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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.

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

South Down National Park Designation to be Confirmed

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided to confirm the designation of the South Downs National Park, broadly in the form sought by Natural England.  Read more

Village Green Challenge to Persimmon Housing Site Fails

Following a 9 day public inquiry, the Inspector (Mr Alan Evans) has recommended rejection by the Registration Authority, York City Council, of an application to register a new village green land at Germany Beck, Fulford consisting of a field and former allotments and forming the proposed access to a 700 dwelling development permitted following call-in by the Secretary of State in 2007. Read more

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

Two New Important Village Green Decisions

In recent weeks two important new village green reports have been published. Read more

Important Tree Case

The High Court in Palm Developments Ltd. v. Secretary of State recently reviewed the law on tree preservation orders, and clarified the scope of woodland orders. Read more

New Book on Control of Outdoor Advertising

Outdoor advertising performs a vital role in the promotion of new goods and services, and can brighten up depressed urban areas. But in the wrong place, it can spoil towns and cities and, perhaps especially, ruin attractive countryside. Read more

Manchester CPO Confirmed

On 6 February 2009 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed the City of Manchester (Miles Platting Neighbourhood) Compulsory Purchase Order 2007, a regeneration CPO under s.226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended. Read more

Broads Authority Bill Nears Royal Assent

On 11 February 2009 a Select Committee of the House of Lords, following a seven day opposed hearing, allowed the Bill to proceed, notwithstanding petitions from the Association of Norfolk Parish Councils and a number of individual petitioners. 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

Secretary of State Decides on Derby Urban Extensions

On 26 January 2009, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued her decision on five competing applications for large housing scheme on or close to the southern edge of Derby. Read more

First Case Against a Pubwatch Scheme to be Taken to the High Court

A claimant has been granted permission to challenge at the High Court a decision made by the Haverhill Pubwatch Scheme, which saw him excluded from all licensed premises in the town of Haverhill, Suffolk. Read more

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

Important High Court Enforcement Case

An advertising company judicially reviewed action taken by Lambeth LBC to remove an unlawful advertisement.  Read more

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