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Residential

"No5 Barristers' Chambers is truly a very professional chambers and always provides excellent service."

Legal 500 2023

"No5 Barristers' Chambers is a good set. The KCs and the juniors are very able, and the clerking is exceptional."

Legal 500 2023

"No5 has a wealth of talent and expertise."

Chambers UK 2023

"The clerking is very good and very accessible at all levels. They are always keen to help."

Chambers UK 2018

For more than half a century, No5 Barristers’ Chambers has enjoyed a reputation for hosting some of the finest advocates at the Planning Bar and residential development has always been one of our core areas of practice.

Members of the group have advised on some of the largest residential proposals in the country, including proposed new town settlements at Alconbury, Cranbrook, Harlow, Northstowe, Plasdwr, Sherford, and Wixams. Future new settlements members are presently advising on include schemes in Bedford, Oxford, Bristol, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Harlow and Harrogate.

We have helped define the law surrounding residential development having been involved in a number of the most important court cases in recent times. Cases include Richborough Estates Partnership LLP and another v Cheshire East Borough Council [2017] UKSC 37, Tesco v Dundee (Tesco Stores Ltd v Dundee City Council [2012] UKSC 13) and BDW Trading Ltd Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2017] PTSR 1337.

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Members of the group offer advisory services of the highest legal quality, whilst always being solution driven and mindful of the commercial reality or political complexity of any given project. We often find ourselves promoting and opposing schemes that are going through the Local Development Plan process, the appeal process, providing advocacy services at Local Plan Examination Hearings, Public Inquiries, Informal Hearings and at Planning Committees.

We regularly act on behalf of housebuilders, strategic land promoters, landowners, homeowners, Local Authorities and third parties in relation to all residential proposals, from the largest regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments through to obtaining planning permission for single dwellings.

Members have extensive knowledge of all issues that can arise within the promotion of a housing scheme, including: heritage, listed buildings and conservation, education, ecology, habitats and arboriculture, housing land supply, affordable housing, Green Belt and AONB, environmental impacts (including flood risk, nutrients, designated sites, ancient woodland), landscape, design, highways, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), planning obligations / conditions and National design Space Standards (NDSS).

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Residential Barristers

Peter Goatley KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2020

Richard Humphreys KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2006

Paul Cairnes KC

Call 1980 | Silk 2016

Richard Kimblin KC

Call 1998 | Silk 2016

Christopher Young KC

Call 1997 | Silk 2018

Hugh Richards

Call 1992

Scott Stemp

Call 2000

Jack Smyth

Call 2007

Rowena Meager

Call 2007

Jessica Allen

Call 2019

Sioned Davies

Call 2019

Paul Cairnes KC

Call 1980 | Silk 2016

Residential Clerks

Andrew Bisbey

Practice Director, Planning & Environment, Director of Clerking

Marc Forrest-Thomas

Practice Manager, Planning & Environment

Natasha Clark

Planning and Environment Clerk

Related News, Resources and Events

Publications


High Court quashes permission granted under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (R (on the application of Parkview Homes) v Chichester District Council)

This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 22/01/2021. Planning analysis: The High Court quashed a decision to grant a planning permission under section 73…

News


Agricultural barn conversion to dwellinghouse under prior notice approval regulations allowed on appeal

Kevin Leigh recently helped a client obtain prior approval on appeal for a barn conversion to a dwellinghouse in the green belt in Epping, Essex….

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Planning Permission granted for residential housing in Shepshed, Leicestershire

In a letter dated 20th December 2012, the Inspector resolved to grant outline planning permission for the development. Prior to and during the inquiry a…

Clerk Team

Andrew Bisbey

Practice Director, Planning & Environment, Director of Clerking

andrewb@no5.com

07732 055798

Marc Forrest-Thomas

Practice Manager, Planning & Environment

marct@no5.com

Natasha Clark

Planning and Environment Clerk

natashac@no5.com

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