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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.

Nottingham Workplace Parking Levy Order

The first Workplace Parking Levy scheme has now been confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport, whose decision was announced on 31 July 2009.  The Order was made by Nottingham City Council under the Transport Act 2000. Read more

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

Victoria Station Upgrade Order Confirmed

On 23 July 2009, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Victoria Station Upgrade Transport and Works Act Order following a public inquiry which commenced in October 2008 and concluded in January 2009. The associated listed building consent applications were also granted. Read more

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

Abberton Reservoir Scheme Approved by Secretary of State

Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) sought confirmation of a compulsory purchase order (the "Order") under S155 of the Water Industries Act 1991 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981. Read more

Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Compensation Case - Successful Mediation

Chiu v Waverley Commercial Ltd & Amptill Town Council (in the Lands Tribunal). The Claimant sought compensation under Section 237 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 arising from interference with a right of access and parking as a result of a redevelopment scheme. Read more

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

Affordable Housing Scheme Permitted

An Inspector has upheld an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for 48 affordable flats adjoining Brooklands Race Track. The LPA had argued that the scheme was unacceptable for a number of reasons related to the living conditions of the prospective occupants. Read more

Boydell Lecture 2009 given by Dominic Grieve QC MP, Shadow Justice Secretary

The Second annual Boydell Lecture was delivered on 8 May 2009 by Dominic Grieve QC MP, Shadow Justice Secretary. It had the title Resuscitating Justice: Law or Administration? Read more

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

The Definition of Gypsies and Travellers

The High Court (Ouseley J) has handed down an important judgment concerning the definition of gypsy and traveller status for the purposes of forward planning and development control in the case of Julie Wingrove & Colin Brown v. Read more

Appointment of New Dean of the Arches

Chambers are delighted by the announcement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York of the appointment of Charles George QC as Dean of the Arches in the province of Canterbury and Auditor of the Chancery Court of York, and thus Official Principal of the two archbishops in their respective capacities of Metropolitans, and Master of the Faculties to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Read more

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

Game Set and Match for Private Tennis Coaching in Richmond

An enforcement notice issued by Richmond Council seeking to prevent the use of a private tennis court outside working hours for coaching of children and other young hopefuls has been quashed by a planning Inspector. Read more

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

South Devon Wind Farm Rejected

Planning permission has been refused on appeal for a cluster of three 100m wind turbines in South Devon. Read more

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