AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Paul Tucker KC practices in the fields of planning, local government, environmental, CPO, CIL, logistics, infrastructure and highways. He is Head of Chambers.
Paul is the Chairman of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA).
He practices across the UK having acted in Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and England.
He is a member of the CPA (Compulsory Purchase Association).
His private sector clients have included numerous national and regional developers, strategic land promotion companies, regeneration specialists as well as individuals. He has acted for most of the major national housebuilders, national retailers as well as large infrastructure providers. His public sector clients have included Government, Government Agencies, Development Agencies and very many local planning authorities.
His particular expertise relates to advocacy in planning and related appeals as well as challenges in the High Court and beyond.
Year of Call: 1990Year of Silk: 2010
Planning is Paul’s principal area of practice and he has appeared in numerous judicial reviews, statutory challenges, public inquiries and examinations, promoting large scale development for a range of infrastructure, retail and residential developers; as well as acting for local government and public bodies in a wide range of cases
Paul regularly provides advice in his various fields of practice. Recent work has included:
Advice to South Kesteven on two Designer Outlet Centre proposals in Grantham
Gerrards Cross, advising promoters of hyper-data centre
Coventry Airport, advising promoters of giga-factory
Eastern Coventry – advising developer on promotion of major Urban expansion (including unresolved judicial review)
St Michaels development Manchester – advised developer on securing consent
Manchester Coop Live Arena – advised developer on securing consent
Everton Football Club – advised Liverpool City Council on granting consent for new stadium
Liverpool John Lennon Airport – advised Airport on Major Expansion into Green Belt
Advising on PBSA proposal, “Fusion” Manchester City Centre
Advising on PBSA at USDAW Manchester
Advised on major tall building development at 39 Deansgate, Manchester
Thornbury advice to developer on major residential expansion
Advising on major residential development at Kingston Gate, Richmond
Advised on large scale holiday park close to Alton Towers
Clean Air Zones – advising Birmingham City Council, Leeds City Council & Transport for Greater Manchester
Manchester Clean Air Zones – advising Nobu Hotel in London on successful challenge to ULEZ
Designer Outlet Villages – Successfully advised Cannock Chase DC, currently advising South Kesteven DC in relation to 2 proposed schemes.
Major Hotel redevelopment on the South Bank, London
Liverpool Waters, ongoing advice to Liverpool City Council
Wirral Waters, ongoing advice to developer
Upton Park redevelopment (CIL issues)
Bolton Wanderers (ACV issues)
Redevelopment of Anfield Stadium and associated residential regeneration
Trafford Quays – very large residential scheme adjacent to the Trafford Centre (including CIL issues)
Stratford upon Avon CIL charging schedule – advised major allocation promoter, resulted in zero charging rate
Bicester Eco-town – advising on one of the first development parcels
Major redevelopment of a former USAF airfield at Upper Heyford to create new Settlement in Oxfordshire
Oxford Urban Expansion
Redevelopment of Headingley Cricket Ground and Leeds Rhinos ground & associated enabling development
Bicester Ecotown expansion
Braintree retail park
Humber Bridge Visitor Centre and viewing platform
St Michaels development, Manchester
White City Retail Park (secured confirmation of nil CIL contribution)
Advised developer in relation to successful resolution to grant permission for £2.5bn gigfactory at Coventry Airport
Appeared for the Appellant at the Haydock Park J26 logistics scheme appeal Spring 2021
Appeared for the successful Appellant South Caldecotte Logistics scheme consented 2020
Appearing to promote UK2 scheme Solihull Local Plan Examination
Advising on South Staffs Local Plan for Nurton Developments
Eddie Stobart National distribution centre – appeared for Appellant at recent planning inquiry
Hemington – j1 M6 large scale new logistics depot for St Modwen
Florida Farm, large scale logistics proposal in the GB
Midpoint Cheshire – Middlewich – ongoing advice and appearance at local plan examination
Thorne Doncaster. – advice on new logistics centre
Sherburn in Elmet – advice on new MSA and lorry park
Airport City – advised on conditions
M42 J10 secured permission on appeal for major logistics development
IM Properties both secured permission and successful appeal for major mixed use site west of Stratford including large scale logistics development
SW Rugby – advising Tritax Symmetry on major new logistics park planning application adjacent to M46
Paul has advised and appeared in numerous Local Plan inquiries and UDPs, as well as acting in leading cases upon local plan/examination issues. Recent work has included:
Liverpool LP EIP (acting for City Council)
South Oxfordshire (acting for successful promoters of STRAT13)
Solihull EIP (acting for promoters of Arden Triangle and major logistics site)
Charnwood LP EIP (acting for promoters of major expansion of Loughborough)
Mid Devon EIP (acting for Developer)
Cheshire East CIL examination (Acting for Developer)
Brighton CIL (Acting for Developer)
York EiP (promoting scheme for the expansion of the University of York, Askham Bryan and St Peters School)
South Oxfordshire Local Plan (promoting scheme for Developer)
Braintree Local Plan (promoting scheme for Developer)
Lancaster Local Plan (acting for LPA)
Warrington Local Plan (advising LPA)
Liverpool Local Plan (advising LPA)
Cheshire East Local Plan (various objectors)
NE Leicestershire (objectors)
Tewksbury, Gloucester and Cheltenham joint core strategy (major retail objections)
Cheshire West CIL examination (objectors of very large allocation)
Stratford EIP (objectors)
Cherwell Valley (objectors promoting new settlement at former USAF airbase)
Ongoing advice for Local Authorities, including Liverpool, Leicester, Lancaster
Lead counsel for the East Riding of Yorkshire Local Plan which won the 2017 Plan Making Award and Editors Award from Planning Magazine
Warrington Western link 2020 – CPO and Local Plan issues;
Lancaster New Motorway junction to serve Garden Village – Local Plan 2019
Preston Western Bypass CPO 2018
Bedford Northern bypass – CPO 2016
A64 widening Copmanthope & Colton Top
Upgrade of A1 from dual carriageway to Motorway from Ripon to Scotch Corner
A66 Upgrade to dual carriageway Greta Bridge to Scotch Corner
Second Mersey Crossing Runcorn – Widnes
Middle Deepdale Link, Scarborough
Paul has acted for both the public and private sector in a range of planning inquiries across the country.
Residential – Paul has successfully promoted numerous residential schemes at appeal around the UK, for most of the national housebuilders as well as specialist student and older person accommodation providers (notably McCarthy and Stone). In addition Paul has successfully advised on numerous major schemes which have directly secured consent from the local planning authority. An example of recent appeals include:
Secured permission after appeal for David Wilson Homes for 64 bed care home in Wimborne, Dorset
Secured permission, following a public inquiry, for Robert Hitchins Ltd, for 460 dwellings in Fiddington, Tewkesbury
Secured permission, following a public inquiry, for Inland Homes for 206 homes in Staines upon Thames.
Secured Permission for Seashell Trust for 350 houses and £52M redevelopment of Specialist School in green belt
Secured Permission for major logistics site at South Caldecotte, Milton Keynes
Secured Permission for McCarthy and Stone for C2 scheme in Canterbury adjacent to Canterbury World Heritage Site
Secured Permission for 456 flats for Redrow at New Malden
Secured Permission for redevelopment of Hotel in New Cross London to residential
Secured Permission for new Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Bath
Secured Permission for large scale Private Rented Scheme in Hove
Secured Permission for large residential scheme south of Braintree
Secured Permission for residential development north of Tewksbury
Secured permission at public inquiry for IM Properties for the largest ever mixed use (850,000 sq ft) proposal in Stratford-upon-Avon
Secured permission at public inquiry for 258 dwellings for Bridgemere Land Plc and Redrow Homes in Hartford, Cheshire.
Secured permission for Peel Investments for the construction of a new Starbucks drive in facility at the Peel Centre Retail Park in Barnsley.
Secured permission at public inquiry for 40 dwellings for Pye Homes in Quainton, Aylesbury Vale.
Secured permission for 261 dwellings at Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge for Persimmon Homes (Lancs) Ltd.
Secured future of Grade II listed building on Historic England’s “At Risk Register” in the Wirral for PJ Livesey.
Secured permission at appeal for Bmor Ltd for block of 34 apartments in a conservation area at Fulham Palace Road in West London.
Secured planning permission for Orbit Homes at public inquiry for the demolition of existing buildings and erection of five units to be used for Class A1 (non-food retail) purposes, and two units to be used for Use Class A1 (non-food retail or sandwich shop) and/or Use Class A3 and/or Use Class A5, creation of car park and provision of new access from Earl Road, together with landscaping and associated works at Handforth Dean, Cheshire.
Successfully appealed under s195 against against the failure of East Dorset DC to give notice within the prescribed period of a decision on an application for an LDC
Successfully secured permission at public inquiry for David Wilson Homes Eastern for 120 dwellings at Hatfield Peverel in Braintree DC.
Successfully secured permission for 72 dwellings for Manor Oak Homes at Launton in Cherwell DC
Paul has advised on numerous CPO & urban regeneration projects for both the public and the private sector.
Most recently he has advised upon the post-HMRI regeneration around Anfield/Breck Road as well as advising upon multimillion pound claims arising out of the 2nd Mersey Crossing.
Paul regularly appears in the Administrative Court (usually the Planning Court) on a variety of planning and environmental cases. Recent & significant cases include:
Royale Parks Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government  EWCA Civ 1101
(on the application of Asda Stores Ltd) v Leeds City Council  EWCA Civ 32
(on the application of Liverpool Open and Green Spaces Community Interest Co) v Liverpool City Council  EWCA Civ 861
Spitfire Bespoke Homes Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government  EWHC 958 (Admin)
(on the application of The Co-Operative Group Ltd) v West Lancashire BC  EWHC 507 (Admin)
Manor Oak v Secretary of State  EWHC 1736 (Admin)Thompson v Conwy BC  EWHC 746 (Admin)R (LOGS) v Liverpool City Council  EWHC 55R(Housiaux) v Staffordshire Moorlands  EWHC 2157St Modwen v Secretary of State  EWCA 1643
Chelmsford City Council v Secretary of State  EWHC 3329 (QB)
Cherwell Valley v Secretary of State and Gladman  EWHC 2925 (Admin)
Cheshire v Secretary of State and Harlequin (Wistaston)  EWHC 694 (Admin)
R (on the application of Redrow Homes Ltd) v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council  EWCA Civ 1433
Gladman Development Ltd v Wokingham Borough Council  EWHC 2320 (Admin)
PS v Greenwich LBC and Enderby 2016] EWHC 1967 (Admin)
St Modwen v Secretary of State and East Yorkshire 2016] EWHC 968 (Admin)
R(Timmins) v Gedling BC and Westerleigh  EWHC 220 (Admin)
R(Milton (Peterborough Estates) v Ryedale and GMI Holdings  EWHC 1948 (Admin)
(1) BDW Trading Ltd (T/A Barratt Homes) (2) Wainhomes Developments Ltd V (1) Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council (2) Stephen Robinson (The Counting Officer For CWCBC) & (1) Tattenhall & District Parish Council (2) Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd  EWHC 1470 (Admin)
R (on the application of Zurich Assurance Ltd T/A Threadneedle Property Investments) V North Lincolnshire Council & Simons Developments Ltd  EWHC 3708 (Admin)
R (on the application of Cheshire East Council) v Secretary Of State For Communities & Local Government  EWHC 2824 (Admin)
R (on the application of Salford Estates (No 2) LTD) v Durham County Council & (1) Tesco Stores Ltd (2) Dalton Park Ltd  EWHC 2512 (Admin)  EWHC 2512 (Admin)
Fox Strategic Land Company v Chorley  EWHC 1179 (Admin)
R (on the application of Cbre Lionbrook (General Partners) Ltd) v Rugby Borough Council & Hammerson (Rugby) Ltd  EWHC 646 (Admin)
(1) Jean Timmins (2) A W Lymn (The Family Funeral Service) LTD v Gedling Borough Council & Westerleigh Group Ltd  EWHC 654 (Admin)
(1) Scottish Widows Plc (2) Scottish Widows Unit Funds Ltd (3) Aegon Uk Property Fund Ltd v Cherwell District Council & LXP RP (Banbury) Ltd (2) Prodrive Holdings Ltd (3) Prodrive Motorsport Ltd (4) Hundred Percent Properties Ltd (5) David Richards  EWHC 3968 (Admin)
Winfield v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWCA Civ 1415
Larkfleet Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 3592
Fox Strategic Land & Property Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  J.P.L.
Tesco Stores Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government EWHC 1581 (Admin)
Fox Strategic Land & Property Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities andLocal Government  1 P. & C.R. 6
R(on the application of Salford Estates (No 2) Ltd) v Durham County Council(Defendant) & (1) Tesco Stores Ltd (2) Dalton Park Ltd  EWHC 2512(Admin)
Historic Cases include:
Derwent v Liverpool CC  EWHC 3023
Derwent v Citybranch  EWHC 1337
R (on the application of Stephen Walker) v Police Appeals Tribunal 
Mohan v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1949
Roland Bardsley v Secretary of State  EWHC 22
R (Stagg)v First Secretary of State  EWHC 1170
R(Co-op Group) v Secretary of State  EWHC 1932
Prophet v York City Council  EWHC 1448
Liverpool and Lancashire v B&Q  PLSCS 180
City park v Bolton  RVR 343
R v Beard 1 PLR 64
R v Stoke on Trent exp Trent City Securities Limited and Total Fitness Limited, unreported,17th February 2000
R v Plymouth City Council exp Plymco  PLR 76
R v Liverpool City Council exp Luxury Leisure Ltd (1999) LGR 345
R v Liverpool City Council and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry exp Baby Products Association (2000) LGR 171
B & Q Plc v Liverpool & Lancashire Properties Ltd  PLSCS 180
Wirral Waters ongoing advice to developer
Major redevelopment of a former USAF airfield at Upper Heyford to create new Settlement in Oxfordshire
M42 J10 secured permission on appeal for major logistics development for St Modwen Developments
York EiP (promoting expansion of scheme for the University of York Askham Bryan and St Peters School)
Ongoing advice for Local Authorities, including Liverpool, Leicester, Lancaster, Warrington, Stoke and Wyre
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Clean Air Zones – advising Nobu Hotel in London
Major redevelopment of a former USAF airfield to create new Settlement in Oxfordshire
Stoke M6 – advice on proposed new logistics centre for St Modwen
St Helens junction East Lancs & M6 advised & appeared on local plan objections
South Milton Keynes – advising on major logistics site (57Ha) south of Milton Keynes recently refused permission and subject to appeal
York EiP (promoting scheme for the University of York)
Ongoing advice for Local Authorities, including Liverpool, Leicester, Lancaster, Warrington, Stoke, Wyre
Attorney General’s Regional Panel (2007 to 2010)
Head of Chambers (2020 to 2022)
Head of Planning (2015-2020)
Chambers UK 2023
"Absolutely at the top of the Planning Bar, with as complete a package as any client would wish for. Paul has always been exemplary."
"Paul Tucker is the star. The biggest planner in the North."
"Top, top tier and for when you need the best."
Legal 500 2023
"Paul has extensive knowledge of Local Plans and wider planning law and is able to provide practical advice, tapping in to his vast knowledge in a clear and accessible manner. He is undoubtedly one the of the top silks in the country in respect of planning law, but it is his approachable and accessible manner which makes him stand out from other silks of similar experience."
Chambers UK 2022
"Paul is one of the best planning QCs in the country. He is technically very good as well as commercially minded."
Legal 500 2022
"Paul is very commercially minded and establishes a great rapport with clients. He is an excellent advocate and one of the first on my list to instruct if a client needs a QC. I would say Paul is one of the best in his field."
Chambers UK 2021
"He has very good tactical nous and he's good for strategy around a complex application." "Decisive and to the point with his advice."
"Inspires complete confidence with his extensive knowledge, and is very responsive and accessible." "He has a very quick mind."
Legal 500, 2021
"Paul always provides very commercial advice, and is great with clients."
"Approachable, he offers clients a proactive steer in their cases."
Legal 500, 2020
"He provides very commercial advice and is great with clients."
Chambers UK 2020
"He grasps extremely difficult points and then presents them in a way that people can understand." "He is very client-friendly and there doesn't seem to be anything that he can't do exceptionally well."
"Very straightforward, incredibly sharp and very personable." "He's a brilliant inquiry advocate, very good at cross-examining, and very good on his feet in the High Court."
Chambers UK 2018
"A very approachable individual who quickly builds a rapport with clients. He is decisive, to the point with his advice and an all-round excellent advocate." An outstanding advocate who is very in tune with clients and very personable."
"Personable, approachable and bright. He works well as part of a team and gives clients great confidence. He makes himself available and provides good pragmatic advice in a timely fashion."
Legal 500, 2018
‘He has a knack for making complicated legal matters appear straightforward.’
‘Brilliant with clients and skilled at straightening out complicated legal matters.’
‘A highly accomplished advocate, who is excellent with clients.’
Chambers UK 2017
"He gives pragmatic advice and has a way of simplifying legal principles and practical ramifications so that clients are in a position to give instructions with confidence." "He is always very approachable and down-to-earth. He is direct in his advice, and is a hard-hitting QC who is very popular."
Legal 500, 2017
‘Revered as a highly accomplished advocate.’
Chambers UK 2016
He is an excellent barrister. He is very thorough, and nothing is too much of a struggle for him: he'll come back to you at all hours." "An excellent advocate with an impressive character who provides thoughtful, analytical advice."
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