Leanne Buckley-Thomson

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Leanne is a specialist Planning and Housing practitioner. She has been previously recognised in Planning Magazine’s Guide to Planning Lawyers and Law Survey as one of the top planning juniors under 35. She was also included in the Women of Influence 2018 list in the RTPI’s The Planner magazine.
Leanne regularly advises and represents developers, Local Planning Authorities and Rule 6 Parties on a broad range of planning matters including large residential developments, changes of use, stationing of mobile homes and caravans, development within residential curtilages and “granny annexes”, the interpretation and application of the Use Classes Order, Lawful Development Certificates, Assets of Community Value (ACVs), highways and Rights of Way. She has experience dealing with matters concerning Habitats Regulations and protected species. Recent work has included advising on planning policy making and interpretation of policy.
Leanne represents clients at all stages of the process and is well-versed in inquiry advocacy, including having worked on larger scale inquiries and statutory appeals to the High Court and above. Leanne also deals with matters of planning enforcement, both by way of enforcement notice and injunction, in a civil law context. In addition to representing parties at enforcement inquiries, Leanne also has experience advising and providing representation at Court for local authorities and Defendants in respect of:
- Injunctive action pursuant to section 187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972.
- Advising with regard to Direct Action and Stop Notices.
- Committals following breach of injunctions.
Leanne’s dual expertise as both a planning and housing barrister, and her general civil litigation experience, means that she is particularly equipped to advise and assist with injunctive proceedings in the County and High Court.
In addition to her instructions, as past Chair of the South Coast Young Planners Network Leanne remains an active member of the RTPI and is regularly invited to speak at seminars and to judge awards. She has recently filmed a segment for the RTPI’s project with Fun Kidz Radio “Agent Plan-IT” to encourage school aged children to engage with planning. As a qualified trainer, Leanne’s seminar and training extends to more bespoke packages of delivery for local authorities, businesses and other organisations.
“Her cross-examination gets results.” “She is thorough and meticulous, shows good attention to detail and is a good advocate.”
Chambers UK 2020
Notable Cases
R. (on the application of Hollings) v Bath and North East Somerset Council [2018] 5 WLUK 375
Successfully represented the Claimant in judicial review proceedings challenging a controversial grant of planning permission and listed building consent for development within the Bath World Heritage Site on heritage and other grounds.
Land west of Langford Brook and east of railway line, Gavray Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, [APP/C3105/W/17/3189611]
Up to 180 dwellings (main issue for the Council concerned policy interpretation of Bicester 13 which was resolved in our favour). 1 week inquiry.
Land at Great Glen, Leicestershire [APP/F2415/W/17/3167654]
Outline application for up to 170 dwellings (landscape impact, transport/highways, 5yrHLS, emerging NP). 5 day inquiry successfully representing the Rule 6 Party despite the LPA offering no evidence.
Land at Tewkesbury Road, Twigworth and Land at Innsworth, Gloucester [APP/G1630/W/16/3154464 and APP/G1630/W/16/3164033]
Conjoined appeals concerning an outline application for a mixed use development up to 725 dwellings and a local centre of comprising A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, D1, D2 uses and a primary school at Twigworth and an outline application for a mixed use development comprising up to 1,300 dwellings and 8.31 hectares of land for employment generating uses comprising A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, D1, D2, B1 and B8 uses and a primary school at Innsworth. Represented the Highways Authority assisting them in achieving a settled position with the Appellant during the course of Inquiry.
Land at Stoke Road, Bishops Cleeve [APP/G/1630/W/16/3149785]
Outline application for up to 265 dwellings, and associated A1 convenience retail store. 6 day inquiry representing the Parish Council. Appellant sought an adjournment on day 2, and costs were successfully obtained following a paper application.
Land at the Rear of 67 and 69 Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter [APP/X0415/C/17/3172814]
1 day Enforcement Notice appeal acting for the local planning authority (Grounds a, d, f and g). Change of use from agriculture to mixed use including residential and storage.
Land at Tall Trees, Chesham [APP/X0415/C/16/3150596]
2 day Enforcement Notice appeal acting for the local planning authority (all Grounds a to g). Change of use from residential (C3) to mixed use of residential and open storage (C3 and B8).
Kestrel Hydro v. Secretary of State CLG and Spelthorne Borough Council [2016] EWCA Civ 784
Successful defence on appeal of the Local Planning Authority’s pursuit of enforcement action; the juridical basis for Murfitt and Somak Travel; the extent of Bowring and also compliance of ground (F) appeals with Article 1 Protocol 1. Led by Scott Stemp.
Past Chair of the RTPI South Coast Young Planners Network Steering Group
LLB (Hons) Bristol
MSc FPC (Open)
BVC, Bristol Institute of Legal Practice
Civil and Commercial Mediator, ADR Group

Latest News & Publications

From the No5 Barristers Chambers Annual Local Planning Authority Webinar, Effective Performance at Appeal with Leanne Buckley-Thomson...

Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2021
Judgment in the case of Girling v East Suffolk Council [2020] 9 WLUK 348 was delivered on 1st October 2020 and it’s certainly one to add to your personal planning case book....

Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2020
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Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020