highways, enforcement, CPO, retail, housing and energy infrastructure matters.

Chambers UK 2012

Giles Cannock is an established name in the energy planning sector, with one source deeming him "a smooth operator who works exceptionally hard."

Legal 500 2011

"one of the best young barristers around"


Planning and Environmental Bar Association

Northern Circuit

North Eastern Circuit


Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)


MA (Cantab) – Emmanuel College, Cambridge

LLM Master of Law (Cantab) – Environmental Law and Policy: First Class


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