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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

Court Orders Closure of Bridleway through BMW's Plant Oxford

District Judge Loosley, sitting at the Oxford Magistrates Court, has allowed Oxfordshire County Council's application under s.116 Highways Act 1980 to close an extensive bridleway which passes through the middle of BMW's "Plant Oxford" at Cowley, where the mini is manufactured. Read more

Waste Recycling Centre Permitted on Appeal

The Secretary of State has granted planning permission, on the recommendation of her Inspector, for a waste recycling and recovery centre beside the Kennet and Avon Canal on appeal from the refusal of West Berkshire District Council. Read more

James Pereira is Environment/Planning Junior of the Year

We are proud to announce that James Pereira has been awarded the Environment/Planning Junior of the Year. Members of Chambers received this prestigious award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2007. Read more

Enodis Housing Appeal Succcess on Allocated Employment Land

Enodis plc have been granted planning permission on appeal by the Secretary of State from the refusal of Coventry City Council for residential development on land allocated for employment use in the Coventry UDP. Read more

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

High Density Residential Development Granted on Appeal

British Land and Countryside Properties have been granted planning permission by the Secretary of State, in accordance with her Inspector's recommendations following a public local inquiry, on appeal from the refusal by West Berkshire District Council for a high density residential development of 350 dwellings at a density of 90 dph on the edge of Theale Village. Read more

Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Affordable Housing & Sheltered Accommodation - On Site Provision

On 19 July 2007 Mr J P Sargent BA (Hons) MA MRTPI sitting as Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State dismissed the appeal of McCarthy & Stone (Developments) Limited against a decision of Hertsmere Borough Council refusing the company's application for planning permission for a development to form 39 (Category II) sheltered apartments for the elderly. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

First Ruling on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive

Described by the press as a "body blow" to the government and a "landmark case", Re Seaport Investments is the first High Court judgment anywhere in the UK (delivered on 7 September 2007) on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. Read more

Scottish Ministers Allow 71 -Turbine Windfarm at Harestanes

Scottish Ministers today announced their decision allowing the proposal for a 71-turbine wind farm scheme to proceed within the Forest of Ae in Dumfries and Galloway. Read more

Francis Taylor Building Welcomes Two Junior Tenants

Francis Taylor Building are delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and James Neill have accepted invitations to join Chambers. They join us on 1st October 2007, after successfully completing a 12 month pupillage with us. Read more

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