Adrian Noviss Senior Solicitor

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“We’ve really gone through such a terrible time and your professionalism and caring approach has meant more to us than I can honestly express in a simple email.”

MR C. Fleet
Adrian is a Senior Solicitor specialising in planning and highways law. Based in our Southampton office, he acts for a range of public and private sector clients.

Main areas of practice

He is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious planning matters. He negotiates and drafts section 106 planning agreements and deeds of variation and advises on a range of planning issues including:

  • Town & Village Greens and Metropolitan Commons;
  • Listed Buildings;
  • Planning enforcement;
  • Outdoor advertising and fly-posting under the Control of Advertisements Regulations;
  • Permitted development rights;
  • Compliance with planning conditions;
  • Change of use enquiries;
  • Tree preservation orders.

Adrian's highways practice consists of advising on all aspects of highways and public rights of way including their existence, creation and classification. He has significant experience in acting for local highway authorities in both contentious and non-contentious matters. In particular, Adrian's extensive expertise in highways and public rights of way includes:

  • Drafting section 38 and section 278 highway agreements;
  • Dealing with stopping up orders;
  • Handling all aspects of the definitive map modification order process including: investigating and assessing applications, drafting recommendations, drafting orders and notices and drafting representations to the Planning Inspectorate;
  • Advising on maintenance and drainage issues;
  • Advising on the effects of NERCA on rights of way for mechanically propelled vehicles;
  • Highways protection and enforcement matters;
  • Advising on vehicular crossover (dropped-kerb) applications;
  • Judicial and statutory review.


Adrian acts for a range of clients including developers, housing associations, local authorities and landowners.

Significant experience 

Having previously worked as a litigation and planning lawyer for London Borough planning and highway authorities, Adrian has an intuitive understanding of the different perspectives and requirements of private and public sector clients and is well placed to use his experience to obtain successful outcomes for his clients.

Other expertise

Adrian also has significant experience advising on watercourses including public rights of navigation and mooring. Prior to joining Blake Morgan, Adrian created innovative byelaws to regulate mooring on the River Thames and successfully obtained convictions with the byelaws, defeating an appeal brought on human rights grounds (Akerman v Richmond LBC [2017] EWHC 84 (Admin)).


Adrian’s Blog

CIL Commencement Notices and the Consequences of Failure - but is Relief in Sight?

A recent High Court case serves as a useful reminder to developers of the strict procedural requirements of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and the potentially severe consequences if they fail to comply.

Display of Advertisements and Discontinuance Notices

We look at a recent case that has helped clarify how local planning authorities ("LPAs") should exercise their powers when serving discontinuance notices requiring the removal of an advertisement that has deemed consent.

Articles by Adrian

Extension of permitted development rights for change of use of agricultural buildings to residential use


Rural estate owners wishing to diversify by converting derelict farm buildings will welcome recent changes to permitted development rights which came into force on 6 April 2018.

NERCA and the List of Streets Exception


Our expert looks at the case of Trail Riders Fellowship v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other cases that involving the application of the exceptions.

A Reminder of the extent of a highway


A Court of Appeal decision in Southwark LBC v Transport for London provides a useful reminder of the vertical extent of a highway authority's legal interest in an adopted highway. Our expert explains the case.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Consultation on 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice for service charges in commercial property

On 25 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a consultation on the 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property.

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it

In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be.

NERCA and the List of Streets Exception

Our expert looks at the case of Trail Riders Fellowship v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other cases that involving the application of the exceptions.