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 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.

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.

Notable Residential cases

Land to the North West of Fiddington, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury – Successful appeal against refusal of permission for 460 dwellings – led by Paul Tucker KC for client, Robert Hitchins Ltd

New Lane, York – A recovered appeal for 300 units. Main issue as whether or not the site should be designated as Green Belt.

Land off Brain Valley Avenue, Black Notley – Representing Gladman Development Ltd for he construction of 80 homes.

Land at Hawkhurst Golf Club – Development in the High Weald AONB

Land at Manor Farm, South Somerset – Development affecting a GII* listed property.

Land at Boroughbridge Road, York – acting for the LPA against development within the York Green Belt

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.

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.

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.

Hookstone Chase, Harrogate – advising the developer through the application stage to successful appeal for residential development of a former employment site.

Wandle Trading Estate, Mitcham – Inquiry into a section 73 inquiry seeking to change the layout and house type designs following the purchase of the site by a new developer.

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.

Notable Mixed Use and other forms of development cases

Great Heys – development of a 64 bed care home.

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.

Audlem Road, Stapeley - 189 dwellings; local centre (Class A1 to A5 inclusive and D1) with a maximum floor area of 1,800 sq.m); employment development (B1b, B1c, B2 and B8); primary school site; public open space including new village green, children’s play area and allotments, green infrastructure including ecological area.

Old Mill, Sandbach - Hybrid Planning Application for development comprising: a foodstore, petrol filling station and ancillary kiosk/convenience store, drive-through restaurant, drive- through coffee shop, farm shop and 2 no. retail 'pod' units, erection of a care home, 92 new dwellings, conversion of existing building to 2 dwellings and refurbishment of two existing dwellings.Philip also has experience advising on applications to crematorium development and appearing at inquiries covering such development.  This has included:

Land South of Green Lane, Doncaster – Appearing at a public inquiry into crematorium development in the Doncaster Green Belt.

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.

Successfully acted for Doncaster Council in opposing development for Crematorium– 2022”

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.

Notable Administrative and Public Law cases

Newey v South Hams DC [2018] 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 [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

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

Notable Compulsory Purchase, Infrastructure and Energy cases

Advising the developer on the Coventry Airport Gigafactory.

Representing Highways England at the DCO into the dualling of the A47.

Appearing for, and providing ongoing advice to, the local planning authority at the DCO hearings into the dualling of the A303 in Somerset.

Appearing at the inquiry into the construction a Renewable Energy Centre – energy from waste.

Representing local authorities and objectors at several CPO inquiries.

Advising on the effect of a CPO on minerals and mining rights.

Advising on a large salt pipeline.

Advising on the EIA at the proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon.

Advising on various issues relating to wind and solar development.

‘Philip is able to build a rapport with witnesses and inspectors alike, and his cross-examination is very effective. A confident and persuasive advocate.’

Legal 500 2024

"Philip responds in a timely manner and puts clients and inspectors at ease but with a clear professionalism that gives everyone confidence in the arguments he is putting forward."

Chambers UK 2024

"Philip is very able and gives good, clear advice. He is clearly effective, as he is always in demand from the KCs when they need a junior. He is a good team player."

Chambers UK 2024


Legal 500 2023

“Philip is a skilled advocate and routinely provides detailed but pragmatic legal advice. A particular strength is his closing submissions in planning appeals; he cuts right through to the heart of the issues and makes clear and concise legal arguments. His manner is professional but extremely approachable. He is a delight to work with.”

Chambers UK 2022

“His written advocacy is very eloquent, and he is also very personable and easy to deal with.”

Legal 500 2021

“He gives extremely clear and strong advice the likes of which we have rarely seen. He cuts through matters with extraordinary clarity and this strength of clarity can be seen not only in his written advice but also in his advice in person and as an advocate.”

  • BVC, BPP Holborn
  • LLB (Hons), King’s College London
  • MSc, Birkbeck College, University of London

  • PEBA

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