Planning & Environment
John specialises in all aspects of town and country planning, environmental law, compulsory purchase and acquisition and highways.
John acts for many of the UK’s leading developers and house builders. Over the past two years he has secured planning permission for well in excess of 2,000 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, Emmer Green and Faringdon in Oxfordshire, Watton in Norfolk, Foxton in Cambridgeshire; Bozeat in Wellingborough and 3 appeals all in Hambleton District.
He acted for the developers at recent examination in public of the central Lancashire Core Strategy, 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.
He has appeared as counsel in numerous UDP and Local Plan inquiries and has worked extensively in the areas of waste disposal and management, minerals, highways and housing. Other significant inquiries include those relating to substantial commercial and retail developments, especially supermarkets and public houses/restaurants.
Public & Administrative
John was the former Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health (Sweet and Maxwell).
He is a Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association.
He regularly advises and acts in cases involving Local Government and public policy.
He has been involved in a number of leading and high profile cases including highway closure and section 38 agreements, local authority decision making, waste disposal, sewers and drains, statutory nuisance proceedings and environmental assessment.