Charlie Hopkins
Planning and environmental consultant

Cases and campaigns

Latest

Sheep in front of a quarry equipment.

  • BeST Shrewsbury—Advising BeST (Better Shrewsbury Transport), who are opposed to a £74 million road scheme in open countryside. BeST are supported by FoE, CPRE, The Green Party and Extinction Rebellion amongst others. A full planning application is expected to be lodged in the near future.
  • Woodsford Castle, Dorset—representing Knightsford Parish Council at a 6 day Appeal Inquiry opposing an extension to a sand and gravel quarry. Main issues involved the harm to a Grade 1 Listed Building, Woodsford Castle, which has links to Thomas Hardy, and adverse impacts on public Rights of Way.
  • A303 Stonehenge road scheme—highly controversial major infrastructure project, current estimated cost £1.7 billion (and rising). Acting for and advising the Stonehenge Alliance, supported by CPRE, FOE, Campaign for Better Transport, RESCUE and the British Archaeological Trust. Areas of concern include Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), impacts on the World Heritage Site, cost-benefit analysis, hydrogeology, noise and biodiversity. Hearings will take place through the summer of 2019.
  • Judicial review—Corbett v Cornwall Council [2019] EWHC 1022 (Admin)—successful challenge of a grant of planning permission to extend a holiday park in an Area of Great Landscape Value. Advised and assisted the Claimant.
  • Gower AONB, Swansea—advising group of local residents opposed to the development of 70 new dwellings within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Currently being considered for call-in by the Welsh Assembly.
  • Weymouth Peninsula—acting for local community group, Weyforward (https://weyforward.net), opposing £11m Council redevelopment scheme for the Peninsula area of Weymouth. Issues include traffic and transport sustainability, impacts on Conservation Area and listed buildings.
  • Judicial Review on the application of Harvey v Leighton Linslade Town Council CO/2538/2018—advised and assisted litigant in person challenging Town Council rent review of market traders’ terms and conditions. Main issue concerned Gunning principles re consultation requirements.
  • Farnborough, Hants—advised and assisted local community group regarding road scheme proposals to the A325 and A3011—concerns over air quality impacts, and impacts on local residents and businesses.
  • South Hams, Devon—advising local Community Partnership regarding a proposal to extend a touring park within the AONB. Issues involved HRA of possible impacts on the South Hams SAC and SSSIs.

Earlier cases and campaigns

Representation at public inquiries

Campaigners from the White Horse Alliance, Westbury.

Photo: Campaigners against the Westbury bypass successfully defeated their road scheme in 2009. Photo by kind permission of the White Horse Alliance.

Advisory work at public inquiries

Old rusty wheelbarrow on an allotment

Photo: I've helped a number of allotment societies to resist development schemes.

Planning advisory work

Court of Appeal, High Court cases, and other litigation

Beach huts, Swanage Bay

Photo: Legal challenges can make a long-term difference. "R v Carrick District Council ex parte Shelley" was part of a long-running campaign to make water companies dispose of sewage more responsibly, making beaches and bathing waters cleaner and safer.