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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.

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Gregory Jones QC

Plannning Permission for Rose Energy Challenged by Calni

Mr Justice Treacy, sitting in the high court in Belfast, granted leave on 27 September 2010 to bring judicial review proceedings brought by Sir George Bain former vice-chancellor of Queen's University, and Danny Moore (former CEO of Wombat) on behalf of The Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI) against the controversial decision by the Department of the Environment to approve Rose Energy plans to build the £100m chicken litter/biomass burner near Glenavy, County Antrim. Read more

Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Nigel Mayhew Lecture

On Monday 27th September, Richard Glover QC gave the annual Nigel Mayhew Lecture to the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society.  Read more

FTB Remains Top Planning & Licensing and Health, Safety & Environmental Set in Legal 500

FTB is delighted to see that we have retained and improved our positions in the rankings in the Legal 500 2010 edition in the major fields of planning and licensing and health, safety and environment law.  Comments from the directory include: Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Temporary Reprieve for Bats by Supreme Court

In a rare hearing of an Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court on 27th July 2010, permission was given to appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal in R (Morge) v Hampshire County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 608. Read more

Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Energy Security Boost as Go-Ahead Given to New Gas Storage Project

The UK's gas storage capacity is set to rise by 15 per cent after the Government gave the go ahead on 9 September, following a public inquiry, for WINGAS Storage UK Limited to convert its Saltfleetby depleted gas field into an underground gas storage facility. Read more

Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

No Need to Rule Out Alternatives to Wind Farm

Derbyshire Dales District Council & Peak District National Park Authority v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Carsington Wind Energy  [2009] EWHC 1729 (Admin). Read more

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

The Secretary of State Rejects the Kent International Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Proposal

Kent International Gateway Limited appealed against a decision of Maidstone Borough Council to refuse planning permission for the construction of a rail/road interchange and associated infrastructure and buildings including freight handling equipment, new railway sidings, earthworks and walls, Class B8 warehousing and Class B1 uses, roads and bridges, lorry parking, a sub-station, the realignment of public rights of way and watercourses, drainage works and landscaping on 112 hectares of land adjoining the Ashford to Maidstone east railway line, to the west of the M20 and to the east of Maidstone. Read more

FTB Nominated for Chambers Bar Awards

FTB is delighted to be nominated at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards as Environment/Planning Set of the Year once again. Read more

Keith Lindblom QC Apointed to the High Court Bench

Chambers is proud and delighted that Keith Lindblom QC has been appointed to the High Court Bench. Read more

R (P) V. The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead [2010] EWHc 1408 (Admin)

The High Court decided that where a local authority makes an assessment of a child's learning needs under s.139A of the Learning and Skills Act 2000, the making of a recommendation as to an educational placement is an essential element of the assessment and report as required by s.139B of the Act.  Read more