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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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Shortlisted Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018

FTB Receives Two Nominations for Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018

Francis Taylor Building is delighted to receive two nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018. Michael Humphries QC has been nominated as Environment/Planning Silk of the Year. Michael won this award in 2013. Richard Honey has been nominated as Environment/Planning Junior of the Year. Richard was nominated for this award in 2016. The Chambers Bar Awards will be held at The London Hilton, Park Lane on 25th October Read more

Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Rebecca Clutten, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

North Sea Link CPO Confirmed

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has decided to confirm the National Grid North Sea Link Limited (East Sleekburn) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016, with modifications requested by the promoter, National Grid North Sea Link Limited. The CPO was made under the Electricity Act 1989 to allow the connection of the North Sea Link Interconnector to the national grid.  North Sea Link is a proposed 1,400 MW electricity interconnector between the British and Norwegian high voltage electricity transmission systems.  The CPO included land and rights for cables and a converter station.  It included part of the Northumberland Shores SSSI.  The cables would also pass under an operational railway. Read more

Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Salutary Costs Lesson for Judicial Review Defendants

The Claimant challenged the Defendant’s grant of prior approval for alleged permitted development involving a change of use from B8 storage to C3 residential use. The Defendant asserted in pre-action correspondence that the Claim was misconceived and would be resisted, but failed to file an acknowledgement of service, or detailed grounds of resistance after judicial review permission was granted on paper. Having indicated a preference for a substantive hearing date, the Defendant then waited until after the Claimant had filed its skeleton argument before consenting to judgment. Read more

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

One of the First - if not the First - Decision Letters Applying the Revised NPPF Design Policies Including Paragraph 130

LB Sutton refusal on design grounds upheld. Redrow Homes scheme dismissed. An appeal has been dismissed against the London Borough of Sutton’s refusal to vary two conditions attached to a planning permission in one of the first cases to be determined on the revised NPPF’s design guidance. Redrow Homes had applied to vary two conditions attached to a planning permission granted in 2014. The result of the variation would be to substitute a full set of new plans for the second phase of the development scheme for Redrow Homes’ uniform design. Read more

Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Time Out Restaurant Appeal Dismissed

Planning permission has been refused on appeal for Time Out Markets Ltd’s proposal for a fine dining food market in former horse stables behind frontage properties on Commercial Street opposite Spitalfields Market.  The site, a 3-storey Victorian stables building, is landlocked by properties fronting onto surrounding streets and is overlooked from the rear of Grade II listed Georgian houses on Wilkes Street to the north.  The stables building is unlisted but lies within the Brick Lane and Fournier Street Conservation Area and is close to Hawkmoor’s Grade I listed Christ Church, Spitalfields. Read more

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 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

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

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