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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.

Gregory Jones QC

Clapham Tower Wins Consent

A tower used to display advertisements at the entrance to Clapham railway station Europe's busiest railway station has won advertisement consent. The site is situated on business land adjacent to the Torelli Coffee company but surrounded by railways lines on all sides. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Residents Challenge to Impose Stricter Noise Limits

A couple whose house is 100 metres from Alton Towers failed in their High Court bid to turn down the volume coming from the theme park. A deputy district judge had imposed the maximum fine of £5000 and imposed an abatement order under s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Read more

Conflict with Core Strategy Settlement Policy

Notwithstanding the recent date of the first LDF Core Strategy in the country to be adopted, planning permission has been granted on appeal from the refusal of South Cambridgeshire District Council to permit twice the maximum number of dwellings allowed within the relevant sustainable settlement category in the Council's Core Strategy in the village of Over. Read more

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

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