Gary Grant



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
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson


Gary has expertise in Section 78, Call In and other Inquiries dealing with the full range of planning and environmental issues and covering a wide range of land uses. Recent inquiries include urban extensions (housing and mixed use), retail proposals, waste recycling proposals, business park proposals and housing in a national park.

Gary provides legal support for development plan examinations and for CIL examinations both for the Plan Making Authority and for objectors.

Advising, drafting and appearing in planning related litigation including injunctions.



Housing and Mixed Use

2017/2018: Call In Inquiry into proposals for up to 1000 houses at Arkhall Farm nr Tamworth going to Inquiry in January 2018 ( for Lichfield DC ).

2017: Residential proposals in Bath, raising issues of WHS, impact on landscape, ecology and scheme design. ( for Appellant ).

2016: Appeal inquiry for 137 houses at Foldgate Lane Ludlow, Shropshire (LPA).

2016: Western Road Leicester, appeal proposals for 279 student flats in 2 blocks (LPA).   

2015: Call in Inquiry at Watery Lane, Curborough, nr Lichfield in respect of up to 750 houses and associated development ( For LPA ).

2014: Recovered appeal inquiry in respect of up to 360 houses in Warton for the LPA (Fylde BC ).

2014:  Promoted proposals for housing within the National Park at Petersfield at Inquiry ( Appellant).

2013: Appeal Inquiry at Midsomer Norton, Somerset for the LPA

2013: Call in Inquiry at Salford, Bath in the Green Belt.For LPA

Development Plan

2017: Legal support for EiP of Hartlepool Local Plan which was examined in public over 3 weeks in September-October 2017.

2016: Legal Support for EIP of the Main Modifications to the Stratford Local Plan (Core Strategy) which proceeded to adoption in July 2016.

2016: Legal support for CIL Schedule examination for Stratford.

2015: Represented successful objector to CIL Schedule at CIL Examination in Bournemouth.

2015: Appointed to provide legal support with David Manley QC in respect of the Stratford Local Plan EiP.

2015: Appointed to provide discrete legal support in respect of part of  the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 

2013: Leading objections into Wiltshire Core Strategy on behalf of developer consortium Chippenham 2020, based on inadequacy of sustainability appraisal and compliance with SEA Regs.

Sport and recreation

2013: Appeal Inquiry at Barfold Farm , Surrey concerned with the intensification of elite polo use in Green Belt and AONB. For LPA

2011: Call in Inquiry on conjoined appeals for the proposals of London Irish RFC to develop a large training facility in the Green Belt and to redevelop the existing ground in Sunbury for mixed use. For LPA .


2017: Residential proposals for a site opposed in terms of the impact on the World Heritage City of Bath and quality of design ( for A ).

2016: Appeal hearing for 90 dwellings within the setting of a registered battlefield at Kineton.

2013: Appeal Inq promoting Planning and Listed Building consent for the Whiteladies former cinema (Bristol), change of use to gym together with residential.

2012: Appeal inquiry promoting demolition of house in conservation area in Branksome and it’s replacement with a high quality design by award winning architect.


Minerals and Waste:

2015: Enforcement appeal in respect of waste recycling facility in the Hampshire Countryside (for MWPA )

2012: s78 Appeal for waste recycling facility in Hampshire Countryside.

2011: s78 Appeal for green waste processing in Surrey Green Belt.


2017: Public Inquiry: Junior to Paul Tucker QC in relation to proposals for a foodstore in Somerset ( for A ).

2016: Bicester Gateway, Public inquiry into retail proposals for 2 major retailers at Bicester.  



“ An excellent advocate with good interpersonal skills”

Legal 500 


Specialist practitioner in planning and environmental law in which Gary is an experienced advocate and adviser. Gary is experienced in bringing and defending challenges to planning and environmental decisions in the Planning Court. Instructions in 2016 and 2017 include resisting procedural, environmental and policy challenges to the grant of planning permission to a Rugby Club, drafting grounds of resistance in a Statutory Challenge on the LPA’s understanding of affordable housing policy and the bringing of a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State disagreeing with an Inspectors report on a major urban extension. Gary provides legal support to Plan Making Authorities including at EiP.

Gary has been instructed in a number of cases in the Planning Court, including successfully resisting a challenge by way of judicial review of the Lichfield Local Plan.

Gary deals with housing, retail, waste, highways, heritage and the full range of environmental issues at Public Inquiry.

Gary has presented papers to specialist training events held by RTPI, NAPE, ACSeS, LLG and others and is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Gary has a wide level of experience of government work from work on the AG’s Regional Panel and has experience of highways, land, environmental, enforcement, contractual and regulatory matters associated with planning and environmental law. 

Year of Call: 1985

Areas of Expertise

Member of PEBA

Western Circuit.


Attorney General’s Regional Panel 2002-2015


MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence

Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.



Legal 500 2018

‘A highly effective advocate.’

Legal 500 2016

“ An excellent advocate with good interpersonal skills”

Legal 500 2015

"His advice is always concise, practical and solution-orientated”

Legal 500 2014


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