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Cain Ormondroyd
A ratepayer has secured a large refund of rates by establishing that it was not in rateable occupation when the rates were paid.  Another party was in occupation of other parts of the premises.  In Atos IT Services Ltd v Fylde BC [2020] EWHC 647 (QB) the High Court ruled that this meant that neither party was in rateable occupation, and as such the ratepayer was entitled to a refund in principle...
Douglas Edwards QC
On 9 April 2020, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government dismissed an appeal against the refusal of planning permission by South Cambridgeshire District Council for a large business park proposed for the Agri-tech sector on open farmland near Hinxton. The scheme was promoted as an opportunity to provide a substantial amount - 112,000 sq.m. - of new floorspace for...
Ned Westaway
The Court of Appeal has remotely handed down its first electronic-only planning judgment under the Covid-19 Protocol: Hook v SSHCLG [2020] EWCA Civ 486. The case related to the decision of a planning inspector to refuse an appeal relating to an application made under s.73A for the erection of an occupational worker's dwelling “ancillary to use of the land for agricultural purposes”.  The problem...
Mark Westmoreland Smith
On 20 March 2020 the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy granted development consent for the construction and operation of a new 22.5km 132kv electrical circuit between SP Manweb’s existing substations at Oswestry and Wem in North Shropshire, following an examination and a report recommending the grant of development consent. Mark Westmoreland Smith acted for SP...
Caroline Daly
Following hearing sessions over the winter, the Inspector examining Eastleigh Borough Council’s Local Plan has recommended to the Council that it deletes the Strategic Growth Option (SGO) in the Plan. The SGO, proposed to be located at land north of Bishopstoke and north and east of Fair Oak, sought the allocation of approximately 5300 homes and an associated link road in close proximity to the...
Michael Brett
FTB is delighted to announce that Michael Brendan Brett has accepted an invitation to join Chambers with immediate effect.   MichaelBrett.jpg Michael Brendan Brett Year of call; 2017 Before joining Chambers, Michael practised as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. His work advising the Department for Transport and Department for Business,...
Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2020.  With 13 silks and 14 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  Top rated silks are Morag Ellis QC, Michael Humphries QC, Hereward Phillpot QC, James Pereira QC, Alexander Booth QC, Andrew Tait QC, Simon Bird QC, Douglas Edwards QC, Craig Howell...
Richard Honey
The new third edition of Gadsden & Cousins on Commons and Greens has just been published by Sweet & Maxwell as part of its Property and Conveyancing Library series.  The book explains what qualifies as a village green or common land and the rights and responsibilities that follow from such a classification.  It discusses what is and is not permitted on common land and village greens under...
Gregory Jones QC
Gregory Jones QC has assisted Crystal Palace Football Club in gaining planning approval for its £20million academy redevelopment.  The site - located a couple of minutes down Copers Cope Road from the first team training base in Beckenham - will see the redevelopment of onsite buildings as well as the construction of a new covered full-size 3G synthetic pitch, for all-weather use. There will also...
Gary Grant
18 March 2020 The current situation The coronavirus has led to challenges unseen during peace-time. The licensing world is far from immune.  On Monday, 16 March 2020 the Prime Minister advised the population to stop visiting pubs, bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants in order to promote social-distancing and so, for a period, help to suppress infection rates. There was no indication when these...

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