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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
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Waste Stevenage Decision

On 22 December 2009, the Secretary of State granted planning permission for a 3,600 urban extension to Stevenage. The proposal, which will take place on green belt land to the west of the A1(M) motorway, includes new schools, shopping centres and recreation facilities. Read more

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

Crossrail Purchase Notice Decision

The Secretary of State has refused to confirm a purchase notice served by landowner affected by Crossrail. The landowner held land which was to be acquired under the Crossrail Acts for use as railway sidings however it was not required until towards the end of 2013. Read more

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

Olympia Hotel Granted

The Secretary of State has granted permission, following a public inquiry, for a 300 room apart-hotel on a vacant site within the Olympia complex. Read more

Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Morge v Hampshire County Council

The Court of Appeal has granted leave to appeal the decision of His Honour Judge Bidder QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) to uphold a grant of planning permission by Hampshire County Council for a rapid busway scheme. Read more

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

R (Firends of Basildon Golf Course) v. Basildon Council & Another

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to Appeal against the decision of the High Court (Wyn Williams J) refusing the Claimants' application for judicial review of a grant of planning permission by the Council. Read more

Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Richard Honey Appointed Planning Decisions Editor of the Journal of Planning Law

Richard Honey has been appointed as the Ministerial Planning Decisions Editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law (JPL) with effect from the first issue of 2010.  Read more

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

Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in R (Lewis) V. Redcar & Cleveland BC

The Supreme Court has granted permission to Mr Lewis to appeal against the Court of Appeal's controversial decision on prescriptive acquisition of rights, in the context of the Commons Act 2006. The hearing will take place in the week beginning 18th January 2010. Read more

Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Gregory Jones QC
James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

R (Thomas Gordon Brown) V. Carlisle City Council & Another

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to apply for judicial review of a grant of planning permission, by Carlisle City Council, for a freight storage and distribution facility at Carlisle airport. Read more

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

St Mark's Church Saved for Church Use

The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed appeals by Hammer Holdings Ltd. Read more

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

Valuation of Electricity Generation and Supply Undertaking in Hong Kong

In a decision given on 30th November 2009 in Hong Kong Electric Company Ltd v Commissioner of Rating and Valuation, after a hearing of 19 days, the Hong Kong Lands Tribunal allowed the Company's appeal resulting a substantial reduction in the rateable value of the electricity generation, transmission and distribution undertaking which serves the whole of Hong Kong Island.  Read more

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