Expert Witness and Historic Building/Conservation Area Consultancy Services
by David Lewis
Conservation Area and Historic Building Expert advice followed by Proofs
of Evidence and presentation associated with the Public Inquiry following
Planning Refusal for Conservation Area Consent for Demolition of existing
buildings and refusal of planning consent for the erection of a proposed
residential development within the Granville Road Conservation Area, Sevenoaks,
Kent. Peel Holdings (South) appointed David Lewis on the recommendation
of the Planning Consultants, Cunnane Town Planning. The Q.C. was Brian
Scottish & Newcastle had been unable to obtain planning permission
for an eighty six bedroom hotel on a landmark site on London Road in Nottingham
and had lodged an appeal against the refusal. We were subsequently appointed
by Scottish & Newcastle on the advice of Chapman Warren, Planning
Consultants, to advise on a proposed Appeal and also to prepare new designs
which would satisfy a very stringent planning authority with the hope
of obtaining Planning Permission. Planning permission was obtained in
just over three months following our appointment enabling the Appeal to
We are currently advising Great Portland Estates on sensitive design issues
in Westminster associated with Conservation Areas. We have also prepared
the Justification Statement to accompany the Planning Application.
We provided expert advice to Clients, including Six Continents Retail
Ltd (fomerly Bass Retail) with reference to proposals by Manchester City
Council for the design of Exchange Square as part of the redevelopment
of Manchester City Centre after the I.R.A. bomb, in order to ensure that
our Clients' interests were fully protected.
Expert advice was provided to the solicitor owner of Belmont Hall in Staffordshire
following concerns about poor workmanship and detailing when parts of
the Palladian Villa were re-roofed.
We provided Expert Witness Services in the Wakefield v. Crossfield case
concerning Asbestos in an old industrial building converted to modern
use and rented to a client by Wakefield City Council. Wakefield City Council,
the Plaintiffs, agreed to settle out of court in favour of our clients
following the submission of our Expert Proof of Evidence. The solicitors
who appointed us were Hartley & Worstenholme.
We were recently appointed by Romulus Construction Ltd. on the recommendation
of Cunnane Town Planning to provide Expert Witness services for a public
inquiry in connection with a proposed office development in the Hammersmith
Broadway Conservation Area. We advised that minor alterations to the design
may well overcome planning objections. Following implementation of the
design changes and negotiations with planning officers the scheme was
re-presented and obtained Planning Permission in October 2000 so avoiding
a costly Public Inquiry.
Expert consultancy and preparation of the Justification Statement to accompany
a Planning Application for converting a Brewing Tower dated 1830 to apartments
within a Conservation Area in Sheffield involving controversial partial
demolition. This forms part of a major redevelopment. Planning Permission
was granted in July 2001.. Client:- J.F. Finnegan, Sheffield.
Expert Consultancy and Preparation of Proofs of Evidence for a Public
Inquiry regarding redeveloping and Extending Britannia House, Beadon Street,
Hammersmith, adjacent to the Hammersmith and Broadway Conservation Area.
The Planning Authority has now indicated its willingness to accept the
Proof of Evidence and grant Planning Permission. The Appeal has therefore
been deferred awaiting the outcome. Client :- Romulus Construction Ltd,