Sarah Reid

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

Planning Inquiries and Hearings, Enforcement Inquiries, Planning Prosecutions, Examination Hearings into Local Plans, Definitive Map Modification Order inquiries, Statutory Challenges, Judicial Review.

Significant cases

Advising and representing McCarthy and Stone in respect of numerous sites throughout England and Scotland, and appearing on their behalf at various appeals (including at Wokingham, Frome and Grantham). Sarah is one of a select panel of barristers regularly instructed by McCarthy and Stone.

Representing Gladman Developments Ltd in respect of numerous housing appeals for schemes on greenfield sites in sensitive areas, including:

  • Successfully obtaining consent for 95 units on land at Tutshill, Forest of Dean, and successfully challenging the Council’s OAN and 5 year supply;
  • Successfully challenging the Council’s OAN and 5 year supply, and obtaining a costs award against Forest of Dean Council, in an appeal relating to Land at Huntley, Forest of Dean;
  • Obtaining a positive recommendation for approval from the planning inspector in a recovered inquiry for a scheme for 180 units on land at Coleford, Gloucestershire;
  • Obtaining planning permission for 150 units on land at Grimsargh, Preston, and successfully challenging the Council’s 5 year supply notwithstanding the very recent adoption of Preston’s Local Plan;
  • Successfully advising on representations submitted in respect of a Neighbourhood Plan at Sandbach, Cheshire.
  • Representing Gladman Developments Ltd on a number of other matters, including a scheme for 80 units at Tysoe, Stratford upon Avon, and a scheme for 110 units at Bicknacre, Essex.

Successfully representing Blue Cedar Homes in respect of a scheme for specialist accommodation for the elderly in Kingston Bagpuize, and successfully arguing that no affordable housing contribution should be made on the basis of scheme viability.

Advising IOME/Shoprite in their claim that the planning decision of the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture (IOM) was procedurally unfair, and failed to take into account considerations material to retail policy.

Successfully representing Shropshire Council in their opposition to the demolition of “The Stew”, an unlisted building in a Conservation Area dating from the 1700s.

Representing Cheshire West and Chester Council in the Examination Hearings into their Local Plan (Part One) Strategic Policies (Junior Counsel to Stephen Sauvain QC).

Representing Durham Council in the Examination Hearings into the County Durham Plan (Strategic Policies).

Representing Blackpool Council in a Compulsory Purchase Order Inquiry to acquire land for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Tyldesley Road area of Blackpool.

Successfully representing Salford City Council in their opposition to a waste treatment and recovery scheme (including MRF, AD and gassification facilities) at Green Lane, Salford (Junior Counsel to David Manley QC).

Promoting a large wind farm in a sensitive part of Oxfordshire (Fewcott, Oxfordshire) (Junior Counsel to Paul Tucker QC).

Representing North Yorkshire County Council in their opposition to a scheme involving arguments on Enabling Development and the impact of Minerals Development on a group of significant heritage assets.

Successfully representing the lead objector in a Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry relating to the acquisition of land for the comprehensive regeneration of the Benwell Scotswood area of Newcastle.

Successfully representing the lead objector in a called in inquiry into a scheme for the comprehensive regeneration of the New Brighton waterfront, Wirral.

Representing Stoke On Trent City Council in a called in inquiry for a new Wedgwood Hotel, Stoke on Trent.

Successfully representing Kirklees Council in a called in inquiry for a retirement village in the Green Belt.

Representing West Lancashire District Council in an inquiry into Enabling Development to restore the first Roman Catholic Seminary built in England since the Reformation.


Reported Cases

R (on the application of O'Brien) v West Lancashire Borough Council [2012] EWHC 2376.

R (on the application of Yorkcourt Properties Ltd) v Wakefield MBC [2010] EWHC 2394 (Admin) (Junior Counsel to Vincent Fraser QC).

West Lancashire Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2009] EWHC 3631.

Horner v Lancashire County Council [2007] EWCA 784 (Junior Counsel to Miss Frances Patterson QC).

Samuel Smiths Old Brewery (Tadcaster) v Secretary of State, Selby District Council and UK Coal [2008] EWHC 1313 (Admin) (Junior Counsel to Miss Frances Patterson QC).


Sarah practices in all areas of Town and Country Planning. She regularly appears for developer, local authority and private clients in Planning Inquiries and Hearings, Enforcement Inquiries, Compulsory Purchase Inquiries, Planning Prosecutions and Development Plan Examination Hearings.

Sarah has extensive experience across the full range of planning matters including housing applications, employment land applications, renewable energy applications, applications concerning heritage assets, advertising and enforcement matters and compulsory purchase.

Sarah regularly advises and appears in statutory challenges and Judicial Review proceedings, and has appeared in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Sarah practices in the field of Highways Law, including advisory work and appearances at Public Path and Definitive Map Modification Order Inquiries. She is a Contributor to the Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice.

Sarah is instructed by the Treasury Solicitor as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel).


"She is one of the most thorough lawyers that I have ever come across. She is extremely good on matters of detail and fact, very insightful when it comes to the law and someone who manages to put the most complex of matters in ways that clients understand."

"She shows a very great attention to detail and is very, very focused”.

 “She is very good at motivating and is a good leader of a team." 

"Attracts plentiful praise".

"She is noted for her expert strategy and effective advocacy style".

Chambers UK 2016

"She is extremely dedicated and motivated, and meticulous in how she goes about things."

"I would pick her out: she is very effective."

Year of Call: 2004


Areas of Expertise
  • Administrative & Public Law and Local Government
  • Licensing
  • Planning & Environment

Planning and Environmental Bar Association

Northern and North Eastern Circuit


Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)


Planning and Environmental Bar Association

Northern and North Eastern Circuit

LLB Law with Hispanic Law (First Class), University College London.

Hurst Prize, Andrews Prize, Simmonds prize, UCL Dean's List (University College London).

Diploma in Spanish Law, La Universidad de Carlos III, Madrid.

BVC (Outstanding - ranked 1st in the year), College of Law, London.

Lord Denning Scholarship, Megarry Scholarship, Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn).

University Tutor, Property I, University College London 2003 – 2004.

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