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Christian Leigh

Associate Lecturer of Planning Law

Christian Leigh photo Oct 21


Christian is a town planning consultant in active planning practice, with over 25 years’ experience of town and country planning.

His clients include developers and housebuilders, commercial companies, solicitors and householders. He provides advice to rural estates across the South East of England and a number of the large London Estates including Grosvenor’s Belgravia Estate. The work undertaken includes all aspects of planning from site appraisals, applications, appeals, enforcement and lawfulness, and he has appeared at Land Tribunals and provided evidence for the High Court in land disputes.

In addition to private clients, Christian has for 20 years been an Inspector for the Planning Inspectorate, an Executive Agency of the Government, with a specialism in design and historic environment. His work for the Inspectorate sees him resolve disputes and determine planning appeals across England.

His work with the Henley Business School brings practical experience in the real world of planning to students, and how this links to planning law and practice.


MPhil Environmental Planning, University of Reading

BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Reading

Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute


How to appeal against a refusal of planning permission, Peculiarity Press 2020

How to object to a planning application or planning appeal, Peculiarity Press, 2020