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Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
R. (oao Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd.) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2018] EWCA Civ 2069 In a judgment given by Lord Justice Lindblom (Lewison LJ dissenting) the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made against the decision of Holgate J to quash the decision of an Inspector not to confirm...
Gregory Jones QC
Appeal Ref: APP/X0360/W/15/3097721 Inspector Lesley Coffey BA (Hons) BTP MRTPI Decision date: 18th September 2018 Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited’s appeal against Wokingham Borough Council has been allowed and outline permission for 57 residential dwellings granted.  This follows a previous determination of the appeal, which was quashed by the High Court on 21 July 2017.  The Inspector’s...
Emyr Jones
FTB is delighted to announce that Emyr Jones is joining Chambers as a tenant with immediate effect. Emyr was called to the Bar in 1999 and has practised in Cardiff until joining FTB. Before coming to the Bar he gained a first in PPE at Jesus College, Oxford and was a lecturer at Keble College whilst undertaking research in political philosophy.  Emyr specialises in planning, infrastructure,...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a rare procedural step, Hastings Magistrates’ Court has summarily dismissed an appeal against the revocation of a premises licence following the failure by the Appellant to comply with Court directions requiring him to serve his evidence on the Respondent, Rother District Council. The case highlights a novel yet effective procedure open to licensing authorities faced with recalcitrant...
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Professor Mark Hill QC is concluding a short series of lectures in South America. It began in Rio de Janeiro for the conference of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies of which he is Vice-President. Thereafter he attended a symposium at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Sao Paulo, and gave a guest lecture on Religious Freedom in the United Kingdom, at Uberlandia University...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An Inspector has upheld an enforcement notice requiring demolition of a large new detached house in the Hertfordshire countryside. Planning permission had been granted for erection of the new dwelling on the site. However, the footprint of the dwelling, as it was constructed, was adjusted, without consent, so as to be closer to the boundary with an adjoining property. The development site was...
Mark Westmoreland Smith, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 20 September 2018 the Secretary of State granted development consent to Eggborough Power Limited for the construction of the Eggborough Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Generating Station on land located at the existing Eggborough Coal-Fired Power Station site near Selby in North Yorkshire. The new power station will have a gross output capacity of up to 2,500 megawatts and be capable of supplying...
Gregory Jones QC
R (oao Kenneth Ross) v East Hampshire District Council and Anesco Limited (Case No.: CO/2073/2018) The Interested Party, Anesco sought planning permission for a proposal described as the “Installation of two energy storage systems and associated infrastructure with a total capacity of 49.95mw.”  The proposed site for the development is part of a larger field currently in arable use.  It lies...
Gregory Jones QC
Appeal Ref: APP/C5690/W/17/3172093. Inspector Jason Whitfield  BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI Decision date: 14th September 2018.  A proposal for 4 three storey three bedroomed houses in part of a back garden at the rear of No 45 Lewisham Park (with access onto Fordyce Road) in Lewisham has been rejected on appeal.  The applicants had claimed that following the sub division of the garden and sale of the...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The inquiry on the appeal brought by M S Oakes Ltd against Suffolk Coastal District Council’s refusal of planning permission for 43 dwellings on a former brickworks site in the AONB in Aldeburgh has closed after six days of evidence and argument. Planning permission was refused contrary to officers’ recommendation on landscape and design grounds.  Arguments included whether the proposals involved...

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