Sabah Siddiq Sabah Siddiq
Consultant Solicitor - Planning Team

Sabah joined Setfords recently and has over 10 years experience on advising on a number of complex town and country planning matters, ranging from contentious and non-contentious matters.  Sabah has mainly worked for local authorities in Buckinghamshire and South-West of London. 

Sabah specialises in the following:

  • Advising on all planning, policy and development issues to public and private sector clients
  • Advising, negotiating and drafting  Section 106 Agreements covering wide range of developments including Affordable Housing provisions and viabilities issues
  • Advising local authorities on their Local Plans, Area Action Plans, Neighbourhood Planning (lead legal officer on landmark case of R (on application of Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum v Wycombe District Council [2014])
  • CIL Regulations
  • Planning/Enforcement Appeals, Judicial Reviews and Section 288 TCPA 1990 challenges
  • Enforcement, Lawful Development Use and Permitted Development advice
  • Advising on planning prosecutions and attending Magistrate Court on behalf of local authorities
  • High Court Injunction under s187B of the TCPA 1990
  • Attending and advising on Planning Committees and Code of Conduct issues to both members and planning officers
  • Local Government Practice and Procedures
  • Advising and drafting Footpath Diversion Orders under TCPA 1990 

Recent Experience

  • Lead officer on R (on application of Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum v Wycombe District Council [2014]), where court of appeal upheld the Council’s decision to exclude two key strategic sites from the neighbourhood area application, as the sites were fairly advanced in the planning stage where planning permission had been granted and those sites.   
  • Successfully negotiated  withdrawal of judicial review proceedings involving a national retailer NEXT and EDEN Shopping centre, which allowed one of first business model of NEXT, providing home, garden and clothes all under one roof to go ahead and be bult, providing much needed emplyment in the area.
  • Advising on complex legal point on an appeal of refusal of certificate of lawful application, where the Council issued Notice of Refusal on the basis that it issued breach of condition notice, preventing the use becoming lawful.  The applicant a week before the inquiry withdraw it’s appeal and the Council’s were awarded partial costs.

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