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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

When Size Isn't Everything: Premature Development in York Central

The proposal was for the redevelopment of a petrol filling station and garage for 24 flats. The site was situated within "York Central" - an area identified in the third set of changes to the York City Local Plan as an Action Area for large scale comprehensive development. Read more

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

Local Plan Policies for Affordable Housing Rejected

Two local plan inquiry inspectors have recently rejected proposed policies requiring affordable housing because the councils were relying on flawed housing needs surveys (HNS). Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Guidance on Environment Prosecutions

Skipaway appealed by way of case stated (Skipaway v Environment Agency [2006] EWHC 983 (Admin)) against the decision of the magistrates' court to convict it of six offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.33 (6). Read more

Gregory Jones QC

"Massive Cow Shed" Rejected for George Harrison Mansion

Masssive Cow Shed" rejected for George Harrison Mansion. Read more

New Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments Book Published

"... a friendly and dependable guide through the complexities of the legislation ..." Read more

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

PPS 7 Exception Proposal Rejected by First Secretary of State - Test Case

An application for a large dwelling-house in the countryside near the village of Hurstbourne Priors in Hampshire was called in for determination by the First Secretary of State following approval of the scheme by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Village Greens: The Last Word?

. The House of Lords gave judgement today in the Trap Grounds case - Oxfordshire County Council v. Oxford City Council and Robinson. Read more

Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding

2 Harcourt Buildings in Major Boost in Licensing and Regulatory Fields

2 Harcourt Buildings, the Chambers of the Robin Purchas QC, has announced that it has attracted four leading practitioners, expert in the fields of licensing and statutory regulation, to join the set. Read more

Vertigo Inquiry

The long-running inquiry into an appeal by Willbond Limited against the decision by Westminster City Council to refuse planning permission for the erection of five luxury penthouse flats at South Lodge in St John's Wood, London NW8, finally concluded on 12th April 2006. Read more

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

Drought Order Confirmed

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the first ordinary Drought Oredr under section 73(3)(b) of the Water Resources Act 1991 authorising Sutton and East Surrey Water to prohibit or limit the use of water for partcular purposes within its area of water supply. Read more

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