36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
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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
Planning & Environment
All areas of planning and environmental law, with particular experience of housing where 5 year supply and /or needs assessment is in issue, renewable energy, retail, minerals and waste. He also undertakes work in relation to environmental law, particularly with regard to environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. Martin has promoted many Local Plans at examination and also appears for objectors at examination hearings. He also practises in the field of compulsory purchase. Martin accepts Instructions throughout England and Wales and in the Isle of Man.
Significant Reported Cases:
R (Larkfleet Homes Limited) v Rutland County Council  EWHC 4095 (Admin) [neighbourhood planning].
Gladman Developments Limited v Wokingham Borough Council  EWHC 2320 (Admin)[Local Plan challenge].
R (BDW Trading (trading as Barratt Homes)) v Cheshire West and Chester Council and others  EWHC 1470 (Admin) [neighbourhood planning]
Hargreaves v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another  EWHC 1999 (Admin);  Env LR 9  JPL 134 [Habitats Directive]
R (Woolley) v Cheshire East Borough Council  EWHC 1227 (Admin)[European Protected Species]
Martin accepts Instructions to appear as 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 inquiry and to report to the Authority with recommendations. He undertakes Court work in relation to Judicial Reviews on such matters and has appeared in the Supreme Court in a leading case on the proper interpretation of section 14 of the Commons Registration Act 1965.
Significant Reported Cases
Paddico (267) Limited v Kirklees Metropolitan Council  AC 1072;  2 WLR 300;  1 P&CR 24;  JPL 745.
Martin practises in all areas of Highway Law. Such work is advisory, at inquiry and in Court, and he has promoted road schemes, including motorway improvements for the Highways Agency. He regularly advises in relation to stopping up, diversion and the creation of public highways and the existence and extent of the highway authority’s duty to maintain the highway.
Significant Reported Cases
R (on the application of Spice) v Leeds City Council  All ER (D) 391 Feb [scope of sections 116 and 117 of the Highways Act 1980].
Martin undertook his pupillage at Kings Chambers and has spent his entire practicing career with chambers. He undertakes advisory work and appears at inquiries and the Courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court.
Year of Call: 1992
Areas of Expertise
- Administrative and Local Government
- Planning & Environment
Chambers UK 2017:
"He works hard for clients and takes a pragmatic approach." "He is considered and calm, with a good eye for detail and sound judgement."
Chambers UK 2016:
"Unflappable and completely focused when under the ultimate pressure." "A robust advocate who is very unpretentious and user-friendly."
Chambers UK 2015:
"He's well respected and rightly so - he has a really good balanced and analytical approach to things." "He's very personable and he's got an easy style - he's not an aggressive, in-your-face barrister. He's very user-friendly."
Chambers UK 2014:
“He is unflappable. Someone whose judgment is sound”
Chambers UK 2013:
Martin Carter receives clients praise for "commanding respect - his opinion is always listened to," whilst solicitors laud him for being "very good to work with, as he is laid-back and easy-going, but still very focused." Carter's practice is built on all aspects of town and country planning, including issues relating to compulsory purchase, highways, towns and village greens.
Chambers UK 2010:
Martin Carter has built up a sound reputation in all areas of planning and environmental issues, particularly those concerning wind farms.
Chambers UK 2009:
"Sound and Practical," Martin Carter is recognised for his advice on town and village green applications. New to the tables this year, Martin Carter also deals with highway law, CPOs and inquiries into developments involving a wide number of sectors.
Chambers UK 2008:
Martin is recommended for Planning, which states that "he treats people with respect, has a good understanding of the law and is very effective."
Planning and Environmental Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
North Eastern Circuit
Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)
MA (Oxon) BA (Oxon) Jurisprudence [First Class]