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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.

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

Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

New Tenants

It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of our new tenants. Harry Spurr and Juan Lopez are joining us with immediate effect as full tenants and Darren Abrahams has become a door tenant to reinforce our European links. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

EIA and Reserved Matters - ECJ Decision

The European Court of Justice ruled on 4th May in case C-290/03 that the English regulations prohibiting formal environmental assessment under Directive 85/337/EEC at the reserved matters stage of an outline permission are incompatible with the European Community law. Read more

Apppointment as Chairman of Bishop's Disciplinary Tribunals

With effect from 1 April 2006, Charles George QC has been appointed to the Provincial Panels for Canterbury and York as a Chairman of Bishops' Disciplinary Tribunals, established under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, to hear complaints of misconduct against priests and deacons at diocesan level, Read more

Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Timothy Comyn, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Thames Gateway Bridge Inquiry Closes

The Inquiry into the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge - from Beckton to Thamesmead - (which considered three planning applications, and bridge, side roads, tolling and compulsory purchase orders) closed on 3 May 2006 after sitting for 89 days. Read more

Highways Authority Can be Liable in Statutory Nuisance for Flooding Caused by Bridges

A recent decision of the High Court has wide ranging implications for highway authorities responsible for bridges over rivers that are prone to flooding. Read more

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

Kenwood House Concerts Reduced in Number and Scale

Camden Council's licensing panel has reduced the application made by IMG and English Heritage for an entertainment licence for its summer picnic concerts at Kenwood House. IMG were seeking a licence for 10 concerts, with only one weekend without any concert, and 9,000 attendees. Read more

Maria Lee Appointed Member of Royal Commission on Environmental Protection

Professor Maria Lee, who is a Professor of Law at University College London as well as a member of FTB's academic panel, has been appointed a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Protection. Read more