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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 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

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

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