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News and Resources

Below is a selection of news items, case notes, articles, books and papers authored by members of Chambers.

There is also a separate Archive of Inspector’s Reports in respect of applications to register new town or village greens.

Michael Humphries QC
Isabella Tafur

Secretary of State Grants First Ever Airport DCO at Manston in Kent

The Secretary of State for Transport has today granted development consent for the first Airport examined under the Planning Act 2008 regime. His decision paves the way for the reopening and development of Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, as a proposed dedicated air freight facility handling up to 10,000 air cargo movements per year. Read more

Richard Honey
Annabel Graham Paul

Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul Join PEBA Committee

Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul have joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association. With the Coronavirus-related challenges to planning decision-making at all levels, and the wide-ranging proposals for reform of the planning system and environmental governance, they are both looking forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities ahead. Read more

Gary Grant

Gary Grant Advising Volteface on Hemp Cultivation and CBD

Gary Grant, a member of FTB’s new Cannabis Law team, has been instructed to advise Volteface, the leading UK drug-harm reduction organisation, in relation to their newly launched Pleasant Lands campaign.  Read more

Jeremy Phillips QC
Michael Fry

Jeremy Phillips QC and Michael Fry act on Major Casino Due Diligence

It has recently been announced on the website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that a very substantial proposed acquisition and associated reverse takeover involving a new listing application relating to the parent company of one of London’s elite casinos, Les Ambassadeurs, has been terminated. Read more

Richard Honey

Business and Planning Bill Published

The Government has published the Business and Planning Bill 2019-21. The Bill contains in Part 3 proposed legislation to address some of the consequences of the covid-19 outbreak, including the modification of conditions relating to construction working hours and the extension of the duration of planning permissions. Richard Honey was instructed by MHCLG Legal Advisers to advise on these elements of the proposed legislation and related guidance, especially the European environmental law aspects, during the development of the proposals from April through to June 2020. Read more

Sutton Trust

FTB Partners with The Sutton Trust on its Pathways to Law Programme

Francis Taylor Building is pleased to be working in partnership with The Sutton Trust on its Pathways to Law Programme. Read more

Meyric Lewis

London Parks and Gardens Trust Challenges Decision Making Arrangements for Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre Call-in Application

The London Parks and Gardens Trust, a rule 6 party in the forthcoming inquiry into the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre call-in inquiry, is seeking a declaration in a judicial review that regulation 64(2) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2017 fails properly to transpose the requirements of article 9a of Directive 2011/92/EU (as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU) on environmental impact assessment. Read more

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC

Obligations for Disclosure of Viability Informative and Role of Representations at Committee Clarified by High Court

R(Holborn Studios) v LB Hackney [2020] EWHC 1509 (Admin), Dove J Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC represented LB Hackney in this challenge to the grant of planning permission for the redevelopment of Holborn Studios. Dove J considered the disclosure requirements for viability information provided in the course of a planning application in the light of updated guidance in the NPPG and held that it superseded the ruling in R(Perry) which had offered broad discretion to local authorities to withhold information provided by developers. Dove J also rejected a challenge to the decision based upon the Council’s Planning Code for Councillors, holding that the opportunity to make representations at Committee ensured there was no prejudice to objectors. Read more

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC

High Court Finds Challenge to Informative on CLEUD Inappropriate for Judicial Review Because of Adequate Alternative Remedy

R(QM Developments) v Warrington BC [2020] EWHC 1511 (Admin), Dove J. The High Court has decided that an informative added to a CLEUD, relating to requirements in a land remediation condition which had not been complied with, could not be challenged by way of judicial review.  Dove J accepted the argument of Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC for Warrington BC that the ability of the Claimant to appeal against the contents of the Certificate were an adequate alternative remedy and that the informative was not justiciable through an application for judicial review. Read more

Craig Howell Williams QC
Douglas Edwards QC
Charles Merrett

Tall Building Proposal - Appeal Refused on Design and Heritage Grounds by Secretary of State

Meyer Homes appealed against the decision of The Royal Borough of Greenwich to refuse an application for planning permission for the construction of a 27 storey building (1,056sqm of commercial floorspace at ground and first floor, 206 residential units at upper floors) and the construction of buildings between 9 and 16 storeys (1,793sqm of commercial floorspace at ground floor and 598 residential units at upper floors), both with associated ancillary development. The appeal was recovered by the Secretary of State and heard at a public inquiry lasting six days. Read more

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