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Following a public inquiry held in late 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport decided on 4 August 2017 to make a Transport and Works Act Order to allow the construction and operation of a new railway (the Barking Riverside Extension or BRE) to serve the Barking Riverside development area. The provision of the BRE will enable the development of 10,800 homes in an area otherwise limited to the...
Gregory Jones QC
Gregory Jones QC has been appointed to the Panel of Queen’s Counsel for the Welsh Government.   In announcing the appointments Counsel General to the Welsh Government, Mick Antoniw said, “I know that the very experienced and talented Counsel who have been successful in being appointed to the Panel will give the Welsh Government access to an independent pool of considerable legal expertise and...
Craig Howell Williams QC has been a member of the RICS President’s Mediation Panel since 2010. That appointment has been confirmed by the RICS following re-assessment by reference to RICS criteria. The purpose of the re-assessment was to ensure that panellists maintain their knowledge and skills and are able to reflect the high standard expected by the RICS. In giving its endorsement the...
An inspector has allowed an application under s.16 of the Commons Act 2006 by Ealing London Borough Council (“the Council”) to deregister common land on which the Council constructed a public cycle hub in 2012 (PINS ref. COM3154071).  He concluded that deregistration would not have an adverse impact on public access, landscape or nature conservation and that the cycle hub was a well-used facility...
Gerald Gouriet QC
Delta Merseyside Limited has applied to judicially review an ‘Intended Use Policy’ adopted by Knowsley Borough Council.  The policy requires Private Hire drivers who obtain their licences in Knowsley to operate “predominantly in Knowsley”. The governing legislation (LGMPA 1976) does not limit the geographical area in which a licensed PHV driver may operate. Long-standing case law has held that a...
Powerday Skip and Waste Container Transport Operation Appeal Dismissed. The appeal was brought by Powerday PLC against the London Borough of Hillingdon against an enforcement notice issued by the council for breaches of planning control for the material change of use of land to a Skip & Waste Container Transport Operation.  The notice was concerned with the night time operation.  The day time...
On 26/7/17 Garnham J rejected an attempt by Chancepixies (an animal charity) to judicially review the grant by North Kesteven District Council of a licence under The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 to Little Rascals; a large commercial breeding establishment (CBE). James Rankin of Francis Taylor Building appeared for the local authority.  The charity argued unsuccessfully that the council, when...
In a judgment handed down on 28 July 2017 Mrs Justice LANG declared that a purported disposal by way of a 15 year lease by Wandsworth Borough Council of a building and land on Wandsworth Common to a limited company intending to operate a private pre-school childrens’ nursery on the site was unlawful. The challenge was brought by a concerned local resident who obtained the benefit of a protective...
The judgment of the High Court (Mr John Howell QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) in the Stanbury House case has been handed down. The challenge concerned the application by the planning inspector of a "10 % lapse rate" on the Council's 5 year housing land supply.  The Court quashed the grant of planning permission and held That the inspector acted unfairly to apply a lapse rate without...
RiverOak Strategic Partners has successfully secured a refusal of planning permission following a public inquiry into the change of use of various aviation buildings, including an Aircraft Hangar, at Manston Airport in Kent. The new owners of the airport, Lothian Shelf, who closed the Airport soon after its acquisition, have plans for large scale residential re-development upon it. Thanet...

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