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Mark is a Partner in the Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory Team, and advises clients on a wide range of matters including applications and appeals, Certificates of Lawfulness, High Court challenges and Judicial Reviews, enforcement, s106 agreements, highways (s38/s278) and drainage (s104) agreements, footpath and other rights of way issues, village greens, compulsory purchase, and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Mark has acted for PLC housebuilders, SME developers, landowners and farmers.

Examples of cases in which Mark has been involved include:

  • Securing consent for a ‘Grand Designs’ style house under paragraph 80 of the NPPF (formerly paragraph 55) which allows consent to be granted for isolated homes in the countryside only if their design is of exceptional quality. Such consents are extremely rare;
  • Securing consent for a 1,000 cow dairy unit, after a 6 day public inquiry, despite significant opposition from national heritage bodies and an animal rights charity, and successfully defending the subsequent High Court challenge to the permission;
  • Involvement in various High Court cases, both challenging and defending decisions;
  • Acting as advocate at planning appeal hearings;
  • Acting on a variety of s106 Agreements and Undertakings, including for large scale residential schemes.