Alex Booth has a practice which encompasses all aspects of planning, infrastructure and compulsory purchase law. He regularly appears on behalf of private and public bodies in Examinations, Public Inquiries, the High Court and the Lands Tribunal; he has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Overseas he advises clients in Commonwealth jurisdictions where his experience includes having successfully brought judicial review proceedings in the Turks and Caicos Islands and acting for the Government of Bermuda in both compensation and constitutional litigation.
He is regularly instructed in connection with nationally significant infrastructure development, in which context he promoted the Covanta Resource Recovery Facility at Rookery South and more recently promoted The Thames Tideway Tunnel on behalf of Thames Water. He is currently instructed in promoting four separate Development Consent Order applications, including the Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and the Riverside Energy Park.
He is also instructed in respect of a broad spectrum of development promoted pursuant to the TCPA 1990 including residential, commercial and energy related schemes. In this regard he regularly appears in Section 78 and Local Plan proceedings, on behalf of a range of developer and planning authority clients. Current projects include acting on behalf of mining operators regarding quarrying in Surrey and promoting an Area Action Plan for the regeneration of Crewe Town Centre, as well as numerous Section 78 Inquiries.
As regards compulsory purchase, he has extensive experience and has successfully sought CPO powers in various different contexts; these include infrastructure (pipe lines and power stations) and regeneration (both commercial and residential). In addition, he regularly appears for landowners (both corporate and individuals) resisting compulsory purchase orders. Current instructions include the promotion of a series of compulsory purchase orders for regeneration of housing estates in London Boruogh of Merton.
He also specialises in valuation/compensation proceedings arising out of compulsory purchase. In this regard he acted for the GLA in a series of references to the Tribunal concerning the compulsory acquisition of land for the London 2012 Olympics, and is acting for claimants in a number of references relating to the acquisition of land for both Crossrail and Thameslink. He is also currently advising claimants in respect of proceedings related to HS2, and acting for the acquiring authority in connection with the Northern Line Extension.
Parliamentary work includes acting for parties petitioning against HS2, both in the Commons and in the Lords, and bringing proceedings pursuant to Special Parliamentary Procedure in respect of a contested Development Consent Order.
He is a member of the Planning & Environmental Bar, the Compulsory Purchase and National Infrastructure Planning Associations. He is an author of the National Infrastructure Planning Service.