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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.

Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Two Important New TVG Cases

In the past few weeks the Chancery Division has decided in two separate cases two important unresolved issues concerning town and village greens. Read more

Brighton West Pier is Still a Harbour

The Secretary of State has considered an application for a Harbour Revision Order in respect of the Brighton West Pier, a Grade I listed structure. Read more

Maria Lee Appointed Professor of Environmental Law

Chambers congratulates Maria Lee, formerly Senior Lecturer at King's College, London and a member of Chambers' Academic Panel, on her recent appointment as Professor of Environmental Law at University College, London. Read more

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

Oldham Resident Victory Over Pathfinder Scheme

Sir Michael Harrison in Mortell v. Oldham MBC has quashed three planning permissions granted by Oldham MBC to facilitate pathfinder CPO's and demolition of historic terraced housing in Oldham. Read more

Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building

New Supreme Court - Approvals Upheld

planning permission and listed building consent for works to the Grade II* listed Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square. Those works were required to enable the building to accommodate the new Supreme Court, which is to replace the House of Lords as the United Kingdom's highest court. Read more

Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Hereward Phillpot Appointed to B Panel

On 12th February 2007, Hereward Phillpot was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown on the Attorney General's London B panel. The appointment is for a period of 5 years. Read more

Redevelopment of Newport City Centre Gets Go Ahead

On 30 March 2007 the National Assembly for Wales confirmed (subject to agreed modifications) the Newport City Centre (Redevelopment of John Frost Square) Compulsory Purchase Order 2006, rejecting in particular the objection of Iceland Foods Limited that the scheme should be revised to retain one of their stores. Read more

Confirmation of District Centre CPO

On 1 March 2007 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed (with an agreed modification) the extensive City of Manchester (Cheetham District Centre) CPO 2006, the third in a series of regeneration CPOs (under s.226 of the TCPA 1990, as amended) in the inner area surrounding the city centre of Manchester where Charles George QC has represented the acquiring authority, Manchester City Council. Read more

Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Olympic Applications Made

Robin Purchas QC and Andrew Tait QC have been advising the Olympic Delivery Authority on the preparation and making of the planning and other applications for the Olympics development at East London. The applications were successfully made on 9th February 2007. Read more

Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Milford Haven to Aberdulais Gas Pipeline

On 12 February 2007 the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (in an unusually short ten-line decision letter) confirmed without modification the three compulsory purchase orders concerning contested parts of the 120 km route of a new high pressure gas pipeline to connect new LNG terminals at Milford Haven with the National Transmission System.  Read more

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