A planning team from the Birmingham office of global law firm Squire Sanders recently acted for Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management in overturning a legal challenge relating to planning permission for an 800-home development worth £200 million at Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Stratford-upon-Avon District Council had initially refused to grant planning permission for the proposals made by Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management in 2011. Bloor Homes appealed the decision and a Government Planning Inspector held a Public Inquiry early in 2012, which resulted in the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government upholding Bloor’s appeal and granting planning permission for the Shottery development. Despite this decision, Stratford-upon-Avon District Council launched a legal challenge, which was recently heard at Birmingham High Court by Mr Justice Hickinbottom, who rejected the Council’s appeal.
Martin Walker from the Planning team at Squire Sanders commented: “Shottery is a major site of strategic importance to our clients and we are pleased to have brought such a significant piece of litigation to a successful conclusion.”
Martin Walker was supported by planning solicitor Sophie Taylor. Squire Sanders instructed Tom Hill QC of 39 Essex St to defend the Council’s legal challenge.
Squire Sanders’ planning team is best known for advising on regeneration projects and residential developments. The team has extensive experience of contentious planning and has regularly acted on Judicial Reviews for clients such as Bloor Homes. Last year the team successfully defeated an attempt by local residents to challenge Rugby Council’s Core Strategy which allocated one of Bloor’s sites for a housing development.