Peter acts for a wide range of clients including developers, house builders, retailers, construction companies, local authorities, government agencies, financial institutions, telecommunications companies and utility undertakings.
He is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Treasury Counsel and sits on the committee of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association. He has extensive experience appearing in Court and at public inquiries in respect of a broad range of matters. He regularly features in lists of highly rated planning counsel and has been described as “a very mature junior with a sound legal mind who is very thorough and a good tactician” (Chambers UK 2008).
Peter Goatley is widely recognised as an exceptionally capable and diligent junior. He is particularly revered in the context of highway-related matters, and recently acted for the Highways Agency in successfully resisting proposals for a motorway service area on the M42. ( Chambers UK 2010).
Planning Appeals and Development Plan Inquiries
- Retail (food and non-food)
- Residential development
- Telecommunications installations
- Listed buildings
- Motorway service areas
- Industrial development
- Transport and Works Act inquiries into major infrastructure projects
- Compulsory purchase and compensation
- Highways, including inquiries relating to road schemes, motorway service areas and footpaths
- Planning enforcement
- Water industry consents
- Proceedings under the Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Abatement notice appeals
Lands Tribunal Proceedings
Judicial Review and statutory appeals
Parliamentary Boundary Commission Inquiries
Peter is regularly listed in both Planning magazine’s annual Legal Survey and Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession as one of the highest rated planning barristers in England and Wales.
R (on the application of Holding and Barnes plc and Alconbury Developments Limited) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions  UKHL 23;  2 AC 295;  2 WLR 1389;  2 All ER 929 (the application of the Human Rights Act 1998 to the planning system)
Varey v United Kingdom (2000) 30 EHRR CD39; Times, January 30 2001 (breach of rights under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights)
Staffordshire County Council v Riley and others  EWCA Civ 257;  PLCR 5; (the commencement of development in minerals matters)
Stirk v Bridgnorth District Council (1997) 73 P and CR 439 (quashing a local plan)
Member of the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association
MA (Oxon). Formerly a partner in a medium sized commercial solicitors practice