Philip Robson

Philip Robson


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:
Mark Ronson
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson


Philip has a broad planning and environmental practice. He acts for developers and local authorities throughout the country, at all stages of the process – preparation of applications, local plan examination, injunctions, prosecutions, inquiries and High Court appeals. 

This has included residential schemes, compulsory purchase orders and on a number of high profile and large-scale developments such as the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, school development, motorway service station, and a mixed use marina and hotel scheme.

He has been ranked as one of the top rated planning juniors in the country by Planning Resource Magazine, on the votes of solicitors and planning consultants from the private sector and local authority.

Philip also hosts the Kings Chambers Planning Podcast, an opportunity for leaders in the planning sector to discuss the key issues of the day. The podcasts can be found here, or downloaded from iTunes or other podcast services.

Year of Call: 2011





Oakham Road, Somerby – acting for Hazelton Homes for the construction of 32 dwellings.  Issues relating to flooding.

Land East of Gleneagles Way, Hatfield Peverel – Acting for David Wilson Homes on a called in appeal for the construction of up to 120 dwellings.  Issues relating to 5 year housing land supply and landscape.  Junior Counsel to Paul Tucker QC.

Land North of Ashby Road, Tamworth – called in appeal for the construction of up to 1000 homes.  Representing the Highways Authority focusing the operation of a monitor and manage scheme on highways issues.  Junior Counsel to Paul Tucker QC

Land South of West Land, Ripon – called in appeal for the construction of 390 houses involving issues relating to heritage assets, a World Heritage Site and 5 year housing land supply.

Steart Farm, Bideford– called in appeal for the construction of an academy school in the AONB.  Junior Counsel.

Knapp House Activity Centre, Bideford - mixed use development comprising marina, hotel, medical centre, food store, community hall, retail units/ café, care home/ dementia unit, assisted living units, up to 300 dwellings and 80 holiday dwelling.  The case involved issues of noise and viability. Junior Counsel.

High Ct

Forest of Dean DC v SOSCLG [2016] EWHC 421 (Admin) – key authority on the interpretation of NPPF §14 and footnote 9.

Jane Lewis v Bath and North East Somerset Council – Acting for the claimant, the Council consented to quash a grant of planning permission due to a misinterpretation of local plan policies and national policies on conservation areas.

Graham Lock v Worcester City Council – Acting for the claimant, the Council consented to judgment to quash a grant of planning permission due to a failure to take into account consultation responses and a misleading officer report.

Lingley Estates and Redrow Homes v Cheshire West and Chester Council – Junior Counsel to Vincent Fraser QC, permission refused on an claim related to the Council’s CIL Schedule.

West Dorset District Council v Allen – Acting for the Council, injunction proceedings with a grant of injunction and a subsequent committal for breach of the injunction with the defendant receiving a 3 month custodial sentence.

Advisory Work

Ongoing or previous advisory work involving:

  • The construction of a sport’s stadium
  • Motorway Service Station
  • Conditions relating to a planning permission for a salt pipeline
  • The EIA at the proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Promotion of schemes in the Green Belt


  • East West House, Sherborne.
  • Jarmany Hill, Somerton
  • The Retreat, Pibsbury





BVC, BPP Holborn

LLB (Hons), King’s College London

MSc, Birkbeck College, University of London

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