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Chris Tofts

Partner

  01872 265100
  planning@stephens-scown.co.uk

Chris is a Partner and head of the Planning team in Truro with a wide range and depth of planning experience, covering all matters from managing applications for very large mineral sites to dealing with enforcement notices in respect of residential development.

He qualified in September 2007 and has significant experience in minerals, waste and ‘natural resources’ planning whilst also dealing with the more usual planning matters such as drafting s106 agreements and applying for Certificates of Lawfulness. Chris has also appeared in the Magistrates’ Courts and the County Court in planning matters as well as at Planning Inquiries.

Chris acts for defendants in planning and other regulatory prosecutions having previously advised the Cornwall Council on its enforcement notices and prosecutions.  He has advised on bespoke developments including Penzance Harbour, Newquay Cornwall Airport, the regeneration of Hayle and Energy from Waste. He has specialist knowledge on environmental matters including EIA, Appropriate Assessment and European Protected Species.

Chris also has expertise in dealing with highways issues, including: the legal creation of highways, Stopping Up Orders, footpath Orders, the Advance Payments Code, s38 and s278 agreements.

He also advises on a Compulsory Purchase Orders, Modification Orders, Compensation, Certificates of Appropriate Alternative Development and the Mines (Working Facilities And Support) Act 1966.

Chris often works with colleagues in the Mining and Minerals, Marine, Environment and Rural sectors.

Chris has a degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering and was an Air Engineering Officer on 771 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose before qualifying as a solicitor in 2007. Chris enjoys days at the beach with his four sons and sailing.

Recommended Lawyer - Legal 500 2016. Legal 500 is an independent guide to the legal profession who recognises top lawyers.

Notable practitioner - Chambers 2018.  Independent guide to the legal profession.

Chambers 2019 - "exceptionally bright, with a savage attention for detail," and add that "he is always on hand to help."

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