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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.

Andrew Tait QC
Caroline Daly

Inspector Grants Permission on Appeal for ‘Central Plank’ of Maldon Development Plan

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

Richard Honey
Conor Fegan

Judicial Review Guide Launched by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

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

Richard Honey

High Court Considers Green Belt Release for Housing - and Dutch Nitrogen Issue

Sir Duncan Ouseley has handed down judgment in the case of Compton PC, Ockham PC & Cranwell v Guildford BC, SSHCLG & Ors [2019] 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

London Sinfonietta

FTB Delighted to Support the London Sinfonietta’s Schools Outreach Programme, Sound Out.

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

Charles Streeten

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

Sarah Sackman
Ned Westaway

Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, Melissa Murphy and Ned Westaway Nominated for Legal 500 Bar Awards 2020

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

Douglas Edwards QC

Appeal Allowed for Conversion of Blocks of Studio Units to Market and Affordable Flats

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

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