“X never, ever marks the spot”

(Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Lucasfilm/Paramount)

Having now settled in to the planning team at No 5 Barristers Chambers (based in London) it’s about time I made like Indy in the Map Room of the lost city of Tanis (above) and brushed some dust off…

I make no comment on whether this blog will let you use the Staff of Ra to find the Well of Souls (and there the Ark of the Covenant) but what you will be able to do is find comment and observations on developments in planning law, planning policy/guidance and similar matters.

Check back soon.


Even More Assets of Community Value

Listing of Assets of Community Value is moving in to another gear.  More than ever seem to be getting listed, more Review Hearings seem to be happening and there’s murmurings in the High Court about ACVs too.

If you’d like to know a bit more about ACVs (or if you’d just like to pop along, say hi, have a cuppa and a biscuit and make that really is a photo of me over there –>) then why not drop in to one of Civic Voice’s ACV events?

Fresh from my latest ACV Review Hearing (concerning a heritage railway and a car park – check back for another blog post shortly) I’ll be in Bristol (29th March) and London (17th April) talking all things ACV, public involvement in planning, Direct Public Access to instructing barristers and even a little bit of Judicial Review.

So come say hello, have some tea and settle down to some great Asset of Community Value stuff.

See you then!


Assets of Community Value

What’s this?  Another blog post so soon?

Well, after telling you about all the fabulous opportunities to come and say hi, I thought you might like to know about another blog.

Recently launched is our Assets of Community Value blog.  Why not check it out?

You’ll get blog posts related to all things ACV from me and others in Chambers.  So if you’re interested in finding out about developments in the field of Assets of Community Value head on over and sign up.

Oh, and if you’re in York on 5th November you can pop over to the Mansion House – the whole team will be there, talking on Town and Village Greens, Assets of Community Value and Rights of Way.  We know how to mix it up.  Oh yes.


Get Away From Your Computer

I know it’s been a while since I’ve been sat at mine writing blogs for you all.  It’s because you’ve all been keeping me astonishingly busy with a phenomenal volume of work (for which I am very grateful – thank you all very much!).  But a side effect is that I just can’t get back to blogging as much as I would like.

Hang on – you lot aren’t keeping me occupied just so I don’t put up posts on here, are you?

So it’s an odd thing for me to get back to blogging and the first thing I say is ‘get away from your computer’.  Why would I say that?

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