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Francis Taylor Building are delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and James Neill have accepted invitations to join Chambers. They join us on 1st October 2007, after successfully completing a 12 month pupillage with us. Both Mark and James have already built up planning, environmental, licensing and local government practices and we are confident that they will fit in well with our...
The Mayor of London has confirmed the Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging Order 2006. This road charging order, aimed to improve local air quality by discouraging the use in Greater London of the most individually polluting diesel engines (generally HGVs, buses, coaches, heavier LGVs and minibuses) will come into operation on various dates for different types of vehicles, beginning February...
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 25th July the Olympic Park was handed over from the London Development Agency, which had acquired the land by CPO, to the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is in the course of seeking details planning permissions. Guy Roots QC, Richard Glover and James Pereira (instructed by Eversheds) acted for the LDA on the compulsory purchase. Robin Purchas QC and Andrew Tait QC (instructed by Berwin...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretaries of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Communities and Local Government have granted planning permission to Thames Water to develop the UK's first major desalination plant on part of the site of the existing Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in East London. The proposal was supported by the local planning authority but was the subject of a direction from the...
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.

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