Adrian Noviss

Contact details

02380 857 431

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 an Associate 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)).



Prior to joining Blake Morgan, Adrian worked in-house for London Borough legal departments for over 9 years including 4 years as a litigation and planning solicitor at the South London Legal Partnership, a shared legal service acting for 4 London Boroughs. He qualified as a solicitor in 2012 having previously undertaken the Bar Vocational Course in 2007. Adrian has an LLB from the University of Durham and also attended the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands on an Erasmus exchange programme.

Contact details

02380 857 431

  • Full Member of Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management (IPROW)
  • Member of United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)

Insights by Adrian


19 May - Adrian Noviss

Local authorities are looking at ways to avoid delaying planning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. To remove the need for planning committee approval, some local authorities have sought to amend...

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18 February - Adrian Noviss

A recent planning inspector's decision involving a Facebook post highlights the wide range of dating evidence that can be relied on to prove that unauthorised development is immune from planning...

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4 February - Adrian Noviss

Last summer we reported on the problems that fears over nitrates pollution in the Solent Area was causing to housebuilding in Hampshire with five councils putting planning applications for new...

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