Town and Country Planning is the cornerstone of my business. I am always available to discuss planning problems, and how I can help, free of charge. That first discussion or meeting is vitally important and should not be influenced by any consideration of fees. Your problem may be personal to you, but I am sure I will have dealt with many similar issues over the years. I prefer to identify the problem first; and only then seek to find a cost effective solution.
My instructions range from preparing simple planning applications to leading on the more complicated planning and enforcement appeals. I frequently give expert evidence at public inquiries. I prepare objections to planning applications and work with resident groups to ensure their objections are soundly made. Much of my work involves sites within the Green Belt, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
I can call on a strong network of Town Planners, Barristers, Ecologists, Environmentalists, Highway, Noise & Light Consultants and Landscape Architects to ensure that every case is fully supported by the appropriate technical evidence.
I am available to provide an Expert Opinion to support Civil Litigation. I have given evidence to the Courts, including the High Court, in cases involving valuation, boundary disputes and quantum. Although I specialise in agricultural and equestrian matters, my experience over many years allows me to work in both Town and Country Planning.
Recent successes include:
- Succeeding with a High Court Judicial Review to quash a Lawful Development Certificate issued by the South Downs National Park Authority;
- Gaining planning permission on appeal, with costs, for a supervisory dwelling on an equestrian establishment in Devon;
- Obtaining planning permission to change the use of a workshop to residential on an equestrian unit in the Surrey Green Belt;
- Successfully applying for a Lawful Development Certificate to regularise a residential annex in West Sussex;
- Removing an agricultural occupancy condition on a former farmhouse in Suffolk;
- Acting for private clients to secure the sale of land in Mid Sussex to Homes England to enable the development of 450 dwellings;
- Obtaining planning permission for a 200 bird racing pigeon loft in the South Downs National Park;
- Securing planning permission to change the use of farm buildings in the Wokingham Green Belt on appeal;
- Gaining planning consent on a dressage establishment in Surrey for a 12 box American Barn and outdoor school;
- Assisting residents in a West Sussex village in their successful objections to proposed commercial development of woodland within the South Downs National Park;
- Obtaining Class Q consent to convert a farm building in East Sussex for residential use (2 dwellings);
- Winning a s78 planning appeal for a supervisory farmhouse on a beef unit in Kent;
- Winning a similar appeal for a supervisory dwelling on a Stud Farm in West Sussex;
- Removal of AOC on a former nursery dwelling in West Sussex;
- Obtaining retrospective listed building consents for works to a Grade II listed farmhouse;
- Obtaining planning consent for an estate yard, stable complex and ancillary dwelling in West Sussex;
- Gaining planning consent for the residential conversion of a farm building in Surrey;
- Defending an enforcement notice served on a storage yard in the Surrey Green Belt;
- Obtaining planning consent for a caravan and camping site in Surrey, also in the Green Belt;
- Modification of Restrictive Covenants over a development site in the South Downs National Park;
- Obtaining on appeal planning permission for a stockman’s dwelling in the South Downs National Park;
- Successfully objecting for local residents to a proposed solar farm on a greenfield site in Chailey;
- Obtaining planning permission for a significant residential extension in West Sussex;
- Successful planning application to retain a dwelling to support a 3 day event rider’s training and breeding establishment in East Sussex;
- New stable complex with additional therapy facilities to support local children’s hospice in West Sussex;
- Negotiating option and promotion agreements on potential development sites in West and East Sussex;
- Revoking a S106 Agreement tying a farmhouse to the farm;
- Obtaining retrospective Listed Building consent on a farmhouse in East Sussex;
- Winning “Class Q” permitted development rights to convert farm buildings to residential;
- Obtaining Lawful Development Certificates authorising non-agricultural occupation of farm dwelling in breach of an agricultural occupancy condition;
- Relocating a village rugby club to a new pitch in the same village;
- Obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate granting lawful occupation of a substantial farmhouse in Hampshire following 10 years non-compliance with an AOC.
My pet hate? Being told “I wish I had found you earlier”. The right advice from the outset can save an enormous amount of time, stress and money.
I have been referred to as a safe pair of hands, primarily because I never take on instructions beyond my expertise.
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