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Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Jelson Ltd against the judgment of Green J [2009] EWHC 2979 (Admin) in which he rejected its challenge to a decision by an Inspector on a section 78 appeal (Jelson Ltd. v. (1) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2) Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council [2018] EWCA Civ 24). At issue was the Inspector’s approach to calculating the...
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has allowed the ratepayer’s appeal against the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Telereal Trillium v. Hewitt.  The hereditament was a dated office block in a residential area of Blackpool.  After cross-examination in the Lands Chamber, the valuation officer had accepted that, were the hereditament vacant and to let at the AVD, nobody would have been prepared to...
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Cabinet of Hammersmith and Fulham Council is to consider this evening the acquisition of an interest in the proposed redevelopment site of the Chelsea Stamford Bridge football stadium.  This is to enable the redevelopment to proceed notwithstanding the potential conflict with rights claimed by adjoining owners over part of the site.  The adjoining owners have already started High Court...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Dove J has dismissed a landowner’s application for judicial review of the decision by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to proceed to a referendum on the St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Plan (R (Legard) v. (1) Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2) St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum [2018] EWHC 32 (Admin).) The Neighbourhood Plan designated the Claimant’s land as...
Andrew Tait QC, Head of Chambers and planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
As from 1 January 2018, the Executive Committee responsible for the running of Chambers will comprise Andrew Tait QC (Chair), Morag Ellis QC, Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, Alexander Booth QC, Richard Honey, Rebecca Clutten and Caroline Daly, together with Paul Coveney (Senior Clerk) and Vicki Cousins (Chambers' Manager).
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Divisional Court (Beatson LJ and Whipple J) has handed down judgment in Webb v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary [2017] EWHC 3311 (Admin), an appeal by way of case stated against the decision of the Bristol Crown Court to make a contingent destruction order under s.4B of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (as amended). The central issues for the Court were whether such orders, which...
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that the Queen has accepted the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor that Jeremy Phillips be appointed Queen's Counsel. Jeremy was called to the Bar in 2004, having previously led teams as an equity partner in two international law firms. At the Bar Jeremy represents a range of well-known companies, as well as government departments, local...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided to make the Boston Barrier Order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 following a four week inquiry held in April/May 2017.  The Order provides for the construction and operation of the £100 million Boston Barrier, a tidal flood barrier on the Haven in Boston, and the compulsory acquisition of necessary land and...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Oxford City Council’s refusal of planning permission for 286 units of student accommodation on Merton College’s former playing fields site has been upheld on appeal after a two week inquiry. The site lies within the Central (University and City) Conservation Area and neighbours numerous significant heritage assets including the Grade I listed St Catherine’s College, Magdalen College’s Grade I...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal in Dover DC v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79 (judgment here; press summary here) and affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal quashing permission for major development in the Kent Downs AONB. In an important judgment that reviews the obligation to give reasons in planning cases, Lord Carnwath (with whom Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lady Black and Lord Lloyd...

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