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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.

Test for Very Special Circumstances in the Green Belt?

The task of obtaining planning permission in the Green Belt has been eased by the Court of Appeal's decision on 23 June 2008 (the Master of the Rolls, sitting with Carnwath and Wilson LJJ) allowing an appeal by Mr and Mrs Butler in Wychavon DC v Secretary of State for CLG and Butler [2008] EWCA 692, concerning the proper interpretation of para 3.2 of PPG2. Read more

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

House of Lords Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill Agrees with Key Petitioner's Respresentations

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd appeared before the House of Lords Select Committee and raised the issue of infrastructure management of the central tunnel of the Crossrail route. Read more

FTB Maintains Prominence in Planning Survey 2008

FTB members featured heavily in the rankings in the Planning Magazine Planning Survey 2008, with a total of 11 silks making it into the Highest Rated Planning Silks ranking, with new member Richard Humphreys QC a new entry. Read more

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

Secretary of State Minded to Approve "Snoasis"

The Secretary of State has issued a minded to grant decision letter for the Snoasis development at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich. Read more

Planning Inspector Considers Quota County System for Aircraft Improvements

The long running set of appeals into proposals for the expansion of activities at Turweston Aerodrome have recently concluded. Among the matters being considered by the Inspector is the appropriateness of a quota count system for controlling the numbers of movements at the airfield. Read more

Declaration to Overturn Previous High Court Ruling Not an Abuse of Process

The High Court has rejected the argument that seeking a declaration to overturn a previous decision of the High Court itself is an abuse of process: see Transport for London v Bugbugs and others [2007] EWHC 2987 (QB). Read more

Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

FTB Pupils Victorious in UKELA Moot

Chambers is pleased to announce that Thomas Cross and Cain Ormondroyd, both pupils at FTB, have been awarded the Lord Slynn of Hadley Mooting Trophy following thei Read more

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

Richard Honey Appointed to the Attorney General C Panel

FTB is delighted to announce that Richard Honey has been appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel of approved counsel. This appointment lasts for five years.   Read more

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

South Downs National Park Designation Inquiry Re-Opens

The inquiry into the designation of the South Downs National Park re-opened on 12 February 2008, almost three years after it closed. Read more