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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.

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Meyric Lewis

Permission Granted in Anglian Water Bathing Water Quality JR

The High Court has granted permission to apply for judicial review in Anglian Water’s claim concerning the Environment Agency’s classification of the quality of bathing waters in Lincolnshire at Cleethorpes, Humberston Fitties and Ingoldmells South beaches for the purposes of the Bathing Water Regulations 2013 – the regulations which transpose the provisions of the EU Water Framework Directive, Directive 2000/60/EC into UK law. Read more

Alexander Booth QC

West Midlands Interchange – DCO Granted for Strategic Rail Freight Infrastructure in the Green Belt

In a decision letter dated 4 May 2020, the Secretary of State has determined to grant a Development Consent Order in respect of the West Midlands Interchange project.  Read more

Isabella Tafur

Lake Lothing DCO Granted

The Secretary of State for Transport has this week granted development consent for a third bridge crossing over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft, promoted by Suffolk County Council. Read more

Charles Streeten
Esther Drabkin-Reiter
Jonathan Welch

Secretary of State Refuses Permission for the ‘Camberwell Union’ - a Major Mixed Use Scheme in Central London

Planning permission has been refused for the ‘Camberwell Union’, which was intended as a “new cultural quarter” for London. As proposed, it consisted of 13 blocks, with a number of tall buildings, providing 505 residential units on the upper stories and 4,404m2 of commercial, retail and leisure space at ground level. Read more

Mark Westmoreland Smith

The High Court (Mrs Justice Lieven) has handed down judgment in R (oao Wiltshire Council) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Mr W Howse

The High Court (Mrs Justice Lieven) has handed down judgment in R (oao Wiltshire Council) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Mr W Howse [2020] EWHC 954 (Admin). The hearing was one of the first to be held remotely under the COVID-19 protocol. Read more

Alexander Booth QC
Michael Fry
Melissa
Caroline Daly

Development Consent Order Granted in Respect of Riverside Energy Park

A Development Consent Order has been granted in respect of the Riverside Energy Park project, in Bexley, South East London. Following submission of the application in 2018 by Cory Environmental Holdings Ltd, the Examination into the project was held between April and October 2019. The Examining Authority reported in January 2020, and despite the current procedural difficulties the Secretary of State was able to issue the DCO on 9 April. Read more

Alexander Booth QC

Authority’s Rejection of Housing Supply ‘Standard Methodology’ upheld with Costs

Following a two week Public Inquiry, the decision by Central Bedfordshire Council to assess its Five Year Housing Land Supply figure (5YHLS) with reference to an Objective Assessment of Need (‘OAN’) rather than the Government’s ‘Standard Methodology’ has been vindicated. Read more

Alexander Booth QC

Successful Minerals Challenge in rare ROMP Appeal at Oxted Quarry

In a decision letter dated 7 April 2020, a Planning Inspector has allowed an appeal brought by a minerals operator in respect of planning conditions imposed pursuant to periodic review. In finding comprehensively for Southern Gravel Ltd in the appeal proceedings brought pursuant to Schedule 14 of the Environment Act 1995, the Inspector Roger Catchpole rejected the case of the minerals planning authority, Surrey County Council, regarding conditions imposed in respect of operations at Oxted Quarry. Read more

George Mackenzie

“Right sized” Bingo Club Valued According to Valuation Scheme

The Lands Tribunal have dismissed an appeal brought by Buzz Bingo – the UK’s largest bingo club operator – in which they sought a reduction in the rateable value of one of their bingo clubs in Birmingham. The club had been reduced in size by around 1/3 during the 2010 list in response to the decline of the bingo industry following the smoking ban and the recession. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC
George Mackenzie
Philip Petchey
Ned Westaway

Important New Guidance on the Meaning of “Curtilage”

In Hampshire County Council v Secretary of State for the Environment [2019] EWHC 959 (Admin), the High Court (Holgate J) has given important new guidance on the meaning of curtilage.  Read more

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