Tim Leader

Year of Call: 1994

Inn: Middle Temple

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Tim appears regularly at public inquiries and has handled all kinds of proposals, including those for housing development (with a focus on those raising issues relating to the need for housing and housing land supply), employment, retail, listed building waste and minerals matters.

Other aspects of his practice include:

  • Working closely with and advising local authorities on the preparation of local plans and appearing on behalf of local authorities and developers at examinations in public.
  • Promoting town centre redevelopment and sustainable urban extensions, including through the making of compulsory purchase orders.
  • Gypsy and traveller planning applications, appeals and enforcement, including injunctions (focusing on human rights and discrimination issues and the assessment of need).
  • Advising on and appearing at public inquiries into sensitive development affecting Green Belt, SPAs, SACs, listed buildings, registered historic parks and garden, conservation areas and windfarm development.
  • Negotiation and re-negotiation of section 106 agreements.
  • Planning enforcement: injunctions, stop notices, “direct action” under s.178 of the 1990 Act and enforcement appeals.
  • Town and village greens, and commons.
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation on behalf of developers, land owners and local authorities.

Tim’s local government practice focuses on:

  • Environmental protection (especially EPA 1990)
  • Creation of shared services
  • Licensing and state aid
  • Local authority modernization
  • Local government reorganisation
  • Local authority contracting and housing
  • Procurement
  • Vires issues

Professional memberships:

  •  Royal Town Planning Institute

Qualifications & awards:

  • University of Birmingham, BSc (Hons) Geography 1982; University of Sheffield, MA Town and Regional Planning 1985;  University of Warwick Business School, Master of Public Administration 2007. MRTPI