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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.

Francis Taylor Building Welcomes Two Junior Tenants

Francis Taylor Building are delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and James Neill have accepted invitations to join Chambers. They join us on 1st October 2007, after successfully completing a 12 month pupillage with us. Read more

Greater London Low Emission Scheme

The Mayor of London has confirmed the Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging Order 2006. Read more

Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Hand Over of the Olympic Site

On 25th July the Olympic Park was handed over from the London Development Agency, which had acquired the land by CPO, to the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is in the course of seeking details planning permissions. Read more

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

Beckton Desalination Plant

The Secretaries of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Communities and Local Government have granted planning permission to Thames Water to develop the UK's first major desalination plant on part of the site of the existing Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in East London. Read more

Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Can Waste Oil Become a Non Waste Fuel?

The Master of the Rolls sitting with Lord Justice Carnwath and Lord Justice Maurice Kay has decided that in principle waste lubricating oil can after processing be burnt as a non waste fuel. Read more

Gregory Jones QC

Costs Award in Crossrail

In what appears possibly to be a first the Crossrail Select Committee has recommended that the Secretary of State pay half the costs (engineering consultants and legal fees) incurred by AMP Limited, a mail distributor company based in Woolwich, in reaching a settlement which led to proposal AP/3 of the Crossrail Bill.  Read more

Keith Lindblom QC Announced as Highest Rated Planning Silk

We are pleased to announce that Keith Lindblom QC was announced as the Highest Rated Planning Silk 2007 in the Planning Magazine Planning Survey 2007. Read more

Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Village Greens in Gloucestershire

Following a Public Inquiry, an Inspector has recommended Gloucestershire County Council refuse an application to register land at Newent as a village green. Read more

Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Stansted Airport Inquiry

Michael Humphries QC and Hereward Phillpot are currently appearing for BAA Ltd and Stansted Airport Ltd at the Read more

Land Included Within Greenbelt Boundaries in Local Plan

The High Court has held that a local authority was entitled to adopt a local plan including particular land within the green belt without having regard to key policies in Planning Policy Guidance 2. Read more

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