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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.

George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Green Belt Statutory Appeal Dismissed at Permission Stage

Mr Justice Robin Knowles has dismissed a landowner’s application for leave in a s. 289 appeal against the decision of an Inspector to refuse planning permission (on a ground (a) appeal against an enforcement notice) for a valet parking business in the Green Belt in Solihull. Read more

George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Liability Order Application Dismissed

Following a 2-day trial at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, District Judge McPhee has dismissed Camden LBC’s application for a liability order in respect of c. Read more

Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Court Rejects Strategic Environmental Assessment Challenge to a London Local Plan

Cappagh Public Works Ltd v London Borough of Sutton, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, and Prologis UK CCCXXVII SARL CO/13667/2018. Following a full day’s hearing, the Planning Court (Mr Robin Purchas QC) refused to grant permission to the Claimant and dismissed its challenge the adoption of the London Borough of Sutton Local Plan 2018. Read more

Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building

High Court Rules Reasons Required When Discharging Conditions

High Court Rules Reasons Required When Discharging Conditions   Read more

Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building

High Court Rules Officer Time and Pre-Permission Costs Recoverable

The High Court (Supperstone J) has handed down judgment in R (Spragge) v Westminster City Council [2018] EWHC 2058 (Admin). Read more

Mark Westmoreland Smith, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

High Court Refuses Permission to Challenge the International Advanced Manufacturing Park Area Action Plan by Way of Judicial Review

Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council are promoting a 150ha International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) for automotive suppliers on land adjacent to the Nissan manufacturing plant in Sunderland. Read more

Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

High Court Quashes Decision to Downgrade Corby Urgent Care Centre

HHJ Jarman QC today handed down an important judgement quashing the decision of Corby Clinical Commissioning Group to downgrade the urgent care walk-in centre in Corby. The Claimant, Lyn Buckingham, a local NHS healthcare campaigner, was successful on all of her grounds of Judicial Review. Read more

Mark Westmoreland Smith, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

High Court rules that PINS Lawfully Refused to Consider 400 Appeals for Telephone Kiosks

Maximus Networks Limited (Maximus) submitted a large number of applications for prior approval under Part 16, Class A permitted development rights to construct telephone kiosks across London. In all cases, Maximus had failed in its obligation to give notice of the applications to the owners of the land to which the proposals related. As a result a number of London Boroughs refused to validate the applications for prior approval. Read more

Mark Westmoreland Smith, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) Determines Guardian Scheme Failed to Mitigate Non-domestic Rates

Ludgate House was a large commercial office building on the Thames by Blackfriars Bridge. It has now been demolished and is being redeveloped. Prior to demolition and whilst the plans for redevelopment were being finalised, the owners of the building employed a security services company to provide guardians. Guardians are short term licencees who would live in the building and were required to stay there at least 5 nights a week and report the presence of any person they suspected did not have permission to be in the building. Read more

Melissa Murphy

Court of Appeal Refuses Permission to Appeal in Planning Enforcement Prosecution Case

In an ex tempore judgment given by Lady Justice Hallett DBE (Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division), the Court of Appeal has today refused to grant leave to the London Borough of Islington to bring an appeal against the decision of a judge of Blackfriars Crown Court which was a “terminatory ruling”, in a prosecution brought by them.   Read more

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