Tim Sheppard - Planning & Environment
Tim practices in planning, environmental and administrative law, including judicial review. He acts for local authorities, developers and residents' associations and undertakes voluntary work on behalf of Planning Aid. He represents clients in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and at planning appeals. In addition, Tim has experience of major public inquiries and multi-party appeals. He has advised and represented clients in the following:
Planning and other Appeals - residential, employment, green belt, listed buildings and conservation areas, AONBs, flooding, nature conservation, viability, residential amenity and renewable energy development
Environment - proceedings under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, statutory nuisance, abatement notice appeals
Enforcement - injunctions, enforcement notice appeals, prosecutions
Highways - stopping up orders, footpaths
Judicial Review and Statutory Review- challenging and defending local authority and other Government decisions.
Tim has been rated as: "an exceptional advocate who consistently delivers. He's very approachable and puts witnesses at ease" (Chambers UK 2018); “a great advocate, very measured, not overly dramatic but appropriately assertive" (Chambers UK 2017) and “excellent in his cross-examination and in his summation of the issues in a case” (Chambers UK 2016).
Tim is a regular speaker at Chambers’ and other events and has appeared on BBC Radio and Legal TV.
LLM (Public Law), U.C.L
BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Edinburgh
Tim is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association and the Employment Law Bar Association
R (OAO Harvey) v Mendip District Council  EWCA Civ 1784:
Instructed by the DC in Judicial Review proceedings, which centred on the correct interpretation of planning policy.
Instructed by North West Leicestershire District Council in successful defence of appeal against the refusal of an application for up to 216 homes in a green wedge.
BFP Developments LLP v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and ors CO/1890/2015: Instructed in successful challenge to decision of Secretary of State to dismiss appeal in relation to an application for up to 126 dwellings and associated infrastructure.
Instructed by Mendip District Council to resist appeal by Aggregate Industries Ltd against refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of a wind farm comprising 4 wind turbines and associated infrastructure.
Instructed by Turners (Brittania Parks) Ltd in successful appeal against refusal of Winchester City Council to grant lawful development certificate for use of land for sitting of caravans.
Instructed by Hallam Land Management Ltd and lead by Ian Dove Q.C. (as he was) in relation to appeal against refusal by Aylesbury Vale District Council to grant planning permission for B1 employment development, up to 120 new homes and a park and ride facility.
Instructed by West Leicestershire District Council in successful defence of enforcement notice at appeal, which related to a material change of use of agricultural land.
Derbyshire Wind Energy Limited v North East Derbyshire D C & Derbyshire Dales DC  P.A.D. 32: Heritage property; Landscape; Living conditions; Noise; Planning permission; Renewable Energy; Wildlife; Wind Farms. Ran successful noise and wildlife arguments on behalf of the local residents group.
The BARD Campaign and David Bliss and Secretary of State for the Communities and Local Government and WESTON FRONT  EWHC 308 Admin: High Court challenge to Government’s Eco-Town proposals. Instructed by Interested Party, obtained Protective Costs Award.
Instructed by Miller Homes Ltd, David Wilson Homes Ltd and Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd and lead by Ian Dove Q.C. in relation to successful appeal into 1200 housing unit development at Highfields Farm, South of Derby. Part of 5 conjoined appeals.