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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

High Court Finds Motor Cross Activities Both a Statutory and a Public Nuisance

East Dorset District Council -v- Matchams Motorcross World Ltd and Hoare Read more

Chambers of Robin Purchas QC Welcomes Simon Mehigan QC to Join the Set

We are pleased to announce that we have attracted Simon Mehigan QC, expert in the fields of licensing and restraint of trade, to join our set. Simon joins from 5 Paper Buildings. Read more

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

Ryarsh Brickworks

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has granted planning permission to Gallagher Properties following a public inquiry, under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, for mixed use development including A1, B1, D1, 91 dwellings and open space on the site of the former Ryarsh Brickworks at West Malling, Kent. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

When Size Isn't Everything: Premature Development in York Central

The proposal was for the redevelopment of a petrol filling station and garage for 24 flats. The site was situated within "York Central" - an area identified in the third set of changes to the York City Local Plan as an Action Area for large scale comprehensive development. Read more

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

Local Plan Policies for Affordable Housing Rejected

Two local plan inquiry inspectors have recently rejected proposed policies requiring affordable housing because the councils were relying on flawed housing needs surveys (HNS). Read more

Gregory Jones QC

"Massive Cow Shed" Rejected for George Harrison Mansion

Masssive Cow Shed" rejected for George Harrison Mansion. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Guidance on Environment Prosecutions

Skipaway appealed by way of case stated (Skipaway v Environment Agency [2006] EWHC 983 (Admin)) against the decision of the magistrates' court to convict it of six offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.33 (6). Read more

New Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments Book Published

"... a friendly and dependable guide through the complexities of the legislation ..." Read more

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

PPS 7 Exception Proposal Rejected by First Secretary of State - Test Case

An application for a large dwelling-house in the countryside near the village of Hurstbourne Priors in Hampshire was called in for determination by the First Secretary of State following approval of the scheme by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Village Greens: The Last Word?

. The House of Lords gave judgement today in the Trap Grounds case - Oxfordshire County Council v. Oxford City Council and Robinson. Read more