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Megan Thomas has practised in town and country planning and environmental law since qualifying as a barrister in 1987. She has a thorough knowledge and understanding of planning law and is also a decision maker in planning appeals. She is favoured by clients for finding the most practical solution to a planning or environmental problem and for being persuasive and succinct as an advocate.

She has recently advised and appeared for Severn Trent Water Ltd in the first public inquiry under the Environmental Damage (Prevention & Remediation) Regulations 2009 following a pollution incident affecting land and water in a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The main ecological issue was whether or not there was a site integrity effect.

She has particular expertise in housing matters, having participated in many house building planning inquiries and having advised several local planning authorities on their 5-year land supply, Strategic Housing Market Assessments and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments. She can advise on all typical planning considerations such as nature conservation particularly Ancient Woodland, hydrogeology, heritage, traffic management, landscape character and appearance, design, noise, outlook and light issues.

She has experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as in Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court matters. She is known for giving realistic advice in relation to judicial review challenges. She is particularly familiar with Environmental Impact Assessment issues, Conservation issues and Development Plan issues. She has also appeared in Parliament petitioning against infrastructure bills. She has seconded as an in-house environmental and planning solicitor for local authorities where she gained a valuable insight into the workings of local government and particular expertise in negotiating section 106 agreements and advising on injunctions, prosecutions, advertisements, noise nuisance and other enforcement issues.

Megan has also recently acted in a Village Green Registration inquiry where she acted on behalf of the applicants for the Green. There were three different landowners on the application site and the main issue was whether or not the landowners had maintained fences and erected keep-out signs during the 20 year user period.

Throughout her career at the Bar she has advised on Compulsory Purchase and Compensation issues appearing at public inquiries into CPOs including highway schemes and appearing in the Upper Tribunal on compensation issues.

She is a member of the Eastern Caribbean Bar and has recently appeared in the British Virgin Islands High Court and Court of Appeal on environmental judicial review matters. Megan was called to the Eastern Caribbean Bar in 2008

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