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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.

Robert Fookes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Challenge to General Vesting Declaration

The decision of Wyn Williams J in R (Iceland) v Newport City Council [2010] EWHC 2502 (12 October 2010) Read more

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

Section 18 Success for Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks District Council have been successful in their arguments on an appeal against a certificate of appropriate alternative development issued by them in relation to land owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark at St Lawrence Church and Presbytery, Edenbridge and limiting the amount of residential development on the land to 5 dwellings.  Read more

Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Rebecca Clutten, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

FTB Announces Two New Tennants

FTB is delighted to announce that Ned Westaway and Rebecca Clutten have accepted invitations to join chambers. Read more

Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Nine Trade Groups Threaten Legal Action Over Licensing Shake-Up

A coalition of trade bodies is threatening legal action in a bid to challenge the Government's controversial proposals to ‘tear-up the licensing regime'. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Plannning Permission for Rose Energy Challenged by Calni

Mr Justice Treacy, sitting in the high court in Belfast, granted leave on 27 September 2010 to bring judicial review proceedings brought by Sir George Bain former vice-chancellor of Queen's University, and Danny Moore (former CEO of Wombat) on behalf of The Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI) against the controversial decision by the Department of the Environment to approve Rose Energy plans to build the £100m chicken litter/biomass burner near Glenavy, County Antrim. Read more

Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Nigel Mayhew Lecture

On Monday 27th September, Richard Glover QC gave the annual Nigel Mayhew Lecture to the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society.  Read more

FTB Remains Top Planning & Licensing and Health, Safety & Environmental Set in Legal 500

FTB is delighted to see that we have retained and improved our positions in the rankings in the Legal 500 2010 edition in the major fields of planning and licensing and health, safety and environment law.  Comments from the directory include: Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Temporary Reprieve for Bats by Supreme Court

In a rare hearing of an Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court on 27th July 2010, permission was given to appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal in R (Morge) v Hampshire County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 608. Read more

Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Energy Security Boost as Go-Ahead Given to New Gas Storage Project

The UK's gas storage capacity is set to rise by 15 per cent after the Government gave the go ahead on 9 September, following a public inquiry, for WINGAS Storage UK Limited to convert its Saltfleetby depleted gas field into an underground gas storage facility. Read more

Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

No Need to Rule Out Alternatives to Wind Farm

Derbyshire Dales District Council & Peak District National Park Authority v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Carsington Wind Energy  [2009] EWHC 1729 (Admin). Read more