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Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has today handed down judgment in R (Broad) v Rochford DC  [2019] EWHC 628 (Admin), upholding the Council's decision to grant planning permission for an amended development proposal without further consultation. Sanctuary Group applied for planning permission for two blocks of affordable residential accommodation on a site adjacent to the Claimant's home (known as "Keld"). The...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Newton Longville have again been granted permission to apply for judicial review in a challenge to Aylesbury Vale DC’s planning decision making.  (Their previous success was to the Council’s purported delegated authority in giving permission for another development in the Parish – the report on which received the greatest number of hits for that week in Local Government Lawyer). This time the...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Legatt LJ and Andrews J, sitting as a Divisional Court, have handed down judgment in R (ICAEW) v Lord Chancellor [2019] EWHC 461 (Admin) dismissing a challenge by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (“ICAEW”) to the Lord Chancellor’s decision, contrary to the recommendation of the Legal Services Board (“LSB”), to reject their application to become an approved regulator and...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Important High Court judgement on PPG Mrs Justice Lieven has handed down judgment in R (Solo Retail) v Torridge DC [2019] 489 (Admin) The Claimant operates a large out of town retail outlet. It judicially reviewed the grant of planning permission for a 32,500sqft rival retail outlet, B&M Stores, in a neighbouring location.  The claim was brought on the on the basis that the developer's retail...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has dismissed a claim for Judicial Review against the London Borough of Islington which had granted planning permission for a night shelter operated by the charity Shelter From the Storm to alleviate homelessness. The main ground related to the enforceability of a planning condition which required a review of the shelter’s operations to be submitted after a year of commencing...
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover QC, Cain Ormondroyd, Hugh Flanagan Three barristers from FTB have appeared in the Supreme Court in the case of Hewitt (VO) v Telereal Trillium, a case dealing with the correct approach to the valuation of a vacant public sector office building in Blackpool known as Mexford House.  Hugh Flanagan, led by Hui Ling McCarthy QC, appeared for the Appellant valuation officer; Richard...
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mark Hill's overseas tour which has taken him to Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia concluded this week in Australia when he delivered the 2019 Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law. Large audiences attended Trinity College, Melbourne on 20 February and St James Institute, Sydney, on 21 February to hear him speak on Anglican Canon Law: Identity, Ecclesiology and Ecumenism....
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Permission to appeal has been granted against the judgment of Nathalie Lieven QC (as she then was) in the case of CPRE Surrey v Waverley BC [2018] EWHC 2969 (Admin).  The case concerns Waveley Borough Council’s decision to accept an inspector’s recommendation to increase the housing requirement in its local plan by 3,150 dwellings to accommodate unmet need arising from Woking borough. In granting...
Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
This appeal is currently being broadcast live via the Courts and Truibunals Judiciary website: Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis is appearing as junior to Jessica Simoor QC for the appellant in this application for permission to appeal the Order of Ouseley J (10 December 2018) that refused a renewed application for permission to apply for judicial review. The Appellants are four individuals who...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12 September 2018 the Department for Transport accepted the recommendations of Highways England as to the preferred corridor area for the new Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road. The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust sought judicial review of the decision on three grounds: (1) the decision should have been subject to a formal environmental assessment process under EU Directive 2001/42/EC on...

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