Guthrie McGruer Partner
“Guthrie McGruer often represents major residential developers, public sector bodies and corporations in contentious planning matters, including judicial reviews. Also offers expertise in Section 106 agreements and CPO matters.”
“Leading Individual and Partner specialising in planning, environmental and non-contentious construction work.”
Head of the firm's Planning team based in Oxford, Guthrie undertakes advocacy in planning inquiries and is skilled in negotiating consents with planning authorities.
Main areas of practice
His expertise extends to both contentious and non-contentious areas including drafting complex planning and highway agreements, High Court challenges, advising on environmental impact assessments and specialist knowledge of compulsory purchase procedures.
Guthrie acts for developers, land owners and local authorities.
Social housing: negotiates planning consents, drafts planning agreements and has broad experience in general property and development work. He has close contacts with several leading planning chambers in London and acts for a wide range of commercial clients. He also has experience of enforcement matters and is fully conversant with listed buildings and conservation areas.
Articles/seminars: regularly contributes articles to the media and gives seminars.
“A "clued-up" solicitor with in-depth knowledge of the UK planning process.”
Success for Blake Morgan in Judicial Review challenge to a Town and Village Greens Application: Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited v Wiltshire Council  EWHC 1704 (Admin)
Blake Morgan acted for Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited in a successful judicial review case against Wiltshire Council.
One of the common complaints of having up to 1000 television channels to watch is that there is nothing ever worth watching. So it was last night as I idly flicked though Sky's current offering in search of entertainment after a hard day at the office.
Like many local authorities in the South East, Eastleigh Borough Council has a bit of a problem in establishing a 5 year housing land supply as required by the NPPF.
Related Knowledge & Resources
Local authorities will be pleased to note that the Court of Appeal accepts that they only have to consider planning issues when presented with a planning application.
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.
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.