Howard Leithead

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Howard specialises in Planning and Environmental Law, having completed his pupillage under the supervision of Richard Kimblin QC in 2017.
Howard is a busy court and inquiry advocate who appears in a range of courts and tribunals from magistrates’ courts to the High Court.
He regularly acts for and advises a wide range of clients including local authorities, developers, campaign groups, local residents, and private individuals, both in his own right and with more senior members of the Group.
Recently, Howard has been involved in:
- Advertising control
- Appeals against conviction for breach of enforcement notices
- Appeals to the High Court against enforcement notices
- Planning Enforcement Orders
- Section 215 notices
- Warrants to enter land under section 196B
- Injunction relating to a gypsy site
- Prosecutions for breach of enforcement notices and listed building enforcement notices
- Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
Recent appeals (all against enforcement notices):
- Land at Elgar Coaches, Lightwood Lane, Cotheridge, APP/J1860/C/17/3187661 (665)
- Land at Watercress Farm, Bristol Road, Wraxhall, APP/D0121/C/18/3194965 (994/995)
- Mythe Bridge House, Tewkesbury, Worcestershire, APP/J1860/X/3171996
- Appeals to the Secretary of State after refusal of planning permission
- Judicial review claims (including being instructed by HM Government in matters relating to the Heathrow Third Runway Project)
- Compulsory purchase negotiation
- Development in conservation areas
- Interpretation and implementation of planning permissions and listed building consents
- Implications of planning permissions granted by mistake
- Interpretation of conditions
- Section 106 agreements
- Lawful development certificates
- Permitted development rights in relation to proposed domestic and agricultural developments
- Article 4 directions
- Powers of a local planning authority to appropriate land
- Rights to light and other easements impeding development
- Habitats Regulations
Recent appeals:
- Land at Clack Hill, Kettering Road, Market Harborough, APP/F2415/W/17/3190327, acted for local planning authority and the appellant withdrew its appeal shortly before the Inquiry was scheduled to take place (landscape and visual impact, five-year housing land supply)
- William Sutton Estate, Cale Street, London, APP/K5600/W/17/3177810, Secretary of State decision (heritage, design, effect on character and appearance of the area, viability)
- Land south of High Street, Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, APP/Q3115/W17/3182192, led by Jeremy Cahill QC (landscape and visual impact, sustainable travel, highways, educational provision)
- Land at Foxley Lane, Binfield, Berkshire, APP/R0335/W/17/3177088, led by Christopher Young QC (landscape and visual impact, objectively assessed housing need, five-year housing land supply, affordable housing, heritage, agricultural land, highways, sustainability, air quality and impact on a Special Protection Area (SPA))
- Land to the north of Oaks Road, Great Glen, Leicester, APP/F2415/W/17/3167654 (landscape and visual impact, five-year housing land supply, sustainable travel, drainage and flooding)
- Land at Daw Mill Colliery, Arley, North Warwickshire, APP/R3705/W/16/3149827, led by Christopher Young QC, Secretary of State decision (Green Belt, landscape and visual impact, ecology, noise, tranquillity, restoration plan, employment land)
- Land south east of Warwick Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, APP/F2415/W/16/3152485 (educational provision, sustainable travel)
- Appeal to the Secretary of State after refusal of an environmental permit
- Statutory nuisance claims
Recent appeal:
- Nine Mile Point Industrial Estate, Cwmfelinfach, Caerphilly, ENV/3172985 (air quality)
- Application to discharge an injunction in the High Court relating to a construction dispute
Further Experience
Howard regularly writes articles and gives papers at seminars and conferences on topical matters in planning and environmental law.
He has also been involved in training professional witnesses for planning inquiries.
Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
Lightfoot Prize, University of Cambridge
Senior Scholarship and Tripos Prize, Trinity College, Cambridge
Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA)
Inner Temple
GDL and BPTC, City University, London
MPhil, Trinity College, Cambridge (Distinction)
BA (Hons), Trinity College, Cambridge (First Class)

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