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Merrow Golden

Merrow Golden

Year of call: 2014

Practice areas: Environment, Planning, Major Infrastructure Projects, Town and Village Greens and Open Space, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Rating, Local Government

Merrow Golden, Infrastructure

Transport and Works Act Schemes

Merrow has gained considerable experience of the Transport and Works Act procedure.  She represented the Ramblers at the 11-week Inquiry into the Proposed Network Rail (Essex and Others Level Crossing Reduction) Order (October 2017 – February 2019) and at the Inquiry into the Proposed Network Rail (Cambridgeshire Level Crossing Reduction) Order (November 2017-February 2018).

Merrow also represented Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Councils at the 7-week Inquiry into the Proposed Network Rail (Suffolk Level Crossing Reduction) Order (February – May 2018).

The decisions for both the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire orders have now been published: see here for Suffolk, and here for Cambridgeshire.  In relation to the Suffolk order, the Secretary of State decided to remove from the order all 8 of the crossings Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council objected to.  In relation to the Cambridgeshire order, the Secretary of State decided to remove from the order all 5 of the crossings the Ramblers objected to.  

Please note, Merrow expects to provide a webinar briefing on the outcome of the three Network Rail Level Crossing Reduction TWAOs, once all of the decisions have been published. If you would like to be notified of the details for this in due course, please e-mail Deirdre Mahon at deirdre.mahon@ftbchambers.co.uk.

Development Consent Orders

Merrow has gained experience of Development Consent Orders, including assisting in advising on the scope of statutory entry powers in relation to a highways DCO project.  More recently, she acted for ClientEarth (junior to Gregory Jones QC) in R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2021] EWCA Civ 43 - a challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to grant a development consent order for the development of two gas-fired power stations in Selby, North Yorkshire (permission to appeal has been granted by the Court of Appeal).  She has further advised in relation to the possible environmental impacts and the legality of environmental assessments of both prospective and granted DCOs.