Planning

Chambers has a reputation for excellence in planning and related areas of law and is consistently featured in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for our expertise and leading role in the field.

Chambers has a reputation for excellence in planning and related areas of law and is consistently featured in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for our expertise and leading role in the field.

Chambers and Partners 2023 notes that “They are the doyens of the Planning Bar. On top of their game." The Legal 500 2023 comments that “Francis Taylor Building is excellent, with considerable strength in depth when it comes to planning matters, with members who are second to none and excellent to work with”.

Members are instructed by both the private and the public sectors. Whilst private clients include many of the country's largest commercial operators, Chambers is also respected for its work on behalf of community and interest groups, small businesses and individuals. 

Work in the public sector is for local government and for other public bodies.

Chambers undertakes work in all areas of planning law, appearing at: 

  • Planning and enforcement appeal inquiries
  • Development plan inquiries
  • Examinations in public and in the law courts when challenges are made to administrative decisions

Members are regularly instructed in relation to a broad spectrum of schemes including:

05
Jul' 22
‘Outstanding’ Tall Building Providing 100% Affordable Housing Approved by the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has granted planning permission for the erection of a 20 storey residential tower on the site of the former Edith Summerskill House, Clem Attlee Court, London SW6 7TW.  The proposal will provide 133 residential units, all of which would be affordable housing.

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10
Feb' 22
Pulverised Fuel Ash Extraction JR dismissed: R (Whitley Parish Council) v North Yorkshire County Council and EP UK Investments Ltd [2022] EWHC 238 (Admin)

The Planning Court (Mr Justice Lane) has dismissed a claim in judicial review against the decision of North Yorkshire County Council to grant permission for the extraction of c.23 million tonnes of pulverised fuel ash (“PFA”) at the Gale Common Ash Disposal Site – which lies in the West Yorkshire Green Belt.  The judgment is available here.

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‘FTB is one of the leading barristers sets for planning." "Chambers is full of excellent barristers and has a deserved strong reputation in the planning world."

Legal 500, 2024

"They are the doyens of the Planning Bar. On top of their game."

Chambers and Partners, 2023

"They have enormous strength in depth, and are a top set in the field. I would be confident in recommending this set to my most important clients. They are always thinking ahead to how this field of law might evolve and change."

Legal 500, 2023

"Excellent, with considerable strength in depth‘ when it comes to planning matters, with members who are second to none and excellent to work with."

Legal 500, 2023

"A very capable planning set we have sent the majority of our planning instructions to this year."

Legal 500, 2023

"Francis Taylor Building is an excellent set and always my first choice. Over the years I have worked with ten members (a mix of juniors and silks) and have always been impressed by the standard of FTB’s advice and the positive, collaborative attitude of the barristers."

Legal 500, 2023

"These chambers have extraordinary strength-in-depth with a wealth of talented barristers. It covers all areas of law but is particularly strong on planning and environmental matters. There is always someone available at the right level of expertise and seniority to assist. I have worked with several QC’s and junior barristers from these Chambers and they are all on top of their game.’

Legal 500, 2022

"Francis Taylor Building is renowned for its dedication to planning work. The set has the capacity to take on the full range of planning matters, from compulsory purchase and compensation issues to environment, highways, and town and village green law."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Francis Taylor Building is my first choice set. I have worked with circa 10 barristers (mix of juniors and silks) and have consistently received a great service. I know that whatever the subject matter, there will be a barrister with the requisite expertise and/or experience."

Legal 500, 2022

"Their combined expertise of the planning sector is exceptional, including in particular their infrastructure and compulsory purchase capabilities."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

"The clerks at Francis Taylor Building are absolutely superb and very quick to get back to you." "The team is very agile and very commercial in terms of their approach and you can discuss things based on client needs."

Chambers and Partners 2022
05
Jul' 22
‘Outstanding’ Tall Building Providing 100% Affordable Housing Approved by the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has granted planning permission for the erection of a 20 storey residential tower on the site of the former Edith Summerskill House, Clem Attlee Court, London SW6 7TW.  The proposal will provide 133 residential units, all of which would be affordable housing.

Read more
10
Feb' 22
Pulverised Fuel Ash Extraction JR dismissed: R (Whitley Parish Council) v North Yorkshire County Council and EP UK Investments Ltd [2022] EWHC 238 (Admin)

The Planning Court (Mr Justice Lane) has dismissed a claim in judicial review against the decision of North Yorkshire County Council to grant permission for the extraction of c.23 million tonnes of pulverised fuel ash (“PFA”) at the Gale Common Ash Disposal Site – which lies in the West Yorkshire Green Belt.  The judgment is available here.

Read more
20
May' 24
Annual Planning Forum (Hybrid)

This afternoon seminar will provide an opportunity to be informed about and discuss the latest developments in planning with some of the leading barristers in the field. It will focus on key practical issues, providing a convenient way for busy solicitors, consultants and local authority officers to keep up to date and to manage the implications of recent changes.  It will be followed by a drinks reception.

Registration will take place from 1.30-2.00pm.  The seminar will run from 2.00pm-5.30pm. It will be followed by a drinks reception until 6.30pm.

It will be run as a hybrid event enabling either in-person or virtual attendance. 

Time: Registration from 1.30pm.  Seminar from 2.00 - 5.30pm followed by a drinks reception until 6.30pm.  
Venue: The Honourable Society of The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL.

The programme and booking information will be available early in 2024.

King's Counsel

Simon Bird KC

Call: 1987 | Silk: 2009

Robert McCracken KC

Call: 1973 | Silk: 2003

Andrew Tait KC

Call: 1981 | Silk: 2003

Michael Humphries KC

Call: 1982 | Silk: 2003

David Matthias KC

Call: 1980 | Silk: 2006

Morag Ellis KC

Call: 1984 | Silk: 2006

Craig Howell Williams KC

Call: 1983 | Silk: 2008

Richard Glover KC

Call: 1984 | Silk: 2009

Douglas Edwards KC

Call: 1992 | Silk: 2010

Gregory Jones KC

Call: 1991 | Silk: 2011

Suzanne Ornsby KC

Call: 1986 | Silk: 2012

James Pereira KC

Call: 1996 | Silk: 2014

Saira Kabir Sheikh KC

Call: 2000 | Silk: 2014

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart KC

Call: 1993 | Silk: 2015

Hereward Phillpot KC

Call: 1997 | Silk: 2015

Alexander Booth KC

Call: 2000 | Silk: 2016

Jeremy Phillips KC

Call: 2004 | Silk: 2018

Richard Honey KC

Call: 2003 | Silk: 2021

Meyric Lewis KC

Call: 1986 | Silk: 2023

Junior Counsel

Philip Petchey

Call: 1976

Timothy Comyn

Call: 1980

Emyr Jones

Call: 1999

Kate Olley

Call: 1999

John Jolliffe

Call: 2005

Mark Westmoreland Smith

Call: 2006

Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis

Call: 2006

Cain Ormondroyd

Call: 2007

Annabel Graham Paul

Call: 2008

Hugh Flanagan

Call: 2008

Rebecca Clutten

Call: 2008

Ned Westaway

Call: 2009

Isabella Tafur

Call: 2009

David Graham

Call: 2010

Michael Fry

Call: 2011

George Mackenzie

Call: 2011

Alexander Greaves

Call: 2012

Caroline Daly

Call: 2013

Charles Streeten

Call: 2013

Charles Forrest

Call: 2014

Merrow Golden

Call: 2014

Horatio Waller

Call: 2014

Daisy Noble

Call: 2015

Charles Merrett

Call: 2016

Esther Drabkin-Reiter

Call: 2017

Brendan Brett

Call: 2017

Conor Fegan

Call: 2018

Jonathan Welch

Call: 2019

Flora Curtis

Call: 2019

Michael Rhimes

Call: 2019

Mark O’Brien O’Reilly

Call: 2021, 2023 (Ireland)

Michael Feeney

Call: 2021

Stephanie Bruce-Smith

Call: 2021

Claire Nevin

Call: 2021