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Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Master of the Rolls sitting with Lord Justice Carnwath and Lord Justice Maurice Kay has decided that in principle waste lubricating oil can after processing be burnt as a non waste fuel. This is an important victory for OSS in its sruggle to be able to continue the reprocessing of the large quantities of lubricating oil which it collects, processes and then makes available as fuel. The...
Gregory Jones QC
In what appears possibly to be a first the Crossrail Select Committee has recommended that the Secretary of State pay half the costs (engineering consultants and legal fees) incurred by AMP Limited, a mail distributor company based in Woolwich, in reaching a settlement which led to proposal AP/3 of the Crossrail Bill. The initial Crossrail proposal would have placed a shaft in the centre of the...
We are pleased to announce that Keith Lindblom QC was announced as the Highest Rated Planning Silk 2007 in the Planning Magazine Planning Survey 2007. Francis Taylor Building featured heavily in the rankings with a total of ten silks making it into the Highest Rated Planning Silks rankings; nine members were named in the Highest Rated Juniors 2007 and five members named in the Highest Rated...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a Public Inquiry, an Inspector has recommended Gloucestershire County Council refuse an application to register land at Newent as a village green. The land in question, measuring some 4.5 hectares, is owned by Robert Hitchins Ltd. and is allocated for housing in the Development Plan. A planning application had been submitted to the local planning authority, seeking permission for...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Michael Humphries QC and Hereward Phillpot are currently appearing for BAA Ltd and Stansted Airport Ltd at the planning inquiry into the next phase of Stansted Airport's growth. This project, known as Generation 1 (G1), seeks to vary two planning conditions so as to allow the airport's single runway capacity to rise from 25 million passengers per annum to 35 million passengers per annum. The...
The High Court has held that a local authority was entitled to adopt a local plan including particular land within the green belt without having regard to key policies in Planning Policy Guidance 2.
The planning inspectors' reports into the South Cambridgeshire District Council Development Control Policies Document and the Northstowe Area Action Plan have been received and both documents have been found to be sound. The Development Control Policies Document is a key part of the Local Development Framework (LDF), it covers a wide range of topics including housing, jobs, travel, the natural...
Gregory Jones QC
Re Henry v. Veterans Agency Mr. Hendry served in the Light Infantry. On 12 March 1997 whilst on service in Northern Ireland he was seriously injured in a road traffic incident involving an armoured personnal carrier. Following a claim for negligence and settlement against the MOD in 14 February 2002 Mr. Hendry received an agreed amount for £470,000. On 12 August 2004 the Veterans Agency notified...
Gregory Jones QC
A couple whose house is 100 metres from Alton Towers failed in their High Court bid to turn down the volume coming from the theme park. A deputy district judge had imposed the maximum fine of £5000 and imposed an abatement order under s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Tussauds' appeal to the Crown Court resulted in the fine being cut to £3,500 and the order was made less strict,...
Gregory Jones QC
R (on the application of Griffiths) v Lewisham College [2007] All ER (D) 297; Queens Bench Division (Administrative Court) The defendant, a further education college, was incorporated under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The claimant challenged the decision to expel from the college for permission to seek Judicial Review. At a rolled-up hearing the College argued that it was not...

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