Philip Williams is representing campaigners involved in “Quarry at Tirpentwys” public inquiry, which started on 15th January 2019. They are local residents who are against the scheme as it will lead to the loss of ancient woodland. Peakman Ltd and Torfaen Council, the other parties to the case, are represented by leading and junior counsel. The public inquiry is before a planning inspector and is due to last 3 weeks. The matter is being reported by BBC Wales and South Wales Argus.
Philip Williams has an established practice in Planning and Environmental law, following his degree in Ecology where he spent time researching flora and fauna as well as the impact of human development in the Rainforest of Southern Trinidad. Currently Philip advises NGO’s on the implementation of sustainable development policies. Philip often acts against local authorities at inquiries and hearings; he has also acted on behalf of several landowners. Often Planning law is one of a multitude of complex legal issues faced by his clients, and Philip excels at identifying legal solutions. He has acted on several cases involving local authorities against gypsy encampments; his legally creative tactics combined with technical analysis provide solid advice in these situations. Philip has an ever expanding High Court practice in this area and has been involved in several Judicial Reviews.
Members of 33 Bedford Row Chambers have extensive experience in Planning and Environmental law.
Some of our planning barristers have responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into planning guidance.