James Matthews

James is happy to advise on all aspects of planning law. He has extensive experience of the planning system, including participation in public inquiries and many High Court actions

Planning issues normally arise because:

  • a planning permission is to be sought for a change of use;

  • the local authority are threatening action because of an alleged breach of planning control;

  • or there is an objection to a planning application which has been made by the owner of the neighbouring property.


Dealing effectively with the local authority in respect of any of these matters requires an understanding of the planning system. Successful outcomes often depend on interpretation of national, regional and local policies, and the relevant law, and working with other disciplines such as surveyors to put the client’s case.

If matters cannot be solved by an application for permission then an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate may be necessary. In some cases planning issues can only be resolved in court.