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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

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

Greater London Low Emission Scheme

The Mayor of London has confirmed the Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging Order 2006. Read more

Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Hand Over of the Olympic Site

On 25th July the Olympic Park was handed over from the London Development Agency, which had acquired the land by CPO, to the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is in the course of seeking details planning permissions. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Suzanne Ornsby QC, public, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Beckton Desalination Plant

The Secretaries of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Communities and Local Government have granted planning permission to Thames Water to develop the UK's first major desalination plant on part of the site of the existing Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in East London. Read more

Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Can Waste Oil Become a Non Waste Fuel?

The Master of the Rolls sitting with Lord Justice Carnwath and Lord Justice Maurice Kay has decided that in principle waste lubricating oil can after processing be burnt as a non waste fuel. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Costs Award in Crossrail

In what appears possibly to be a first the Crossrail Select Committee has recommended that the Secretary of State pay half the costs (engineering consultants and legal fees) incurred by AMP Limited, a mail distributor company based in Woolwich, in reaching a settlement which led to proposal AP/3 of the Crossrail Bill.  Read more

Keith Lindblom QC Announced as Highest Rated Planning Silk

We are pleased to announce that Keith Lindblom QC was announced as the Highest Rated Planning Silk 2007 in the Planning Magazine Planning Survey 2007. Read more

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

Village Greens in Gloucestershire

Following a Public Inquiry, an Inspector has recommended Gloucestershire County Council refuse an application to register land at Newent as a village green. Read more

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