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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.

CPO for Road Confirmed Under Planning Process

On 1 September 2011, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed the London Borough of Sutton Orchard Hill Access Land CPO 2010 following a public inquiry. Read more

Court of Appeal Decision Hails the End of the Road for Unauthorised Traveller Site

Doran v Secretary of State and Central Bedfordshire Council Read more

Boydell Lecture 2011 given by Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust

The fourth annual Boydell Lecture was delivered on 20th July by Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust.  The lecture, held at Inner Temple Hall, was titled ‘Trust for the Future: The Role of the National Trust and the Voluntary Sector in the Planning System.'     Read more

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

Enforcement Notices: Limits on Inspectors' Jurisdiction on Appeal

Britannia Assets (UK) Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Medway Council [2011] EWHC 1908 (Admin) Read more

Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Gregory Jones QC

Hight Court Confirms there is no Requirement for Promptitude in Judicial Review Based on EU Law

The High Court (U & Partners (East Anglia) Ltd v The Broads Authority & The Environment Agency [2011] EWHC 1824 (Admin)) has quashed the grant of planning permission for a flood defence wall for breaches of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) Directive, in particular Collins J held that the planning authority should have considered the impact of the crosswall on land protected by existing defences that would be abandoned were the new wall constructed.   Read more

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

Olympics - Secretary of State's Decision on the Section 18 Appeal in Respect of Land at the East Cross Centre

The Secretary of State has rejected the contentions of landowners, Harringay Meat Traders Limited, that a certificate should be granted under section 18 of the Land Compensation Act 1961, on appeal from an application under section 17 to LB Hackney as local planning authority, for uses beyond B1, B2 or B8 (other than ancillary uses). Read more

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

Home Win on Colchester United Training Pitches

Colchester United have succeeded in winning approval from Colchester Borough Council for 5 training pitches and facilities building including meeting, training and physiotherapy rooms, gym, canteen and changing facilities on a 9 hectare site at Grange Road, Tiptree.  One of the pitches and the changing rooms and canteen will be available for use by local community teams. Read more

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

Controversial Mosque Proposal in Camberley Conservation Area Rejected Applying PPS5 Policy

The Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey Bengali Welfare Association appealed against Surrey Heath Borough Council's refusals of planning permission and conservation area consent for a proposed development of a new mosque and associated facilities and the demolition of a locally listed building in the Royal Military Academy/Staff College/A30 London Road Conservation Area on the edge of Camberley town centre. Read more

Secretary of State Quashes Section 17 Certificate for Residential, Business and Retail Use and Issues New Certificate for Amenity Space

Following a public inquiry held in January and February 2011, the Secretary of State has allowed the appeal of the compensating authority, Devon County Council, made under section 18 of the Land Compensation Act 1961 and quashed the Certificate issued under section 17 by the local planning authority, North Devon District Council, for residential, business and retail uses on over 4 hectares of land at Anchorwood Bank, Barnstaple.  Read more

SP.v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWCA CIV 806

The Court of Appeal has decided that a pregnant woman who leaves work on account of her pregnancy does not retain "worker" status for the purposes of Directive 2004/38/EC ("the Residence Directive").   Read more