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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.

Craig Howell Williams QC

Controversial Petrol Filling Station Approved on Appeal

Following a two day hearing and consideration of extensive expert evidence, Inspector Roger Catchpole allowed an appeal and granted planning permission for the erection of a petrol filling station with sales building, canopy, car parking, 3 no. fuel pumps and ancillary facilities at 5 Welham Road, Norton, North Yorkshire YO17 9DP. Read more

Charles Streeten

High Court Dismisses Central Gurdwara Equalities Challenge: Anand v RBKC [2019] EWHC 2964 (Admin):

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by the trustees of the Central Gurdwara (British Isles) London Khalsa Jatha to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to impose additional parking restrictions in an area which includes the Central Gurdwara (Anand v RBKC [2019] EWHC 2964 (Admin)). Read more

Sarah Sackman
Conor Fegan

High Court Quashes Planning Permission for Co-op Group Retail Development

Timothy Mould QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has handed down judgment this morning in R (Patel) v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] EWHC 1234 (Admin), quashing a grant of planning permission which authorised (amongst other things) the change of use of an existing health centre to a convenience store. Read more

Guy Roots QC
Merrow Golden

Successful CAAD Appeal

The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber (Martin Rodger QC, Deputy Chamber President, and Mr Peter McCrae FRICS) has allowed an appeal against a certificate of appropriate alternative development: Pro Investments Ltd v Hounslow LBC ACQ/24/2018; [2019] UKUT 319 (LC). Read more

Meyric Lewis

Victory in Member Overturn Appeal for LB Hammersmith and Fulham

Caerus (Sotheron Place) Limited’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission by LB Hammersmith and Fulham has been dismissed following a public inquiry. Read more

Charles Streeten

Islington Succeeds in Important High Court Challenge to Secretary of State’s Approach to Immunity from Enforcement Action

The London Borough of Islington has overturned a planning Inspector’s finding that development was immune from enforcement action in the High Court. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC
Melissa

Panel Report Into the New London Plan

The report of the Panel of Inspectors appointed to examine the soundness of the proposed new London Plan has been published by the Mayor of London. One of the most significant of the conclusions of the Panel was to find unsound the Plan’s reliance on small sites and the introduction of a presumption in favour of development of such sites. The effect of the Plan’s approach would have been to increase substantially the quantum of housing in Outer London Boroughs, with the potential to give rise to a transformative effect on the character of these suburban areas. The West London Alliance of Boroughs in Outer West London objected to the soundness of this approach and appeared at the Examination hearings. The Alliance’s case was in large measure accepted by the Panel. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Prior Approval Fall Back Wins the Day

An inspector allowed an appeal granting planning permission for the change of use of an existing building in southeast London from storage (class B8) to residential (class C3) to provide 2 x three bed, 6 x one bed, and 1 x studio residential units together with the construction of a mansard roof extension to create a second floor, a 2 storey extension to the side and installation of replacement windows and doors Read more

Rebecca Clutten

Chambers Congratulates Rebecca Clutten on Her Appointment as Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Assocation

Chambers is pleased to announce that, following a successful year as Vice Chair, Rebecca Clutten has recently assumed the Chairmanship of the Compulsory Purchase Association for the year 2019/2020. In doing so, she continues a long and fruitful association between Chambers and the CPA, whose past Chairmen have also included Meyric Lewis and Richard Honey. Read more

Richard Honey
Alexander Booth QC
Sarah Sackman
Daisy Noble

High Court Refuses Permission for Challenge to Inspector’s Treatment of 5 Year Housing Land Supply Issues

Mrs Justice Lang has refused permission for statutory review of the decision of an Inspector, refusing two planning applications for residential development of up to 220 dwellings in Central Bedfordshire.  The case raised issues concerning the application of the tilted balance and the Standard Method for the calculation of housing requirement within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Read more

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