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Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
British Land and Countryside Properties have been granted planning permission by the Secretary of State, in accordance with her Inspector's recommendations following a public local inquiry, on appeal from the refusal by West Berkshire District Council for a high density residential development of 350 dwellings at a density of 90 dph on the edge of Theale Village. The appellants were represented...
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 19 July 2007 Mr J P Sargent BA (Hons) MA MRTPI sitting as Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State dismissed the appeal of McCarthy & Stone (Developments) Limited against a decision of Hertsmere Borough Council refusing the company's application for planning permission for a development to form 39 (Category II) sheltered apartments for the elderly. The decision is of interest...
Gregory Jones QC
THE HIGH COURT In Boggis & Easton Bavants Conservation (R on the application of) v Natural England (2007) No: CO/7831/2006, Peter Boggis, 76, a retired engineer from Easton Bavants near Southwold in Suffolk and the Easton Bavants conservation, were granted permission by the High Court to challenge Natural England designation of a protected scientific site in order to study its erosion. Mr...
Gregory Jones QC
Described by the press as a "body blow" to the government and a "landmark case", Re Seaport Investments is the first High Court judgment anywhere in the UK (delivered on 7 September 2007) on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. Seaport Investments challenged the adoption of the North Area Action Plan setting out the planning policies for the north of Northern Ireland. Mr. Justice...
Scottish Ministers today announced their decision allowing the proposal for a 71-turbine wind farm scheme to proceed within the Forest of Ae in Dumfries and Galloway. Applications had been made under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and for a direction that planning permission be deemed to be granted. The inquiry was held between June and October of 2006. The proposal extends over some 3,...
Francis Taylor Building are delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and James Neill have accepted invitations to join Chambers. They join us on 1st October 2007, after successfully completing a 12 month pupillage with us. Both Mark and James have already built up planning, environmental, licensing and local government practices and we are confident that they will fit in well with our...
The Mayor of London has confirmed the Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging Order 2006. This road charging order, aimed to improve local air quality by discouraging the use in Greater London of the most individually polluting diesel engines (generally HGVs, buses, coaches, heavier LGVs and minibuses) will come into operation on various dates for different types of vehicles, beginning February...
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 25th July the Olympic Park was handed over from the London Development Agency, which had acquired the land by CPO, to the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is in the course of seeking details planning permissions. Guy Roots QC, Richard Glover and James Pereira (instructed by Eversheds) acted for the LDA on the compulsory purchase. Robin Purchas QC and Andrew Tait QC (instructed by Berwin...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretaries of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Communities and Local Government have granted planning permission to Thames Water to develop the UK's first major desalination plant on part of the site of the existing Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in East London. The proposal was supported by the local planning authority but was the subject of a direction from the...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Master of the Rolls sitting with Lord Justice Carnwath and Lord Justice Maurice Kay has decided that in principle waste lubricating oil can after processing be burnt as a non waste fuel. This is an important victory for OSS in its sruggle to be able to continue the reprocessing of the large quantities of lubricating oil which it collects, processes and then makes available as fuel. The...

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