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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.

Gary Grant

New Report from Francis Taylor Building and Poppleston Allen Defines Legal Timeline of the COVID-19 Restrictions that Impacted the Hospitality Sector

In what is believed to be a sector first, today sees the national launch of a 50-page report covering the COVID-19 related legislative changes which affected the hospitality sector, from the start of restrictions to Step 4 of the Roadmap and the full re-opening of hospitality in July 2021. Read more

Michael Fry
Jonathan Welch

High Court Grants Urgent Interim Injunction to National Highways in Respect of the M25 Protests

The High Court has granted an interim injunction on an urgent basis to National Highways in National Highways Limited v Persons Unknown. Read more

Suzanne Ornsby QC

Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan Adopted

The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan, also known as “the VALP”, was submitted for examination in February 2018. Paul Clark MA(Oxon) MA(TRP) MRTPI MCMI was appointed as the independent Local Plan Inspector. Hearings were held over a number of weeks in July 2018 and April 2021. Read more


New Planning and Public Law Mentoring Scheme for Underrepresented Groups at the Bar

A partnership with the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), Cornerstone Barristers, Field Court, Francis Taylor Building, Kings Chambers and Landmark Chambers. Read more

Sarah Sackman
Alexander Greaves

Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan Found Sound and Adopted

The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan has been adopted following the examination into its soundness. The local plan and examination raised numerous complex issues in relation to the duty to co-operate, strategic housing and employment and infrastructure amongst other matters.   It aims to deliver approximately 40,000 new homes and 24,000 new jobs including over 7,000 new homes for its neighbouring authority, Luton Borough Council. Read more

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Dr Richard Caddell Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy

We are delighted that Dr Richard Caddell, a member of Francis Taylor Building’s Academic Panel has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (JIWLP), the leading peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of biodiversity law and policy. Read more

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021

FTB Receives Three Nominations for Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2021

Francis Taylor Building is delighted to receive three nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2021. Chambers has been nominated as Environment/Planning Set of the Year for the thirteenth time and as Client Service Set of the Year for the second time. Read more

Mark Westmoreland Smith
Ned Westaway
Charles Streeten
Horatio Waller

Mark Westmoreland Smith and Ned Westaway Appointed to Attorney General's A Panel of Approved Counsel, Charles Streeten to the B Panel and Horatio Waller to the C Panel

FTB is delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and Ned Westaway have been appointed to the Attorney General's A panel of approved counsel, Charles Streeten to the B panel and Horatio Waller to the C panel. The appointments take effect on 1 September 2021 for a period of five years. Read more

Hereward Phillpot QC
Hugh Flanagan

Challenge to Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review Dismissed

Mrs Justice Thornton has handed down judgment in Cherwell Development Watch Alliance v Cherwell District Council, dismissing the challenge to the adoption of the Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review. Read more

Ned Westaway
Esther Drabkin-Reiter

Supreme Court Judgment in CPRE Kent

The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the appeal on costs in planning statutory challenges in CPRE (Kent) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2021] UKSC 36 (judgment here and press summary here), for which permission to appeal was granted in March 2020 (see here).   Read more