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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.

TWAO success for Barking Riverside Extension

Following a public inquiry held in late 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport decided on 4 August 2017 to make a Transport and Works Act Order to allow the construction and operation of a new railway (the Barking Riverside Extension or BRE) to serve the Barking Riverside development area. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Appointment to Welsh Government’s Panel of Queen’s Counsel Announced

Gregory Jones QC has been appointed to the Panel of Queen’s Counsel for the Welsh Government.   In announcing the appointments Counsel General to the Welsh Government, Mick Antoniw said, “I know that the very experienced and talented Counsel who have been successful in being appointed to the Panel will give the Welsh Government access to an independent pool of considerable legal expertise and experience across the breadth of Welsh Government activity.”   Jones has most recently acted  for the Welsh Government in connection with its plans for the M4 corridor around Newport.  This appointment does not affect Mr Jones’s ability to accept instructions from other clients in England & Wales .   Read more

RICS President’s Mediation Panel

Craig Howell Williams QC has been a member of the RICS President’s Mediation Panel since 2010. That appointment has been confirmed by the RICS following re-assessment by reference to RICS criteria. The purpose of the re-assessment was to ensure that panellists maintain their knowledge and skills and are able to reflect the high standard expected by the RICS. In giving its endorsement the assessment panel commented that Craig was “excellent” and “highly professional”. Read more

Deregistration of Part of Haven Green in Ealing Confirmed After Inquiry

An inspector has allowed an application under s.16 of the Commons Act 2006 by Ealing London Borough Council (“the Council”) to deregister common land on which the Council constructed a public cycle hub in 2012 (PINS ref. COM3154071).  He concluded that deregistration would not have an adverse impact on public access, landscape or nature conservation and that the cycle hub was a well-used facility allowing bicycles to be parked in an orderly manner that benefitted the appearance of Haven Green and the surrounding area. Read more

Gerald Gouriet QC

Application to Judicially Review Knowsley Borough Council’s Intended Use Policy

A Liverpool Taxi firm (Delta Merseyside Limited), and also Uber Britannia Limited, have brought a judicial review of Knowsley Council’s taxi policy.  The policy imposes a geographical limitation on where licensed drivers may operate, which the claimants say is unlawful. Read more

Powerday Skip and Waste Container Transport Operation Appeal Dismissed

Powerday Skip and Waste Container Transport Operation Appeal Dismissed. The appeal was brought by Powerday PLC against the London Borough of Hillingdon against an enforcement notice issued by the council for breaches of planning control for the material change of use of land to a Skip & Waste Container Transport Operation.  The notice was concerned with the night time operation.  The day time operation was not considered objectionable by the Council. Read more

Chancepixies Loses High Court bid to Overturn Grant of Dog Breeder’s Licence

On 26/7/17 Garnham J rejected an attempt by Chancepixies (an animal charity) to judicially review the grant by North Kesteven District Council of a licence under The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 to Little Rascals; a large commercial breeding establishment (CBE). James Rankin of Francis Taylor Building appeared for the local authority.  Read more

R (on application of Alexander Muir) –v- Wandsworth Borough Council

In a judgment handed down on 28 July 2017 Mrs Justice LANG declared that a purported disposal by way of a 15 year lease by Wandsworth Borough Council of a building and land on Wandsworth Common to a limited company intending to operate a private pre-school childrens’ nursery on the site was unlawful. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Wokingham BC v Secretary of State and Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited

The judgment of the High Court (Mr John Howell QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) in the Stanbury House case has been handed down. The challenge concerned the application by the planning inspector of a "10 % lapse rate" on the Council's 5 year housing land supply.  The Court quashed the grant of planning permission and held Read more

Manston Airport Appeal Dismissed APP/Z2260/W/15/3140995

RiverOak Strategic Partners has successfully secured a refusal of planning permission following a public inquiry into the change of use of various aviation buildings, including an Aircraft Hangar, at Manston Airport in Kent. Read more

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