Martin specialises in all aspects of Planning Law, with a particular emphasis on Infrastructure, Judicial Review and Major residential proposals, including new settlement proposals and urban extensions. Martin is consistently recognised as one of the leading Planning Barrister’s in the UK by the development industry. Martin’s experience includes:
Infrastructure and Energy
Martin has extensive experience of a variety of large scale Infrastructure projects, including NSIP’s, and has appeared on numerous occasions at DCO hearings. Amongst others, Martin has worked extensively on Nuclear power proposals (including at Hinckley Point, Wyllfa and Sellafield), proposed Airport runway extensions (including Heathrow and Birmingham Airports) and Rail freight interchange’s (including Helioslough and East Midlands). Martin was the first QC to be appointed by PINS to provide advice and advocacy services on behalf of an Examining Panel when appointed to assist the Thames Tideway Super Sewer Examining Panel.In addition, Martin has extensive experience of road infrastructure, electricity connectivity, gas storage and ports.
Judicial Review and Statutory Appeals
In the course of the last year Martin has appeared in three leading Supreme Court cases related to Public / Planning / Compulsory Purchase Law Issues. In addition he has been involved in High Court / Court of Appeal proceedings related to Public Law issues of a variety of different kinds. Issues have included the interpretation of National and Local Planning Policy, Compulsory Purchase legal and related valuation issues and public benefits funded by development projects.
Martin has been involved in the consideration and presentation of over 15 separate petitions in the HS2 parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Residential and Commercial proposals
Martin has extensive experience of advising house builders, promotion companies, investors and landowners on major mixed use, residential and commercial schemes. Martin has advised on a number of new settlement proposals of up to 12,000 new dwellings and frequently advises on mixed use schemes of in excess of 1,000 new dwellings and large scale proposals in London. Many of these schemes include issues such as new rail and road infrastructure, heritage, landscape and green belt issues.
Martin has promoted a number of large scale employment schemes, including large scale distribution depots, and a number of Motorway Service Area’s, including obtaining consent for the recently opened Gloucester Services MSA; the only MSA to be granted Planning permissions without the need to go to appeal.
Many of these schemes are promoted through the local plan process, and Martin has appeared at a large number of examination’s in public in recent years.
Martin has advised on, and acted as advocate, on a number of large scale minerals proposals. Experience includes Aggregates, Open cast coal, Fullers Earth and Minerals Local Plan Inquiries. Recently Martin was involved in obtaining planning permission for one of the world’s largest Potash extraction proposals within a National Park.
“An exceptional barrister who is a delight to work with.” “One of his generation’s top advocates.” “His knowledge knows no bounds”
Chambers UK 2019
“Martin is the doyen of strategic planning advisers. He has a compelling overview and quick wits” “Analytical, incisive, dynamic”
Legal 500 2019
Assistant Chairman of the Agricultural Lands Tribunal
Assistant Commissioner of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission
Member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association