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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 Honey
Merrow Golden

Court of Appeal Dismisses HS2 Compulsory Purchase Appeal

The Court of Appeal (Lewison, McCombe and Dingemans LJJ) has handed down judgment in Anixter Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWCA Civ 43, dismissing the appeal against the decision of the Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), Martin Rodger QC. Read more

Charles Streeten
Jonathan Welch

Lady Dido Berkeley Acquitted in Extinction Rebellion Prosecution

On 20 January, Lady Dido Berkeley was acquitted by City of London Magistrates’ Court of the offence of knowingly failing to comply with a condition imposed on a public assembly contrary to section 14(5) of the Public Order Act 1986. Read more

Hereward Phillpot QC

Planning Permission Granted on Appeal for Production of Hydrocarbons in Lincolnshire

Planning Inspector Phillip Ware has allowed an appeal by Egdon Resources UK Ltd against the refusal of North Lincolnshire Council to grant planning permission for the production of hydrocarbons from the Wressle 1 wellsite at Appleby in Lincolnshire (APP/Y2003/W/19/3221694).  The decision follows a three day public inquiry in November 2019. Read more

Annabel Graham Paul

Inspector Dismisses Appeals for New Traveller Site in South Oxfordshire: Public Sector Equality Duty and Application of the 'Tilted Balance' Considered

Following an 8 day inquiry, an Inspector has dismissed two related appeals for a new 12 pitch traveller site between the M40 and A40 near Tetsworth in South Oxfordshire. The Inspector found that the development would conflict with development plan policies on landscape grounds and the noise for future occupiers of the site caused by the nearby roads would be unacceptable. Read more

Annabel Graham Paul

Appeal Dismissed in Bracknell Forest - Fresh Consideration of Housing Supply

Following a 3-day inquiry under the new Rosewell procedures, adopting a topic-based approach, an Inspector has dismissed an appeal for 73 Assisted Living units in Ascot on the basis that the proposal would have a significant, permanent, adverse effect on the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC

Appeal Allowed for 294 Bed Hotel in Central London

An Inspector has allowed an appeal made by Whitbread PLC for a new 294 bed hotel, to be operated as a Premier Inn Hub, on a site at the junction of Marylebone Road and Old Marylebone Road, in Westminster. The appeal arose from a decision by Westminster City Council to refuse planning permission, following a Mayoral direction, by reference to concerns as to delivery and servicing arrangements. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC
George Mackenzie

Oxford City Council Local Plan Examination Hearings

Following three weeks of examination hearings, the Inspectors examining the Oxford City Council Local Plan have expressed that their preliminary view that the Local Plan is legally compliant and that, subject to the modifications proposed by the Council (which are to be consulted upon),  the Plan would be likely to meet the test of soundness. In particular the Inspectors expressed a preliminary view that Read more

Sarah Sackman

Challenge to East Herts District Council’s Decision on Grounds of Consistency Rejected

The High Court has handed down its judgment dismissing a claim brought by an objector against the decision of East Hertfordshire District Council for the grant of planning permission on its own land for a mixed use development including 546-space car park, office and residential development in the Bishop Stortford Conservation Area Read more

Sarah Sackman

Court of Appeal Hands Down Judgment Dismissing Telephone Kiosk Appeal

The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgement dismissing New World Payphones appeal against the decision of Ouseley J which upheld Westminster City Council’s challenge to the unlawful use of permitted development rights for advertisement purposes which had been granted for the purpose of the provision of public call boxes. Read more


City & Country Challenge Dismissed on All Heritage Grounds

City & Country sought to challenge a decision letter issued by the Secretary of State in relation to 36 appeals, all of which concerned land at Bramshill in Hampshire. Although one of the appeals has been remitted (dealing with various existing modern buildings on the site), the key parts of the claim, which were about heritage, have all been dismissed. Read more