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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.

Docklands Light Railway Order

The Docklands Light Railway (Capacity Enhancement and 2012 Games Preparation) Order has been made by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry at which the promoter, DLR, was represented by Andrew Tait QC Read more

Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Police Win Cambridge Licensing Appeal

On July 18 Cambridge Magistrates upheld an appeal brought by the South Cambridgeshire Divisional Commander, Superintendent Simon Megicks, against the previous decision of Cambridge City Council granting a licence to JD Wetherspoons for a new pub on the Cambridge Leisure Park. Read more

Centre of European Law Visiting Fellowships

The Centre of European Law at King's College London has created the position of Visiting Fellow "to acknowledge the remarkable contribution of high caliber individuals/practitioners to the activities of the Centre". Read more

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

Glyndebourne Wind Turbine Permitted

Planning permission has been granted for a 70m wind turbine at Glyndebourne opera house in the South Downs AONB and designated National Park - the first time that a commercial-scale turbine has been permitted in a National Park. Read more

Test for Very Special Circumstances in the Green Belt?

The task of obtaining planning permission in the Green Belt has been eased by the Court of Appeal's decision on 23 June 2008 (the Master of the Rolls, sitting with Carnwath and Wilson LJJ) allowing an appeal by Mr and Mrs Butler in Wychavon DC v Secretary of State for CLG and Butler [2008] EWCA 692, concerning the proper interpretation of para 3.2 of PPG2. Read more

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

House of Lords Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill Agrees with Key Petitioner's Respresentations

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd appeared before the House of Lords Select Committee and raised the issue of infrastructure management of the central tunnel of the Crossrail route. Read more

FTB Maintains Prominence in Planning Survey 2008

FTB members featured heavily in the rankings in the Planning Magazine Planning Survey 2008, with a total of 11 silks making it into the Highest Rated Planning Silks ranking, with new member Richard Humphreys QC a new entry. Read more

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

Secretary of State Minded to Approve "Snoasis"

The Secretary of State has issued a minded to grant decision letter for the Snoasis development at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich. Read more

Planning Inspector Considers Quota County System for Aircraft Improvements

The long running set of appeals into proposals for the expansion of activities at Turweston Aerodrome have recently concluded. Among the matters being considered by the Inspector is the appropriateness of a quota count system for controlling the numbers of movements at the airfield. Read more

Declaration to Overturn Previous High Court Ruling Not an Abuse of Process

The High Court has rejected the argument that seeking a declaration to overturn a previous decision of the High Court itself is an abuse of process: see Transport for London v Bugbugs and others [2007] EWHC 2987 (QB). Read more