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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.

Timothy Comyn, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Charles Forrest, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Inspector Recommends an Important Modification to The Camden (Torrington Place to Tavistock Place) (Prescribed Routes, Waiting and Loading Restrictions and loading Places) Traffic Order [2017] in Bloomsbury, London

The Torrington Place to Tavistock Place corridor is an important traffic thoroughfare in Bloomsbury which connects Judd Street/Hunter Street with Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road.  The Traffic Order, as proposed by Camden Council as traffic authority pursuant to its power to make such an order under ss.6 and 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (and which had been in effect on an experimental basis since November 2015) would, inter alia: Read more

Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Housing Appeal Dismissed

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully resisted an appeal by Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited against the refusal of full planning permission for 46 residential dwellings, together with associated infrastructure and landscaping (including a 'village green')  in Brighthampton. Spitfire specialises in 'high-quality, bespoke residential development' and promoted the scheme on this basis. Read more

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

Success in Section 288 Challenge on Interaction of NPPF Paras. 14 and 134

The Secretary of State has submitted to judgment in West Oxfordshire District Council’s challenge to an appeal decision relating to a proposed Gladman development at Cote Road, Aston, Oxfordshire. The Council’s grounds of challenge were that the Inspector had fallen into the trap of failing to consider the interaction between paras. 134 and 14 of the NPPF and therefore applied the wrong test when balancing the harm and benefits of the development, with a consequent failure to comply with the requirements of section 66(1) of the Listed Buildings Act 1990. Read more

Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

UK Supreme Court Addresses Northern Ireland’s Abortion Law

The Supreme Court has today delivered its long-awaited judgment concerning abortion law in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission had sought a declaration that the law criminalising abortion was incompatible with Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case was argued last October before a seven judge court. Mark Hill QC acted for the Fifth Interveners. Read more

Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Drake Park – Green Belt Village Refused by Secretary of State

The new Secretary of State, James Brokenshire MP, has accepted an Inspector’s recommendation to refuse outline planning permission for a new garden village comprising over 1000 dwellings, a community hub, a primary school, medical centre and other facilities on Green Belt land at Drake Park near Walton. Elmbridge Borough Council had refused the application on the ground that there were no very special circumstances to justify the development in the Green Belt. Following a 9 day inquiry the Inspector recommended refusal, and the Secretary of State agreed. The Secretary of State agreed with his Inspector that the proposals would cause significant harm to the Green Belt in terms of openness and Purposes 1, 2 and 3 of Green Belt policy in the NPPF. Read more

Katherine Barnes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Hospital Trust Suspends Car Park Charges for Blue Badge Holders Following Claim for Judicial Review

Kingston Hospital Trust has conceded a claim for judicial review brought by a severely disabled man, AS, challenging the introduction of hospital car parking charges for blue badge holders. AS suffers from cerebral palsy and is obliged to visit the Hospital on a regular basis for treatments and check-ups. His serious mobility problems mean that he is wheelchair bound and has to access the Hospital by car. Read more

Michael Fry

Michael Fry to Join Chambers With Immediate Effect

FTB is delighted to announce that Michael Fry is joining Chambers as a tenant with immediate effect. Michael, who was called to the Bar in 2011, formerly practiced as an employed barrister in the Real Estate Group of DLA Piper, a leading international law firm. Michael was a finalist for Young Employed Barrister of the Year 2017. Read more

FTB Sponsors the Planning Awards 2018

Members of FTB will be at the Planning Awards 2018 this Wednesday 6 June at Savoy Place where Head of Chambers, Andrew Tait QC, will present the “Planning Consultancy of the Year Award”. There are 12 planning awards and 13 place making awards. The event is sold out with 450 people registered to attend. Run by Planning Magazine in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource, Planning Awards recognise excellence in planning, regeneration, economic development, urban design, sustainable development and community development. The judging panel comprises 25 planning and place making professionals from private practice, local government, DHCLG, The Planning Inspectorate, developers, a public body and an academic. Read more

Charles Holland, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

New Consulting Editor for Paterson's Licensing Acts

The General Editors of Paterson’s 2018 (125th) Edition (Jeremy Phillips QC, Gerald Gouriet QC, Simon Mehigan QC and The Honourable Sir John Saunders)  have offered a warm welcome to new Consulting Editor Charles Holland. Charles joins Gary Grant, Sarah Clover and Leo Charalambides, who will be working alongside David Wilson in that important role and ensuring the Paterson’s continues to develop to meet the ever-changing requirements of its readership. The General Editors say that Gary, Sara, Leo and Charles’s expertise in a wide range of licensing law issues is likely to prove invaluable, as is their close understanding of the particular needs of IoL members. Read more

Melissa Murphy

Planning Enforcement Prosecution Stayed as an Abuse of Process

The London Borough of Islington’s prosecution of the owners and occupiers of a five storey building in Clerkenwell, London has been stayed as an abuse of process by a judge of the Crown Court at Blackfriars. The building is in a conservation area; the Council alleged non-compliance with a planning enforcement notice. The judge heard evidence from the Council’s enforcement officer and from an employee of one of the defendants. The court found that the evidence in the case pointed to there having been improper influence in the determination of a planning application aimed at regularising the breach of planning control. Moreover, there was improper motive in the continuation of the prosecution proceedings, the Council’s decision making having been infected by the Council officer’s concern to ensure that nothing should prejudice the prosecution or the attendant Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings. Read more