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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.

Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Philip Petchey Appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark

Chambers are delighted that Philip Petchey has been appointed the Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark. Read more

New Village Green Near Lancaster Recommended for Rejection

The Inspector (Miss Ruth Stockley), in her Report of 1 February 2010, has recommended Lancashire County Council (the Commons Registration Authority) to reject an application to register agricultural land at Lawson's Bridge, Scotforth, Lancaster (part of which is the proposed site of a major new retail store) as a village green.  Read more

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

Court of Appeal Decision on Planning Enforcement - Houses and Barns

On 29 January the Court of Appeal gave judgement in the matter of Welwyn Hatfield Council v Secretary of State and Mr Alan Beesley [2010] EWCA Civ 26. Read more

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

Planning Assumptions in Assessing Compensation After Spierose

In one of the first cases after the House of Lords decision in Transport for London v Spirerose, the Lands Tribunal rejected a contention that the Pointe Gourde principle is still relevant to planning assumptions and reached important conclusions concerning the application of s16.  Read more

Annabel Graham Paul, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Success for Occupational Therapist in the High Court

An occupational therapist, who was struck-off the register by the Health Professions Council, has had his sanction quashed by the High Court. Read more

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

Waste Stevenage Decision

On 22 December 2009, the Secretary of State granted planning permission for a 3,600 urban extension to Stevenage. The proposal, which will take place on green belt land to the west of the A1(M) motorway, includes new schools, shopping centres and recreation facilities. Read more

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

Crossrail Purchase Notice Decision

The Secretary of State has refused to confirm a purchase notice served by landowner affected by Crossrail. The landowner held land which was to be acquired under the Crossrail Acts for use as railway sidings however it was not required until towards the end of 2013. Read more

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

Olympia Hotel Granted

The Secretary of State has granted permission, following a public inquiry, for a 300 room apart-hotel on a vacant site within the Olympia complex. Read more

Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Morge v Hampshire County Council

The Court of Appeal has granted leave to appeal the decision of His Honour Judge Bidder QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) to uphold a grant of planning permission by Hampshire County Council for a rapid busway scheme. Read more

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

R (Firends of Basildon Golf Course) v. Basildon Council & Another

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to Appeal against the decision of the High Court (Wyn Williams J) refusing the Claimants' application for judicial review of a grant of planning permission by the Council. Read more

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