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Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Gladman Developments Limited has withdrawn three s78 appeals seeking planning permission for major residential developments in three villages near Ashford, Kent.  The inquiry into a proposal for 125 houses in Brabourne Lees had sat for eight days in January 2018 and was due to reconvene for at least two further days in July 2018.  The inquiry into a proposal for 245 houses in Charing had sat for...
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
At a meeting of the licensing sub-committee on 9th July 2018 a sex encounter venue licence was granted to F. Forte Ltd in respect of its Embassy Club premises in Pevensey Road. The application for a 4am licence was opposed by The Town Centre Neighbourhood Panel on the grounds that the grant would have been “inappropriate”. It was granted nevertheless. The successful applicant was represented by...
Gregory Jones QC
This week in Cooper Estates Strategic Land v Wiltshire Council [2018] EWHC1704 (Admin) the high court has quashed a town/village green (TVG) registration on the basis that the land had been identified  for “potential development” by policies in the Core Strategy thereby amounting to a “trigger event” preventing the registration of a TVG.  The court rejected a secondary argument that the...
John Jolliffe, planning, environmental and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to announce that John Jolliffe has has been promoted to the Attorney General's A panel of approved counsel and Hugh Flanagan to the B panel. Their appointments commence on 1st September 2018. FTB’s full list of panel members is: Richard Honey (A panel),  Mark Westmoreland Smith (B panel), Cain Ormondroyd (B panel), Ned Westaway (B panel), Sarah Sackman (C panel), Annabel Graham...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
See Meyric Lewis's slides from his presentation at the International Right of Way Association's International Education Conference in Edmonton Canada June 2018 – “Recent Infrastructure Projects and Proposals in the UK” 
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
District Judge Julie Cooper, sitting at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, has upheld the decision of the London Borough of Southwark to revoke a convenience store’s premises licence following allegations of illegal workers being employed in conditions akin to “modern slavery”. Peckham Food and Wine had been found, on six separate occasions, to be employing illegal immigrant workers. A broom...
Gerald Gouriet QC
Judgment in the appeal by Uber (“ULL”) against Transport for London’s refusal to renew its PHV operator’s licence was given on 26 June 2018. Uber was given a licence for a limited ‘probationary’ period of 15 months, subject to a schedule of new conditions. The following conditions may be of interest to licensing practitioners: 6.  Circumvention of obligations:  ULL shall not circumvent any of its...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Westminster Magistrates’ Court has upheld an appeal against a noise abatement notice issued by Westminster Council for an alleged statutory nuisance created by the playing of ‘loud amplified music and speech’ at a domestic property. The allegation of statutory nuisance was based on the subjective judgment of an environmental health officer having observed a single incident of noise for a...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has quashed the grant of planning permission on appeal for a housing development on a greenfield site adjacent to the village of Blean, in Canterbury. The challenge was brought by Canterbury City Council on the basis that the Inspector had misinterpreted relevant policies in the development plan and therefore failed to apply the s.38(6) duty. The policies in question supported...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a heavily contested hearing before Ealing’s licensing sub-committee on 21 June 2018 the Council has refused to renew the Sex Entertainment Venue (SEV) Licence of LA Confidential, the London Borough’s only remaining lap-dancing club. The case has attracted national media interest. LA Confidential has operated for some 11 years. In January 2018 an anonymous letter was sent to the...

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