Brian Ash QC

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The main areas of Brian Ash QC’s practice are in the fields of planning, compulsory purchase and highway law; together with the broad range of environmental, public law and judicial review cases, appearing in the Lands Tribunal, the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords.

Appearances at a substantial number and variety of planning inquiries including; Stansted T4, Heathrow T5, London Heliport, numerous regional or local airport aviation and other proposals, Manchester sub-regional shopping, many superstore, retail warehousing and other retail schemes (including proposals in Northern Ireland), Cambridge new settlements, London Bridge major office development on Thames frontage near Tower Bridge, new opera house at Tower Bridge. Numerous structure plan, local plan and UDP inquiries representing the plan-making authority or objectors or supporters.

Appearances at several of the major highways inquiries including, M25 line and compulsory purchase orders and M25, M20, M3 and M40 MSAS.

Appearances at numerous CPO inquiries, such as Royal Docks, Bristol Temple Meads, Trafford Park Village CPO. Numerous town centre redevelopment CPOs, including Dorchester, Tunbridge Wells, Staines, Derby, Lichfield, Chester and Gloucester Quays.

Advising Sunderland arc regeneration company on large scale proposals for the redevelopment of strategic sites in Sunderland City Centre including the promotion at a public inquiry of a mixed-use scheme on the ‘Vaux’ site.

Advising Greenwich Council as host borough for the 2012 Olympics Games at the O2 site at Greenwich Peninsula, the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich Common and Greenwich Royal Park on the progress of planning applications and associated legal matters.

Environment, Planning & Property

  • Chas Storer Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Anor – May 2009, Planning appeals – High Court.
  • R (on the application of Umo) v Commissioner for Local Administration in England – Nov 2003, Education law, Judicial review.
  • Railtrack v Guiness PLC – Feb 2003, Compulsory purchase.
  • Peel Investments, RAF Finningley – Jan 2003, Planning inquiries.
  • Christchurch Borough Council v Berkeley Homes Ltd – Nov 2002, Planning appeals – High Court.
  • R (on the application of Medway Council and others) v Secretary of State for Transport – Nov 2002, Planning appeals – High Court, Judicial review, Aviation.
  • Maxhuni (R on the application of) v Commissioner for Local Administration in England – Jul 2002, Judicial review.
  • R (on the application of Doy) v Commissioner for Local Administration – Apr 2001, Judicial review.
  • R v Rochdale MBC ex p Milne – Jul 2000, Environmental impact assessment, Planning appeals – High Court.
  • Tesco Stores Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions – May 2000, Planning appeals – High Court.
  • R v Local Government Commissioner ex p. Liverpool CC – Feb 1999, Local government bodies.


“An excellent advocate, particularly for CPO matters; his cross-examination is very effective .” Legal 500 2015

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