John Barrett

John Barrett


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


"He is phenomenally knowledgeable, extremely personable and easy to work with. He is firm but fair and is very clever at addressing weak points in the case." "He is exceptional."

Chambers UK


John acts for many of the UK’s leading developers and house builders. Over the two years he has secured planning permission for well in excess of 1,700 homes.

He acts for most of the major house builders including Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Redrow, Wainhomes, Seddon Homes, McCarthy & Stone and Tensi Homes and Heritage Homes. He acts for national developers including Gladman Developments and Fox Strategic Land and Property.

John has recently acted for the developer in housing appeals at Kirkham in Lancashire, Malpas and Northwich in Cheshire West; Wistaston, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach and Alsager in Cheshire East, Faringdon in Oxfordshire; Bozeat in Wellingborough and 3 appeals all in Hambleton District.

He acted for the developers at recent examination in public of the Cheshire East Local Plan and the Stratford on Avon Local Plan.

John regularly advises on judicial and statutory reviews of Planning Decisions and Local Plan adoption.

Year of Call: 1982

Areas of Expertise

Administrative & Public Law and Local Government

Administrative & Public Law and Local Government

John advises developers and local authorities on a range of administrative and public law matters including: judicial review, highways, public rights of way, village greens and governance issues.

He recently acted for Yorkshire Water in respect of a statutory challenge to the grant of planning permission that involved detailed consideration of the Reservoirs Act 1975

John has acted for individuals, companies, developers and local authorities in relation to issues concerning local authorities rights, powers and duties. He is regularly instructed in compulsory purchase matters. He recently promoted the Lancashire County Council Broughton Bypass CPO. He is also regularly involved in minerals, renewable and waste matters.

He acted for North Lincolnshire Council in successfully resisting two on shore windfarm proposals.

Planning & Environment

Planning & Environment

John acts for developers and local authorities in relation to all aspects of Town and Country Planning matters. He is especially experienced in housing, retail and environmental planning matters


He is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association. He has lectured throughout the UK at RTPI, housing and in-house events on variety of subjects.



John was appointed a Recorder in 2003



He was formerly the editor of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (Sweet and Maxwell)


BA (hons) MMU Grays Inn



Chambers UK 2018

"He's extremely client-friendly and is always willing to work as part of the team."

"Very good at ensuring everything is properly detailed and prepared so you have a strong case to run." "He has a full understanding of every case and a strategy moving forward."

Chambers UK 2017

"He has an excellent rapport with clients and is very empathetic." "He is a solid performer."

"He is phenomenally knowledgeable, extremely personable and easy to work with. He is firm but fair and is very clever at addressing weak points in the case." "He is exceptional."

Chambers UK 2016

"An excellent practitioner."

"Excellent: he is very experienced in all areas of planning and environmental law and fights hard for his clients, offering a highly skilled service."

Chambers UK 2015

"He is an excellent advocate - very confident, assertive and good at cross-examination."

"He is always very efficient and effective. He has a calm manner, and is particularly good at defending difficult positions." Chambers UK 2015

Chambers UK 2013

"John Barrett does a significant amount of work in relation to waste disposal and management, and recently appeared in Environment Agency v Stephen Dale, a case brought against a private individual for the improper disposal of waste on agricultural land."

"According to one solicitor, senior junior John Barrett "has a great deal of experience that proves very useful." "Cool and collected," he is much respected by solicitors who say that "if you need to get an injunction he's like a Jack Russell." Barrett recently acted in an appeal relating to a large housing development intended for the former site of Leeds Girls High School."

Legal 500 2018:

‘Known for representing developers and housebuilders.’

Legal 500 2017:

‘A real professional.’

Legal 500 2015:

"He has a good grasp of strategic issues"

Legal 500 2014:

"Cuts to the essential issues in a case".


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