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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...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 26 January 2009, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued her decision on five competing applications for large housing scheme on or close to the southern edge of Derby. The applications were considered at a conjoined public inquiry of six month duration, ending in January 2007. The Secretary of State concluded that there was an urgent need to release land for housing...
A claimant has been granted permission to challenge at the High Court a decision made by the Haverhill Pubwatch Scheme, which saw him excluded from all licensed premises in the town of Haverhill, Suffolk. Thomas Cross, of FTB, is acting on behalf of the claimant, Mr. Frank Boyle, who will challenge the lawfulness of his ban as well as the decision making process that led to it. This is the first...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An advertising company judicially reviewed action taken by Lambeth LBC to remove an unlawful advertisement. The claim, which was dismissed, decided a wide range of issues including: that the powers to serve a notice to remove an advertisement under the s.225 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and s.11 of the London Local Authorities Act 1995 is to be considered as a "planning enforcement"...
Chambers congratulate Paul Hardy, door tenant and former Member of Chambers, on his appointment to the senior position of Counsel for European Legislation at the House of Commons. Paul takes up his appointment on 9 February 2009.
FTB is delighted that former member of Chambers Roy Vandermeer QC received an OBE in the New Year Honours. Mr. Vandermeer received his OBE for voluntary service to the community in Hertfordshire.
In accordance with our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality and in order to support charitable causes, FTB sent their Christmas greetings by email and gave the money saved to the Access to Justice Foundation. For a little festive fun we also attached a quiz. Many were returned, several had the correct answers, but the one pulled from the hat was completed by Ian Fletcher, Planning Project...
Gregory Jones QC
The High Court has quashed the decision of Natural England to confirm part of a SSSI on the Suffolk coast. A judicial review challenge was brought by a Suffolk resident against the decision of Natural England to notify cliffs and sea defences in front of his home a site of special scientific interest. Mr Justice Blair in R (Boggis) v. Natural England [2008] EWHC 2954 (Admin) held that the...
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Hague v. Warwick District Council (2008) A Planning Inspector has erred in concluding that the only reason that land had been excluded from a green belt area was administrative convenience, and had erred in concluding that exceptional circumstances existed the necessitated a change to the classification of the land so as to include it in the green belt. Robin Purchas QC, Francis Taylor Building,...
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