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.
Planning permission has been granted following an inquiry for a mixed use development including 1,138 homes, of which 341 would be affordable, in Heybridge, Maldon. The site is a major strategic allocation in the Maldon District Approved Local Development Plan, which was adopted in 2017. It is described by Maldon District Council as “the largest single contributor to meeting the objectively assessed needs of the District”. Read more
Last night, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, launched ‘Judicial Review in Planning and Environmental Cases in Northern Ireland - A Guide for Litigants in Person’ at an event held in the Friends of the Earth offices in Belfast. The event was attended by a wide range of environmental campaigners, public interest groups and legal professionals, including members of the judiciary. Read more
Sir Duncan Ouseley has handed down judgment in the case of Compton PC, Ockham PC & Cranwell v Guildford BC, SSHCLG & Ors  EWHC 3242 (Admin), dismissing three challenges to the adoption of the Guildford Local Plan under s113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The main issues in the case related to the justification for Green Belt release in the local plan to provide for a supply of around 14,000 houses when the objectively-assessed need (OAN) was around 10,000 houses. Read more
Since the inception of its Participation and Learning programme in 1983, the London Sinfonietta has established a reputation as a pioneer in the field of orchestral music education and as a provider of innovative creative learning programmes. Read more
High Court Makes Order for Full Disclosure and Cross-Examination in Kensington Forum Hotel Judicial Review
Following a contested hearing, the High Court has granted an application by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for: (a) Permission to cross-examine the Chief Planner and a Planning Team Leader at the Greater London Authority; and (b) Full disclosure of all documents that have come into existence between 1 December 2018 and 5 July 2019 in respect of or in connection to the consideration and determination of the application for planning permission for the redevelopment of the Kensington Forum Hotel (reference PP/18/03461). Read more
FTB is delighted to receive three nominations for the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2020. Saira Kabir Sheikh QC has been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year and both Melissa Murphy and Ned Westaway have been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year. Read more
An Inspector has allowed an appeal made by Family Mosaic (now part of Peabody) for conversion of two large blocks of studio apartments off Nevern Square, in Kensington, which had for many decades been made available, on affordable terms, to provide a series of new self-contained one and two bedroom flats. Read more
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
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
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  EWHC 3080 (Admin)). Read more