Environmental & Planning Inquiries

Planning & Environmental Inquiries

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers planning and environmental team regularly appear at public inquiries and hearings for developers, local authorities and third party objectors. Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers are regularly instructed in large scale residential developments across the country. Our barristers appear for interested persons in the development plan process.

Our planning & environmental inquiries experience

Planning & environmental inquiries, attendances at examinations in public and parliamentary bills (including HS2), acting for all the major house builders, major infrastructure inquires (DCO’s) and promoting and objecting local plan inquiries.

Significant cases in which our barristers have been instructed include:

  • Carlyon Bay Footpath Modification Order, relating to the proposed regeneration of Carlyon Bay, which is a 50 acre brownfield site with planning permission for a beachside resort and residential community.
  • Barnsley Local Plan, concerning the Local Plan process relating to release of land in the Green Belt for housing and employment development.
  • the Birmingham Plan, 4 week examination into the Birmingham Plan (which provides for the future of the largest local authority area in Europe).
  • Save Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society, objecting to the redevelopment of Smithfield market.

Who to contact

Andrew Poyser

Andrew Poyser is the Deputy Senior Clerk for the Planning & Environmental Inquiries team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Andrew PoyserEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1190


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 669


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Brian Ash QC

Brian Ash QC

Call: 1975 Silk: 1990

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Peter Village QC

Peter Village QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

Rory Dunlop QC

Rory Dunlop QC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2019

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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