Practice Summary

Robert White’s areas of expertise include all aspects of planning, compulsory purchase, environmental, administrative and local government law. He is ranked as a leading junior in planning law by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Robert is a dual-qualified barrister in both England and Wales and also in New South Wales, Australia.

Robert undertakes inquiry work for local authorities, for private sector clients and for amenity societies throughout England and Wales. He has recently appeared at major inquiries into large scale retail proposals at York, new football stadia (including Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Barnet FC), the South Downs National Park Inquiry and the large housing proposals by George Wimpey UK Ltd. He is currently advising landowners hoping to secure major green belt releases for development at the East of England EIP.

He also regularly appears at compulsory purchase and road inquiries for both promoting authority and statutory objector. He promoted the Sunderland (Southern Radial Route) CPO and the Rugby Western Relief Road CPO. He advised, amongst others, Friends of the Earth at the A303 (Stonehenge) Road Inquiry.

He appeared for Leicester City Council and Hammerson UK Plc at the Retail CPO Inquiry into the extension of Leicester City Shires West Shopping Centre, and advised a statutory objector to the Liverpool Paradise Street CPO.

Robert is also experienced in valuation matters/compensation claims referred to the Lands Tribunal for determination. He is currently retained by a landowner involved in a long-standing compensation claim against Union Rail over the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Robert undertakes judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the fields of planning and environmental law. His experience of such work is listed under the heading “Cases of Note”. His most important cases are Mount Cook v. Westminster City Council [CA], a lead authority on alternative sites, and the leading case on costs at the permission stage of judicial review, Martin Grant Homes v. Wealden District Council [CA], the power of the LPA to abandon its local plan, and Medway Council v. Secretary of State for Transport, the judicial review of the Government’s decision to exclude LGW from the options for new runways in the South East.

He has specialist knowledge of the law relating to village greens and sits as an inspector in village green inquiries. Recent inquiries include those at Vale of Glamorgan, Harrietsham, Daventry, Cardiff, Swansea and Cambridgeshire.

Appointed Inspector to hold Village Green Inquiries – December 2000
Member of NPFA Land Protection and Planning Committee

1989-1992 London School of Economics LLB


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