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Ward Hadaway

Work 0191 204 4000
Fax 0191 204 4001
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Robin Atkin

Work +44 (0)191 204 4127
Ward Hadaway

Work Department





Robin specialises in planning, village green, highways and compulsory purchase work.

He represents a broad range of clients including residential and commercial developers, estates, public sector organisations and private individuals.

Robin is also an integral member of the property development team supporting colleagues on the planning aspects of development agreements including contracts, options and leases.

He is widely recognised as an expert in planning issues including regular advice on the interpretation of planning permissions, advice regarding certificates of lawful use, drafting and negotiation of Section 106 Agreements and other more general planning advice.

Robin also has a particular specialism in village green and highways matters (specifically public rights of way) and has advised numerous landowners/developers regarding their landholding and how best to seek to prevent applications arising for village green or modifications to the definitive map. He has acted for major house builders and major landowning estates in seeking to resist village green applications made over considerable areas of land with development potential, such matters often proceeding to inquiry and involving novel points of law.

Robin has also acted for a statutory utility in making a number of compulsory purchase orders along the Northumberland Coast and acted at an inquiry in seeking the confirmation of the orders, one of which involved the special parliamentary procedure.

North: Real estate


Within: Environment

Ward Hadaway handles environmental and waste management issues alongside transactional and development instructions concerning opencast, quarry and landfill operations as well as energy-from-waste and effluent treatment works. Recently, the team advised a client on the restoration of a former colliery site by the use of inert waste as infill. ‘Very good’ team head Neil Robson, who is also rated as being ‘calm and good with clients’, acts for various public and private sector clients including waste contractors John Warren (Animal By-Products) and Emerald Biogas, as well as Northumberland National Park and various housebuilders. Other key individuals include head of licensing and regulation Stephen Graham, who handles environmental litigation alongside health and safety and regulatory compliance mandates, planning expert Robin Atkin and commercial partner Colin Hewitt.

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Within: Planning

Ward Hadaway’s ‘excellent knowledge and level of service’ translates into a steady of flow of contentious and non-contentious instructions, which frequently play into the team’s key strength of assisting national housebuilders with residential development matters. Recently, Robin Atkin, who jointly heads the team with Neil Robson, advised the North West division of the Barratt Group and David Wilson Homes on a number of Section 106 agreements and their implications for the planning and development of 2854 homes. Atkin also excels in village green and highway matters, and acted for St Modwen Developments in defence of a village green application concerning the client’s proposed residential and leisure development. In other work, he advised Story Homes on matters pertaining to a diversion of a public footpath running across a development site in Crawcrook. Associate and commercial and transactional planning law expert Nick Gholkar assisted two landowners with the application for mineral extracting and auger mining at Druridge Bay on the Northumberland coast, and advised Darlington Borough Council - in its capacity as landowner - on a garden village development near Darlington town centre. West Cumbria Mining instructed Kamran Hyder to assist with the planning application for the development of an existing surface mine entrance for a new metallurgical coal mine.

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