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Year of Call:  1980

Year of Silk:  2016

Paul Cairnes QC Planning & Environment CV

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Paul Cairnes QC - Planning & Environment

Paul Cairnes was called to the Bar in 1980 and specialises exclusively in Planning & Environmental work. Paul acts for developers and local authorities throughout England and Wales and he has considerable High Court experience with regard to planning and environmental issues.

He is regularly instructed to appear and advise in high profile and large scale development proposals, recent examples of which include:

Housing and Mixed Use

  • The successful promotion of a major residential scheme of 175 dwellings and associated infrastructure on an unallocated site in the Green Belt on land north of Asher Lane, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire (PINS Ref: APP/P3040/W/17/3185493)
  • The successful promotion of a major residential (detailed) scheme of 290 dwellings and associated infrastructure on land off Fleckney Road,  Fleckney, Leicestershire (PINS Ref: APP/F2415/W/17/3182409)
  • The successful promotion of major residential scheme of up to 250 dwellings on land off Coventry Road, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. (PINS Ref: APP/F2415/W/16/3151978).
  • The successful promotion of rural residential scheme in North Dorset and consequential discharge of existing planning obligations (PINS Refs: APP/N2515/W/15/3128761 & APP/N1215/Q/15/3131182).
  • The successful promotion of major residential development scheme in West Sussex despite the existence of a 5-year housing land supply (PINS Ref: APP/L3815/W/15/3003656).
  • The successful promotion of a residential development scheme in Feniton, Devon. This was the only successful appeal in 4 conjoined planning appeals heard together in a “super inquiry” (PINS Ref: APP/U1105/A/13/2191905).
  • The successful opposition to a residential housing scheme in the Forest of Deane despite the absence of a 5-year housing land supply (PINS Ref: APP/P1615/A/13/2204158).
  • The successful promotion of a mixed-use development comprising 173 residential units, office buildings and retail outlet with associated infrastructure in Weymouth, Dorset (PINS Ref: APP/P1235/A/13/2198549).
  • The successful promotion of a residential development of 277 dwellings with associated public open space, affordable housing, recreational facilities, landscaping and access at the former Fremington Army Camp, Devon (PINS Ref: APP/X1118/A/12/2188898).
  • The successful promotion of a mixed used development comprising some 51 dwellings plus retail units in Bournemouth (PINS Ref: APP/G1250/A/12/2189589).
  • The successful promotion of a mixed-use urban extension to south of Gloucester comprising some 1750 homes and associated community infrastructure (Hunts Grove – PINS Ref: APP/C1625/V/07/1202058)).
  • Successfully opposing a proposed development comprising some 137 dwellings and medical centre in Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester, Stratford on Avon despite the absence of a 5 year housing land supply (PINS Ref: APP/J3720/A/12/2176743).
  • Successfully opposing a proposed mixed use urban extension to the north of Gloucester comprising some 1750 homes and associated community infrastructure (Land at Innsworth Lane – PINS Ref: APP/G1630/A/09/2097181)).
  • Advising on potential major residential development in Cornwall within historically sensitive locations.
  • Numerous Gypsy appeals concerning unlawful development in the Green Belt, AONBs and sensitive sites.
  • Numerous appeals concerning residential, commercial and Wind Farm development proposals in the Green Belt, AONBs, the setting of listed Buildings and other sensitive sites.

Paul is presently instructed in connection with the promotion of major residential, mixed use and commercial schemes across England, most recently with respect to sites in Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Corby and Stroud.

Commercial

  • The successful promotion of a large-scale low-energy industrial park adjacent to Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset. The appeal was opposed by Natural England in view of contested ecological concerns over the potential adverse impacts upon the European protected Dorset Heathlands (PINS Ref: APP/Q1225/A/13/2204098).

Local Plans

  • Promoting large scale residential development allocation (1400 dwellings) of behalf of major developers at the EiP of the draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan (2017).
  • Representing Waverley Housing Forum (comprising a group of 10 major developers) at the EiP of the draft Waverley Local Plan (2017).
  • Representing interests of large scale developers and site promoters at the EiP of the draft Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Plan (2017).

Minerals and Waste

  • Securing district-wide permanent injunctive relief concerning unlawful waste transfer sites in Rotherham.
  • Representing Gloucestershire County Council in challenge to minerals extractions permission in Cotswold Water Park
  • Promotion of Waste Transfer and linked Employment sites in the SE Dorset conurbation

Enforcement

  • Paul has a long history of acting in complex enforcement matters. This has included the successful prosecution recovery of substantial monies on behalf of LPAs using the POCA regime.
  • His most recent enforcement appeal (on behalf of Stratford-on-Avon District Council) resulted in a Full costs award in favour of his client [PINS Refs: APP/J3720/C/17/3178642, 3178652, 3178664).

 

Recent significant cases include:

R (Wright) v Forest of Dean DC & Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 2102 (CA): Reviewing authority on issues surrounding acceptability of financial incentives attached to a planning application.

Wingrove v Stratford-on-Avon District Council [2015] EWHC 287 (Admin): Successful resistance to challenge of use by LPA of s.70C TCPA 1990 (introduced by Localism Act 2011) to decline to determine retrospective application for planning permission where enforcement notice in place.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council v Secretary of State & Ors [2013] EWHC 2074 (Admin): Challenge to grant of planning permission formulated on consultation rights as contained in the Aarhus Convention.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council v Secretary of State & Ors [2013] EWHC 2074 (Admin): Challenge to grant of planning permission formulated on consultation rights as contained in the Aarhus Convention.

Jenkins v Gloucestershire County Council and Ors [2012] EWHC 292 (Admin): Opposing challenge to grant of planning permission in the Cotswold Water Park.

Stratford on Avon District Council v David Wilson Homes and Others (2011): Successful enforcement of s106 obligation to provide financial contribution to community facilities.

Wiltshire Council v (1) Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and (2) Robert Hitchins Ltd [2010] EWHC 1009 (Admin): Disaggregation of housing land supply and the potential use of summary judgment in s.288 appeals.

R (on the application of Egerton) v Taunton Borough Council [2008] EWHC 2752 (Admin): The meaning of ‘curtilage’ in the context of the listed buildings legislation.

RECOMMENDATIONS                                                 

“A marvellous barrister”
He seamlessly combines in-depth knowledge, attention to detail, gravitas and charm.”
(Legal 500 2018)

"Brilliant with clients. He explains things well and has such gravitas."
"Very approachable, very thorough and a very good advocate."
(Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2018)

“well known for his expertise in planning matters”
(Legal 500 2017)

“He has strength of character, good judgement and strong client-handling skills”
(Legal 500 2016)

“very thorough in his research and insightful in his advice”
(Legal 500 2015).

“An approachable and supportive practitioner, who is superb in cross-examination”
(Legal 500 2014)

“an excellent advocate, and superb in cross-examination”
(Legal 500 2013)

‘very able and very knowledgeable on planning matters’
(Legal 500 2010)

“Paul Cairnes…is part of No5 Chambers exceptional planning and environmental law team” (Legal 500 2011).

Paul also featured as a top rated junior in Planning magazine (2013 - 2015) before taking Silk in 2016 and he now features as a top rated silk (2018).

Memberships & Qualifications                                                

LLB (U.C.W. Aberystwyth)
LLM in Public Law (Bristol University)
Accredited Mediator (BSPC Regent’s Park College)

Memberships                                                                          

Planning and Environmental Bar Association
The Bar European Group

As part of the No.5 Planning and Environmental Group Paul makes an active contribution to its seminar programme. He also provides in-house training on planning and environmental matters to Planning Consultancies and LPAs.