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Charles Streeten
On 21 June 2019, the Mayor of London granted planning permission for a significant and controversial development, on land at the Kensington Forum Hotel, 97-109 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN. The scheme, designed by Simpson Haugh, included a 30 storey tower, which would have been the tallest in Kensington, and provided a 749 bed hotel and 402 residential units in South Kensington. However,...
Morag Ellis QC
Chambers is delighted that all three of our female planning silks have been included in The Planner’s Women of Influence 2020 list. Morag Ellis QC, Suzanne Ornsby QC and Saira Kabir Sheikh QC have all been recognised for their contribution to planning over the past two years. A panel of six judges assessed the nominations from readers of The Planner against five areas of influence: policy change...
Hugh Flanagan
The Secretary of State has confirmed the CPO for the A259 Littlehampton corridor road improvement scheme. The £25m scheme involves dualling a section of the A259 which runs through Littlehampton and surrounding areas on the south coast. The Inspector and Secretary of State agreed with West Sussex County Council, the acquiring authority, that the scheme was needed to improve journey times, reduce...
Richard Honey
Mr Justice Holgate has handed down judgment in Gladman Developments Ltd v SSHCLG & Corby BC & Uttlesford DC [2020] EWHC 518 (Admin), a rolled-up hearing in two linked challenges under s288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.  The Judge refused permission, concluding that all four issues were unarguable.  Gladman argued that it was a misinterpretation of the tilted balance in...
Michael Fry
Water and sewerage companies (known, with other types of utility companies, as “statutory undertakers”) have statutory power to enter land to lay pipes and alter existing pipes under the Water Industry Act 1991. Given the importance of water and sewerage, water companies have extensive powers of entry onto land – and in the event of an emergency, no notice of entry is required. It is rare for...
Ned Westaway
The Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Carnwath and Briggs) has granted permission to appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision in CPRE - Kent Branch v SSCLG [2019] EWCA Civ 1230; [2020] 1 WLR 352.  The case concerns the proper approach to costs that should be applied by the courts when refusing permission for public law challenges, in particular (i) should a second defendant and/or interested party...
Jeremy Phillips QC
Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel. Fitness and propriety has been a key element of Jeremy’s legal practice as a solicitor and, more recently, barrister over four decades and has formed a major element in many of his licensing cases. It was also central to his past role as a law firm...
Conor Fegan
The third inquiry into the proposed A5 Dual Carriageway between New Buildings to Aughnacloy has opened today.  The proposed scheme is the largest road scheme ever to be considered in Northern Ireland and is expected to cost c. £1 billion.  The inquiry will take place in two stages — the first stage, which will address environmental issues, opens today and will last for four days; the second stage...
Merrow Golden
Mrs Justice Lang DBE has granted permission to Marianne Bennett (a member of the campaign group Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole), for judicial review proceedings against Cumbria County Council’s decision on 31 October 2019 to ratify its previous resolution to grant planning permission (on 19 March 2019) for the development of a new underground metallurgical coal mine in Whitehaven, Cumbria. This...
Gregory Jones QC
Lord Justice Lewison has refused permission to appeal the decision of Mr CMG Ockleton, sitting as a Deputy High Court judge to refuse permission to proceed with judicial review of a purported decision of Lambeth Council relating to the Westminster Bridge Regeneration Scheme. The hearing in the high court lasted a day (refer to previous news item). The Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project...

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