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Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been refused on appeal for a cluster of three 100m wind turbines in South Devon. The inspector concluded that the scale of the turbines would have an unacceptable effect on the local landscape character and views from local roads and footpaths. He also concluded that the development would harm the setting of the listed Church of St Peter at Buckland tout Saints by...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building (FTB - the Chambers of Robin Purchas QC) is delighted that Craig Howell Williams and Richard Glover are now Queen's Counsel following the ceremony on Monday 30th March 2009. Craig Howell Williams QC is known for his exceptional skills in the field of planning and environment law. He has considerable experience in a wide variety of cases, representing developers and...
On 30 March 2009 the Secretary of State for Transport decided to make the Nottingham Express Transit System Order (with modifications) to authorise construction and operation of Phase Two of NET, consisting of two extensions to Park and Ride sites at Clifton and Chilwell respectively, and directed that planning permission be granted. On the same day the Secretary of State for Communities and...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided to confirm the designation of the South Downs National Park, broadly in the form sought by Natural England.  The national park will include areas such as the Western Weald, the A3 corridor, the Rother Valley, Lewes and Ditchling which were in the original designation but which the inspector had originally recommended be...
Following a 9 day public inquiry, the Inspector (Mr Alan Evans) has recommended rejection by the Registration Authority, York City Council, of an application to register a new village green land at Germany Beck, Fulford consisting of a field and former allotments and forming the proposed access to a 700 dwelling development permitted following call-in by the Secretary of State in 2007. The 107-...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In recent weeks two important new village green reports have been published. The first concerned an application to register land at Rydens Way, Woking. The Inspector recommended that the application be rejected. In the report, which considered the extensive evidence and the wide range of issues raised during a lengthy inquiry, the Inspector reached a conclusion on the difficult question whether...
The High Court in Palm Developments Ltd. v. Secretary of State recently reviewed the law on tree preservation orders, and clarified the scope of woodland orders. In the process, Cranston J clarified the definition of a "tree" for the purposes of the Planning Act (it includes a sapling, at any age; but not a shrub or scrub), and confirmed that a woodland order does operate to protect trees coming...
Outdoor advertising performs a vital role in the promotion of new goods and services, and can brighten up depressed urban areas. But in the wrong place, it can spoil towns and cities and, perhaps especially, ruin attractive countryside. However, the control of advertising is an area of the law that has become highly technical, not least because of the numerous decisions of the courts in the last...
On 6 February 2009 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed the City of Manchester (Miles Platting Neighbourhood) Compulsory Purchase Order 2007, a regeneration CPO under s.226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended. The Order Lands consisted of seven separate areas, together covering 19.8 hectares, lying 3 kilometres north east of Manchester City...
On 11 February 2009 a Select Committee of the House of Lords, following a seven day opposed hearing, allowed the Bill to proceed, notwithstanding petitions from the Association of Norfolk Parish Councils and a number of individual petitioners. The Bill would amend the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988, and make changes in respect of the constitution, jurisdiction and financial arrangements of...

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