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Year of Call:  1997

Year of Silk:  2018

Christopher Young Planning & Environment CV

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Christopher Young QC - Planning and Environment

Chris acts for all of the UK’s leading house builders and most of the major land promoters such as Hallam Land, Gleeson, St Modwen, UKSL, IM Properties, Welbeck, Richborough Estates. He has an enviable track record at planning appeals, many of which are cases recovered by the Secretary of State.

In the 2017 Planning survey of 300 leading planning solicitors & consultants he was the highest rated planning junior barrister in the country. Since being appointed Queen’s Counsel in March of this year, he has already been rated as one of the top three planning silks in the country for both residential and development plan work (Planning survey 2018).

He advises on some of the largest development proposals in the UK, including several new settlements such as Cattal near Harrogate, Sibson Garden Village in Huntingdonshire and a 19,000 home proposal south of Bedford on the Oxford to Cambridge railway line.  He also advised on major uban extensions such as the 5,000 plus dwelling developments at Sherford in Plymouth, Brockworth in Gloucestershire and Northstowe in Cambridgeshire. He is presently acting in five appeals for large scale care villages.

He advises Tesco Stores and Lidl, as well as investment funds such as Rockspring, and major landowners such as Tarmac and the University of Reading. He presents acts for logistics operators such as Symmetry and roadside and motorway service operator Eurogarages. He is also acting on several proposals for new and expanding schools and religious buildings.

He regularly appears in the Higher Courts including acting for the successful developer in the Supreme Court in Cheshire East v Richborough Estates. He also acted for 25 housebuilders and develpers in their legal challenge to the Written Ministerial Statement on Neighbourhod Plans, which led to changes in national policy. 

Chris has been involved in numerous Local Plan examinations including acting for St Modwen in the East Riding Local Plan, Richborough Estates at the Birmingham Local Plan, and Radley College at the Vale of the White Horse Plan. He is presently involved in over a dozen local plan examinaitons. He also acted for the three South Worcestershire authorities in respect of the Part 2 EIP hearings on their recently adopted Joint Local Plan, and for Redditch BC and Bromsgrove DC in respect of Part 2 of the Joint EIP hearings into their recently adopted local plans.

Chris is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) and National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA). He lectures throughout the UK at RTPI, housing and in-house events on a variety of topics including planning legislation, neighbourhood planning, housing numbers, financial viability, retail and housing planning policy.

 

What the Legal Directories Say:

"Very personable and very helpful. He has a very nice style and an amazing ability to read great swathes of documents. He can relate to everybody in the room and build a good rapport to get them on side." "A go-to barrister for house builders and promoters of large residential development proposals outside of London. He's built up an unparalleled bank of knowledge of appellate decisions, which he shares widely." - Chambers UK (2018).

‘He works tirelessly for his clients’ interests.’ - Legal 500 (2017)

He is confident, has excellent technical knowledge and sheer force. He’s a guy with a lot of charisma: he makes you sit up and listen.” – Chambers UK (2016)

“His knowledge of planning law is encyclopaedic, and he is the go-to junior for housing matters.” – Legal 500 (2016)

“Widely acclaimed as a leading planning junior, with an impressive reputation for precision and strategic thinking in both advice and advocacy.” – Chambers UK (2015)

RECENT SUPREME COURT, COURT OF APPEAL & HIGH COURT

• Richborough Estates v Cheshire East BC [2017]Supreme Court

• DLA Delivery v Cumberledge [2018] Court of Appeal

St Modwen v SSCLG & East Riding [2017] Court of Appeal

• Kebbell Develp. v Leeds City Council [2017] Court of Appeal

• DLA Delivery v Lewes DC [2017] – Court of Appeal  

• Richborough Estates and 24 others v SSCLG [2017] High Court

Verdin v SSCLG and Cheshire West [2017] – High Court

• Persimmon v Newcastle SSCLG & Bellway [2017] – High Court

• Eastleigh BC v SSCLG, Miller, Gleeson & Welbeck [2017] HC

• West Berkshire DC v SSCLG & HDD [2016] High Court

• Allaston Develp. v SSCLG, Forest of Dean DC [2016] - High Court

 

RECENT EXAMPLES OF RESIDENTIAL WORK:

2018

• Bloor Homes – successful appeal for 150 homes on greenfield land at Crowmarsh Gifford on the edge of two AONBs in Oxfordshire, with full award of costs.

• Barratt – successful appeal for 215 homes on greenfield land at Frampton Cotterrel near Bristol

• Kingsway Homes – successful appeal for modern architectural scheme in historic part of Bury St Edmunds, with a full award of costs

• Bloor Homes  – acting in an appeal in Oct 2018 for 900 homes at North Worcestershire Golf Club in Birmingham

• SHIFT – advising on proposal for 19,000 homes in Bedford on the new Oxford to Cambridge rail line

• Oakgate – advising on a 3,000 home new village at Cattal in North Yorkshire

• Sibson Garden Village – advising Larkfleet on a new garden village of 2,500 homes in Huntingdoneshire

• Taylor Wimpey, Linden and Bovis – advising the companies on their scheme for 5,500 homes at Sherford, Plymouth

• UKSL – advising on 2,500 home urban extension in Northamptonshire

• Bloors and Barratt  – advising the companies in respect of a proposal for 700 homes proposal at Wrexham in Wales

• IM Properties – advising on four separate schemes, including a new settlement proposal

• Retirement Villages – advising on five separate appeal proposals for large scale care villages

• Rippon Homes – acting at appeal on 180 homes in NE Derbyshire

• Redrow – acting at appeal on a new housing site in Gloucester

• Strata Homes – acting at appeal for housing in West Oxfordshire

• Taylor Wimpey – advising on a site in Warwick District

• One Housing Group – successfully opposing the Isle of Dogs NDP

 

2017

Miller Homes, Gleeson and Wellbeck – successful appeal before the Secretary of State appeal for a 660 house urban extension in Hampshire: OAN, 5YS, sustainability, highways and landscape in issue

• Hallam Land Management – successful appeal for 160 houses and 90 bed care home at Burford in the Cotswold: OAN, 5YS, landscape and sustainability in issue

• South Worcestershire Authorities – advising the three LPAs on major housing proposals for 2500 homes south of Worcester: viability

• Ptarmigan – advising on major mixed use proposals at the Harwell Research Science Park, Oxfordshire

• Allaston Developments – successful appeal for 200 homes determined by the Secretary of State in the Forest of Dean despite being contrary to the Neighbourhood Plan

• SWDP – successful appeal 150 houses on the edge of Weston Super Mare; 5YS, landscape and sustainability in issue;

• Catesby – representing the company at appeals for 70 houses at Wilstead in Bedfordshire

 

RETAIL, EMPLOYMENT AND LEISURE

DS Symmetry – major logistics park at Kettering

• North Warwickshire BC  – successful appeal for the LPA concerning a rail freight facility and employment development at Daw Mill

• Eurogarages  – advising on application for a new mortorway service station at Junction 15 of the M40 in Oxfordshire

• Radley College – advising on the schools expansion plans

Tesco Stores Ltd  – successful appeal at Stourport, Worcestershire

• Rushmoor School – new school and elite sports academy in Bedford

Eurogarages – advising on an appeal for a trunk road services area

Tesco Stores Ltd  – successful appeal for a supermarket proposal in Coleford, Gloucestershire

Greatline Ltd/ Tesco – instructed in respect of 80,000 sqft out of centre foodstore in Corby and advising on successful approach to avoiding a JR challenge by Land Securities

Tesco Extra Superstore  – successful appeal for a 11,000 sqm superstore in Caerphilly, with costs

Forest Holidays - advising on the company on various sotes including its successful new holiday resort at Micheldever in Hampshire

Edgbaston Cricket Club Redevelopment – acted for WCCC and the City Council in CPO proceedings
 

COMPULSORY PURCHASE WORK:

Birmingham City Council – successful Housing Act CPO regeneration proposals in North Newtown

Birmingham City Council – successful Education Act CPO in Newtown
Coventry City Council  – successful Planning CPO in Far Gosford
Staffordshire University & Stoke Sixth Form College – successful CPO at the University

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and RENEW  – successful CPOs for several major large scale clearance CPOs

 

DEGREES AND SCHOLARSHIPS                                            

BA (Hons) Double First 1994

Diploma in Law 1996

LLM (London) 1998

Queen Mother Scholarship 1996

Queen Mother/Fox Scholarship 1997

 (All Middle Temple)

 

RECOMMENDATIONS                                                             

He has been recommended in directories such as Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 for the last 13 years. He has been in the top band (Band 1) for Junior Planning Counsel for the last 7 years:

"Very personable and very helpful. He has a very nice style and an amazing ability to read great swathes of documents. He can relate to everybody in the room and build a good rapport to get them on side." "A go-to barrister for house builders and promoters of large residential development proposals outside of London. He's built up an unparalleled bank of knowledge of appellate decisions, which he shares widely." - Chambers UK 2018.

‘He works tirelessly for his clients’ interests.’ - Legal 500 2017

"Works tirelessly at planning inquiries to cover all possible issues and is very strong on five-year housing land supply and viability issues." "He has a great client base and is very good on residential work, displaying an amazing attention to detail." Chambers UK 2017

 “His knowledge of planning law is encyclopaedic, and he is the go-to junior for housing matters.” – Legal 500 2016

“Operates a practice centred entirely on work involving town and country planning, compulsory purchase, and highways law. He has an impressive record representing clients in appeals before the High Court, and is an accomplished advocate in inquiries. He typically acts for major private sector clients on large development projects.” Chambers Directory 2016


 “Expertise: He is confident, has excellent technical knowledge and sheer force. He’s a guy with a lot of charisma: he makes you sit up and listen.” “He is full of enthusiasm for his work and that brings an extra dimension to it. He clearly enjoys what he does, has a very good grasp of his cases and you can always rely on him to give it 100%. He can also be quite ruthless when necessary.” Chambers Directory 2016

“Widely acclaimed as a leading planning junior, with an impressive reputation for precision and strategic thinking in both advice and advocacy. He is especially well known for his residential-side expertise and his experience in compulsory purchase order (CPO) work.” - Chambers Directory 2015

Expertise: His advice and input were invaluable, and he was clearly well researched. He knew every document and he was firm when he needed to be.” “Chris impressed me. That young man has a bright future.” – Chambers Directory 2015

“Christopher Young has a strong reputation amongst the Midlands circuit’s planning practitioners. He is particularly heavily involved in inquiries related to the residential sector. “He is energetic, enthusiastic, he gets involved in things and he is very popular with clients” – Chambers Directory 2014

The “very impressive” Christopher Young is a compulsory purchase, highways and town and country planning specialist.”  - Chambers Directory 2013

According to feedback, Christopher Young” shows great attention to detail, a thorough understanding of the issues and a real hunger for knowing the case inside and out.” - Chambers Directory 2012

“Christopher Young is commended for his representation of giants in the retail sector in relation to planning and CPOs” - Chambers Directory 2011