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Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Kerr has handed down judgment in Tower Hamlets v SSHCLG [2019] EWHC 2219 (see judgment here), a case that concerned the unlawful demolition of three unlisted dwellings in the Coldharbour Conservation Area on the Isle of Dogs.  Notwithstanding the poor condition of the buildings prior to the demolition, the local planning authority decided to issue planning enforcement notices requiring...
Annabel Graham Paul
Following a two day trial in Swansea, housebuilder Enzo’s Homes Ltd., their director Fiorenzo Sauro and tree surgeon Arwyn Morgan have been convicted of felling a prominent redwood and a substantial area of Ancient Woodland protected by TPO at Penllergaer Woods. The trial followed an unsuccessful abuse of process argument on the grounds that the TPO had not been served on the landowners. The case...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a public inquiry, an Inspector has dismissed a s.78 appeal against the decision of the London Borough of Islington to refuse permission for a major office redevelopment scheme of some 11,000 sqm at Regent’s Wharf, Kings Cross on heritage and amenity grounds. The proposal involved the redevelopment of the Regent’s Wharf office complex and the remodelling of the locally listed late-19th...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber (Judge Elizabeth Cooke and Mr Peter McCrea FRICS) has issued its preliminary issue decision on the permissibility of four heads of claim, totalling some £2.6 million, in the case of 599 Developments Ltd v NNB Generation Co (HPC) Ltd [2019] UKUT 235 (LC).  The Claimant was the owner of the long leasehold interest in land formerly used as a lorry park at Williton in...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Dove has handed down judgment in the case of Peel Investments North Ltd v SSHCLG & Salford CC [2019] EWHC 2143 (Admin).  The judgment deals with the circumstances in which development plan policies could be out-of-date for the purpose of triggering the tilted balance in paragraph 11(d) of the NPPF, and the right approach to considering whether there is a five year housing land...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Dove has handed down judgment in the case of Gladman v SSHCLG & Medway Council [2019] EWHC 2001 (Admin).  The case concerned an appeal seeking planning permission for a development of 225 houses near Cliffe Woods in Kent.  The appeal was decided by the Secretary of State after the CJEU decision in People Over Wind and whilst the October 2018 ‘Technical consultation on updates to...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Peckham Cultural Quarter in South London is emerging as an important hub for music, media, cinema, restaurants and small arts-based businesses. But what South London has lacked, until now, was a significant new small to mid-size live music venue focused on emerging grassroots Indie talent. Recent years have seen a decimation in the number of live music venues in a nation that gave the world...
Daisy Noble
Planning permission has been refused for up to 30 dwellings on the edge of the village of Cople near Bedford, despite the Council having no five year housing land supply. The main issues at the inquiry concerned the impact of the proposals on the character and appearance of the area and whether the site would be a suitable location for new housing, having regard to social and physical...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Lang J has handed down judgment in Ikram v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2019] EWHC (Admin). The Claimant, Mr Ikram, lived at 854 Harrow Road. Adjacent to 852 and 856-858 Harrow Road. 856-858 Harrow Road were constructed as two semi-detached dwelling houses and were in residential use for many years.  In 2007 use of 856-858 Harrow Road was regularised for use as...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Welcocks Skip Hire Ltd v Network Rail [2019] UKUT 0162 In a decision dated 17 July 2019 the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has awarded compensation in excess of £8,000,000 to a claimant company whose waste transfer business was extinguished by Network Rail’s Thameslink 2000 Scheme. Welcocks Skip Hire Ltd was established by its owners, Mr Roy Welsh and Frank Cocks, during the 1970s. In 1990 the...

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