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Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Inspectors appointed to examine the local plans for Cambridge City and for South Cambridgeshire District have issued their reports, following a joint examination, and have found both plans to be sound. The examination process, which lasted several years, considered a range of detailed and complex issues concerning wide ranging development needs of the two local authority areas and the strategy to...
Shortlisted Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to receive two nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018. Michael Humphries QC has been nominated as Environment/Planning Silk of the Year. Michael won this award in 2013. Richard Honey has been nominated as Environment/Planning Junior of the Year. Richard was nominated for this award in 2016. The Chambers Bar Awards will be held at The London...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has decided to confirm the National Grid North Sea Link Limited (East Sleekburn) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016, with modifications requested by the promoter, National Grid North Sea Link Limited. The CPO was made under the Electricity Act 1989 to allow the connection of the North Sea Link Interconnector to the national grid. ...
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
R (Mark Tentori) v Central Bedfordshire Council CO/1322/2018 The Claimant challenged the Defendant’s grant of prior approval for alleged permitted development involving a change of use from B8 storage to C3 residential use. The Defendant asserted in pre-action correspondence that the Claim was misconceived and would be resisted, but failed to file an acknowledgement of service, or detailed...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
LB Sutton refusal on design grounds upheld. Redrow Homes scheme dismissed. An appeal has been dismissed against the London Borough of Sutton’s refusal to vary two conditions attached to a planning permission in one of the first cases to be determined on the revised NPPF’s design guidance. Redrow Homes had applied to vary two conditions attached to a planning permission granted in 2014. The result...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been refused on appeal for Time Out Markets Ltd’s proposal for a fine dining food market in former horse stables behind frontage properties on Commercial Street opposite Spitalfields Market.  The site, a 3-storey Victorian stables building, is landlocked by properties fronting onto surrounding streets and is overlooked from the rear of Grade II listed Georgian houses on...
George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Robin Knowles has dismissed a landowner’s application for leave in a s. 289 appeal against the decision of an Inspector to refuse planning permission (on a ground (a) appeal against an enforcement notice) for a valet parking business in the Green Belt in Solihull. The main ground of challenge was that the Inspector’s assessment of the openness of the Green Belt, and therefore the...
George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a 2-day trial at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, District Judge McPhee has dismissed Camden LBC’s application for a liability order in respect of c. £60,000 of unpaid business rates from a BVI-registered and Hong Kong-based property investment company which is the freeholder of the old Met Office building on the Gray’s Inn Road in London. The company had been unable to find a...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Cappagh Public Works Ltd v London Borough of Sutton, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, and Prologis UK CCCXXVII SARL CO/13667/2018. Following a full day’s hearing, the Planning Court (Mr Robin Purchas QC) refused to grant permission to the Claimant and dismissed its challenge the adoption of the London Borough of Sutton Local Plan 2018. The Claimant had challenged...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court (Supperstone J) has handed down judgment in R (Spragge) v Westminster City Council [2018] EWHC 2058 (Admin).   The case establishes two important propositions:   Firstly, it establishes that where a claim for judicial review is withdrawn following the grant of permission, the defendant is entitled to recover all of its costs, including those incurred prior to the grant of...

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