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Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council v. Food City Express Ltd [2008] WLR (D) 314 The licensing authority appealed by way of case stated against the decision of a magistrates' court to remit a case on the basis that the authority's discretion should have been exercised differently. When hearing the application to vary the licence the committee had waited ten minutes for the applicant to...
FTB is delighted to see that we have retained and improved our positions in the rankings in the Legal 500 2008 editions of our specialised practices areas in planning, environmental, administration and public law and licensing. We also had 14 individual new entries in the rankings this year. Comments include: Administrative and public law: "'Always clear with practical advice and assistance and a...
Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Planning and Regulation Committee of Oxfordshire County Council on 14th January 2008 rejected an application to register as a village green two of the filled-in gravel pits at Radley Lakes, near Abingdon.  The application had been prompted by the proposal by RWE Npower to use the Lakes to tip fly ash from nearby Didcot Power Station, which was vociferously resisted by local people. The...
Charles Mynors was today elected to the class of Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In addition to his work as an advocate and advisor, he has written a number of leading text books, including: Planning Applications and Appeals (1987) Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments (1989; The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedgerows (2002) His next book, The Control of...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has refused Thornfield Properties' application for permission for the demolition of the General Market Building at Smithfield. The City of London supported the application. Robert McCracken QC appeared for English Heritage at the Inquiry into the called in application. Timothy Comyn appeared for Network Rail.
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Robert McCracken QC has been nominated as Planning and Environment Silk of the Year for the Chambers Directory Awards, 2008  
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform have decided to grant permission to London Array Limited to build an onshore substation in Kent to serve the development of a 1,000 MW offshore wind farm of up to 271 turbines - the largest proposed offshore wind farm in the UK. The Secretaries of State concluded that although there would...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The London Borough of Richmond has made The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (Parking Places) (Supplementary Provisions) (Permits) Order 2007 and the (Amendment No.1) Order 2007 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which for the first time impose differential parking charges aimed to reduce CO2 emissions. This example has already been copied elsewhere in London. Richmond was advised...
Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Arches has allowed an appeal against a judgment of Chancellor George Pulman QC (sitting in the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Chelmsford) whereby he refused to grant a faculty for a 3G phone mast in a church tower on the basis that it would facilitate the transmission of pornography. The Court held that carrying out a balancing exercise - which involved taking into account the...
The Docklands Light Railway (Capacity Enhancement and 2012 Games Preparation) Order has been made by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry at which the promoter, DLR, was represented by Andrew Tait QC. The Order will allow three car trains to operate on the DLR network in time for the 2012 Olympics.

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