Planning

Kings Chambers has been providing excellence in planning for over 70 years. Chambers was founded as a  response to the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act by C N Glidewell, and has an unrivalled reputation for  the highest standards of advice and advocacy.

Kings Chambers has produced some of the leading barristers in the field of planning; in recent years that has  included figures of the eminence of Charles Cross, Sir Iain Glidewell (a former Lord Justice of Appeal), Sir Douglas Brown (formerly The Hon Mr Justice Douglas Brown), Mrs Justice Patterson and The Hon Mr Justice    Gilbart. The current Head of Chambers, Paul G Tucker QC is the Vice Chair of PEBA (Planning and Environment Bar Association) and two other Kings Chambers’ planning barristers, Jonathan Easton and Sarah Reid  are also committee members.

Giles Cannock QC is Head of the Planning Group and John Barrett is Deputy Head.

 

What our Planning Barristers offer

Kings Chambers’ Planning barristers have been involved with most of the major development projects throughout the country. These include major infrastructure projects, logistics schemes and other major development. We also have a very large housing practice and our clients include most of the major housebuilders and land promoters.

Kings Chambers’ Planning barristers can provide advice and representation at all levels whether you require a QC or a very junior barrister. Our barristers are happy to accept instructions very early in the process of development and to advise through to the conclusion whether that is the appellant who is seeking to secure planning consent, acting on behalf of an objector or a local authority looking to oppose the granting of consent. This includes every stage including advice, representing clients at appeal, and when required in the Planning Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

 

Who our Planning Barristers act for

Kings Chambers’ Planning barristers act for developers, housebuilders, land promoters, local planning authorities and other public bodies and private individuals and regularly appear at planning appeals including public inquiries and informal hearings and in all types of court proceedings including legal challenges or judicial reviews in the Planning Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. They also represent clients in criminal matters relating to planning and highways in magistrates courts and the Crown Court.

There are presently six Queen's Counsel and 20 junior counsel who regularly act in planning cases. Together they contribute to the recognition of chambers as a pre-eminent planning set.

 

Areas of Planning Law we cover:

  • Affordable Housing Airports
  • Assets of Community Value
  • Commons & Village Greens
  • Compulsory Purchase (CPO) & Compensation
  • DCO’s
  •  Development Plans
  • Energy & Utilities Enforcement
  • Habitats and Protected Species Heritage
  • Highways
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Judicial Review & Statutory Challenges Lands Tribunal
  • Logistics
  • Minerals & Waste Planning Appeals Public Rights of Way Regeneration Renewable Energy Retail
  • Travellers

 

What the directories say about our Planning Barristers;

Chambers UK 2022

Northern/Northern Eastern - Kings Chambers remains the pre-eminent set for planning expertise in the North of England and attracts a wealth of praise from instructing solicitors. Barristers at the set handle complex planning appeals and inquiries, and are adept at acting for both appellants and local planning authorities. Members of Kings Chambers handle everything from objections to residential developments, to compulsory purchase matters and listed buildings issues.

A source describes Kings Chambers as "the strongest set for planning expertise in the North." Another interviewee says: "As a set it is very good because of the breadth of experience that they have got dealing with different aspects of planning. They have got a really good set of juniors coming through."

Midlands - Kings Chambers is well known for its planning expertise and is home to barristers specialising in all areas of planning law. The set is equipped to handle residential development issues and highways matters, among other planning law disputes. Barristers at the set work with a wide variety of both private and public sector clients, including house builders and local authorities, and regularly feature in well-publicised planning appeals across the Midlands Circuit.

 
Client Service:
 
Northern/Northern Eastern -
 
"The clerks are really chatty and personable and easy to deal with." "The clerks are always professional, pleasant and very helpful." "They have gone the extra mile, especially at the beginning of the pandemic. The clerking service is prompt and responsive to enquiries." "They're very good at added value - they give training and they are prepared to go over and above." Gary Smith is the chief clerk for planning and public law and Louise Barnes is the senior Leeds clerk.
 
Midlands -
 
"It's a great set and extremely well clerked." "They are clearly focused on working alongside instructing solicitors to ensure the best possible overall service for clients." Gary Smith is the chief clerk for planning and public law.
 

Barristers in this practice area


Paul G Tucker QC

Paul G Tucker QC

Head of Chambers

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Christopher Katkowski QC

Christopher Katkowski QC

Planning |

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Vincent Fraser QC

Vincent Fraser QC

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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David Manley QC

David Manley QC

Environment | Planning |

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Giles Cannock QC

Giles Cannock QC

Head of Planning

Environment | Planning |

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Eric Owen

Eric Owen

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Alan Evans

Alan Evans

Planning |

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John Barrett

John Barrett

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Gary Grant

Gary Grant

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Planning |

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Ruth Stockley

Ruth Stockley

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Martin Carter

Martin Carter

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Ian Ponter

Ian Ponter

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Sarah Clover

Sarah Clover

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Licensing | Local Government | Planning |

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Jonathan Easton

Jonathan Easton

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Leo Charalambides

Leo Charalambides

Licensing | Planning | Real Estate Litigation |

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John Hunter

John Hunter

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Michael Rudd

Michael Rudd

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Sarah Reid

Sarah Reid

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Anthony Gill

Anthony Gill

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Licensing | Local Government | Planning |

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Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall

Administrative & Public Law | Local Government | Planning |

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Philip Robson

Philip Robson

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Licensing | Local Government | Planning |

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Freddie Humphreys

Freddie Humphreys

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Licensing | Local Government | Planning |

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Constanze Bell

Constanze Bell

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Licensing | Planning & Development | Planning |

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Killian Garvey

Killian Garvey

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Local Government | Planning |

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Piers Riley-Smith

Piers Riley-Smith

Administrative & Public Law | Environment | Licensing | Local Government | Planning |

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Mark Howells

Mark Howells

Planning |

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Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Chief Clerk for Planning and Public Law

Telephone: 0330 058 0820 Click to Mail
Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson

Senior Clerk for Planning, Environment, Administrative & Public Law, Local Government

Telephone: 0161 819 8809 Click to Mail
Kings Chambers has broad-ranging planning expertise covering such areas as commercial and residential development plans, transportation infrastructure and energy work. Sources describe it as "a highly professional and efficient set."
Chambers UK

Exceptionally user-friendly and very well clerked. They're incredibly approachable, practical and responsive.

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