AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
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.
He has been consistently ranked as one of the top rated planning juniors in the country.
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
Philip has built a practice representing and advising local planning authorities, developers and rule 6 parties in all areas of planning law.
Philip has appeared in a significant number of inquiries and hearings, covering a range of key issues including housing land supply, noise, landscape, highways, heritage and flooding.
Some recent examples include:
Alongside a busy appeals practice, Philip regularly advises developers, land promoters and LPAs on issues relating to residential schemes. This includes strategic advice relating to the preparation of applications with issues relating to Green Belt, local plan development and linked infrastructure.
Philip has acted on appeal and advised on a number of large mixed use schemes, involving retail, care homes, employment uses, for local authorities and developers.
Recent examples include:
Sports and Leisure
Philip has experience advising on news sports and leisure developments and on the development on existing sports sites. This has included advising on:
Philip has a busy enforcement practice advising and appearing at appeals for land owners and LPAs. This has included a number of cases relating to caravan sites, change of use, unauthorized development.
Philip also has experience in agent of change cases relating to the impact of new development on existing businesses.
Philip has experience bringing and defending proceedings in the Planning Court, covering a broad spectrum of legal issues involving grants of planning permission, appeal decisions, and enforcement and injunctions.
Newey v South Hams DC  EWHC 1872 (Admin) – concerning the application of the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 to the decision to discharge a planning condition.
Forest of Dean DC v SOSCLG  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 – Acting for the defendant in a claim against the adoption of the Council’s CIL schedule. The claim was dismissed at an oral renewal hearing.
Philip has a growing practice in compulsory purchase, infrastructure and energy. He has been involved in a number of projects, both large and small.
Philip recently produced a paper on the role for renewables in the economic recovery from the Covid 19 crisis – available here
BVC, BPP Holborn
LLB (Hons), King’s College London
MSc, Birkbeck College, University of London
Philip regularly chairs the Kings Planning Team podcast. You can find links to the most recent episodes below alongside their accompanying background papers.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 12: It's only rocks and soil, but I like it: The Minerals Episode Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 11: Local Plans The Big Plans Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 10: Local Plans Do's & Don'ts Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 9: Winds of Change? Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 8: Pretty Vacant - Using Vacant Building Credit Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 7: All Over For The Shop Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 6: Technology to the Rescue?
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast Episode 5: 2019 Key Judgments in Review Download background paper here.
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast: Episode 4: How to be Successful at Appeals
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast: Episode 3: Housing Need and Land Supply: The Good, the Bad, and the Methodology
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast: Episode 2: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
Kings Chambers Planning Podcast: Episode 1: Garden Villages
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Paul G Tucker QC and Philip Robson overcome 7 reasons for refusal in a significant appeal win in Bath
Paul G Tucker QC and Philip Robson successful in long awaited appeal decision for a large mixed use scheme in Cheshire
Paul G Tucker QC and Philip Robson have been successful in securing planning permission for residential development in a well-located and desirable part of rural Hampshire
Emotional deregulation and the use of anticipatory declarations in the Court of Protection
When is a settlement not full and final? Tomlins and the CCA
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