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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.

Caroline Daly

Sufficient Public Utility - Rare Case Under s. 37 Highways Act 1980

In a decision that will be of interest to highway authorities, a District Judge has found that two roads with no through route on the Halliwick Park Estate in Friern Barnet are not of “sufficient utility to the public” to justify them becoming maintainable at public expense under s. 37(2) of the Highways Act 1980, following a hearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court.  Read more

Gerald Gouriet QC

LB Camden Refuses Alcohol Licence for Immersive Zombie Theatre in Bloomsbury, London

At a hearing on Thursday 21 November, the London Borough of Camden’s Licensing Committee refused permission for an alcohol licence for immersive zombie theatre, Variant 31 in Bloomsbury, London. Read more

Craig Howell Williams QC
Caroline Daly

High Court Dismisses Adopted Policies Map Challenge

The High Court has dismissed a challenge brought by Douglas Bond against the Vale of White Horse District Council’s decision to correct an error in its Adopted Policies Map (Douglas Bond v Vale of White Horse District Council [2019] EWHC 3080 (Admin)). Read more

Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot Goes Live

We are delighted to announce that the annual FTB Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot competition is now open to teams of undergraduate, GDL, LPC and BPTC students. Read more

Craig Howell Williams QC

Controversial Petrol Filling Station Approved on Appeal

Following a two day hearing and consideration of extensive expert evidence, Inspector Roger Catchpole allowed an appeal and granted planning permission for the erection of a petrol filling station with sales building, canopy, car parking, 3 no. fuel pumps and ancillary facilities at 5 Welham Road, Norton, North Yorkshire YO17 9DP. Read more

Charles Streeten

High Court Dismisses Central Gurdwara Equalities Challenge: Anand v RBKC [2019] EWHC 2964 (Admin):

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by the trustees of the Central Gurdwara (British Isles) London Khalsa Jatha to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to impose additional parking restrictions in an area which includes the Central Gurdwara (Anand v RBKC [2019] EWHC 2964 (Admin)). Read more

Sarah Sackman
Conor Fegan

High Court Quashes Planning Permission for Co-op Group Retail Development

Timothy Mould QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has handed down judgment this morning in R (Patel) v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] EWHC 1234 (Admin), quashing a grant of planning permission which authorised (amongst other things) the change of use of an existing health centre to a convenience store. Read more

Guy Roots QC
Merrow Golden

Successful CAAD Appeal

The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber (Martin Rodger QC, Deputy Chamber President, and Mr Peter McCrae FRICS) has allowed an appeal against a certificate of appropriate alternative development: Pro Investments Ltd v Hounslow LBC ACQ/24/2018; [2019] UKUT 319 (LC). Read more

Meyric Lewis

Victory in Member Overturn Appeal for LB Hammersmith and Fulham

Caerus (Sotheron Place) Limited’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission by LB Hammersmith and Fulham has been dismissed following a public inquiry. Read more

Charles Streeten

Islington Succeeds in Important High Court Challenge to Secretary of State’s Approach to Immunity from Enforcement Action

The London Borough of Islington has overturned a planning Inspector’s finding that development was immune from enforcement action in the High Court. Read more

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