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Merrow Golden
The Secretary of State has decided to make the Network Rail (Cambridgeshire Level Crossing Reduction) Order subject to a number of modifications.  This is the first decision to be published by the Secretary of State concerning the three Level Crossing Reduction Orders simultaneously pursued by Network Rail in 2017, covering Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. The Inquiry into the Cambridgeshire...
Sarah Sackman
On 10th and 11th December 2020, the High Court will hear Lisa Smith v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – which raises questions of significant public interest concerning discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers. Ground 1 concerns whether the definition of “Gypsies and Travellers” contained in Annex 1 of the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015 is...
Isabella Tafur
Planning permission has been refused for 343 homes (including 58% affordable) and commercial space in the Olympic regeneration site and Opportunity Area of Pudding Mill. The London Legacy Development Corporation refused permission for the scheme on the basis of its poor design. Following a 7 day inquiry, the Inspector has dismissed the Appellant’s appeal. The scheme, designed by Hawkins Brown...
Gregory Jones QC
The High Court has quashed the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a proposed 51 storey residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street, following a concession by the Defendant City Council acknowledging the unlawfulness of the grant. The application...
Alexander Booth QC
Dreamland Leisure Cinema Ltd  & Pavenham Holdings Ltd v Thanet District Council [2020] UKUT 0305 In a decision dated 17 November 2020 the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has rejected a claim for compensation against Thanet District Council, regarding interest which the claimant companies alleged had accrued in respect of a loan against premises which were compulsorily acquired. The proceedings...
Merrow Golden
Kent County Council has successfully prosecuted a large-scale developer for unlawfully obstructing, and disturbing the surface of, a restricted byway running through its development site. The developer had, inter alia, built buildings over the route of the highway, blocking its use for users of the rights of way network. The defendant organisation pleaded guilty to a breach of section 137 (wilful...
Horatio Waller
The ancient documents by which the inclosure process was undertaken continue to give rise to fresh debate, as is demonstrated from the judgment handed down today by Mrs Justice Lieven DBE in Craggs v SoS and Others [2020] EWHC 3346 (Admin).    The Claimant, Mrs Craggs, made an application to the local highway authority for a definitive map modification order. One of her arguments was that the...
Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
It is with enormous sadness that we have learnt of the death of Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore on 1 December 2020. Lord Kerr had a most distinguished career as a judge, becoming a High Court judge in Northern Ireland at the age of 44 and subsequently serving for five years as the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. In 2009 he was appointed to the House of Lords as the last Lord of Appeal in Ordinary...
Isabella Tafur
The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in R(on the application of Wingfield) v Canterbury City Council [2020] EWHC 1975 (Admin). The case concerned two applications to re-open the refusal of permission to appeal pursuant to CPR 52.30 in two separate cases relating to the grant of planning permission for housing development in Canterbury. The Claimant had challenged those decisions by...
We are delighted to announce that the annual FTB Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot competition is now open to teams of undergraduate, GDL, LPC and BPTC students. With moots covering European, environmental and public law, the competition will take place over three rounds. The first round sees entrants judged on their skeleton arguments, with the top-scoring teams appearing at the semi-final in London...

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