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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.

Court of Appeal to Reconsider Meaning of "Significant Environmental Effect"

The Court of Appeal has recently granted permission in the Loader case on grounds of public interest.   Read more

Leo Charalambides, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Leo Charalambides Joins FTB

We are delighted to announce that Leo Charalambides, formerly of Ely Place Chambers, has joined FTB with immediate effect. Read more

High Court Rejects Climate Change Challenge to Airport Commission

The Administrative Court recently refused permission to judicially review the planning permission allowing increases in capacity and associated infrastructure at Bristol City Airport. Read more

Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Court of Appeal Upholds Augean's Permission for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste

The Court of Appeal has upheld a planning permission for the disposal of radioactive waste at a site in Northamptonshire. Read more

Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Enforcing S.106 Obligations - A Round-Up of Some Recent Court Cases by Meyric Lewis

A notable consequence of the recession is the problem of the failure by developers to meet their obligations to pay sums secured by section 106 agreements or undertakings.  Read more

500+ Claimants Lose Group Litigation Order Appeal

The Court of Appeal recently upheld a judge's refusal of a Group Litigation Order in Austin v Miller Argent [2011] EWCA Civ 928. Read more

First Railway Infrastructure IPC Hearings

The Commissioner appointed by the Infrastructure Planning Commission is examining the Doncaster Railway Chord Order - a nationally significant infrastructure project promoted by Network Rail.  Read more

Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Decision on Enforcement Proceedings Relating to Laporte Industries Site in Bedfordshire

Craig Howell Williams QC represented Laporte/Evonik Industries at an inquiry into an enforcement notice relating to land in Bedfordshire which had been used to extract Fullers' Earth under planning permissions granted since the 1950s and under conditions reviewed in 1998 under the Environment Act 1995 (the ROMP Approval). Read more

High Court Gives Guidance on Cost Capping Orders

The High Court recently quashed a negative screening opinion relating to a proposal to erect flood lights at a sports club:  R (Warley) v Wealden DC [2011] All ER D 88.  Read more

David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

David Matthias Joins FTB

We are delighted to announce that David Matthias QC, formerly of Cornerstone Barristers (2-3 Gray's Inn Square), is joining FTB with immediate effect. Read more