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James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
At a packed meeting of Tewkesbury Borough Council on 19/6/18 the popular live music festival was granted a licence for its new site in Brockworth. There was substantial local and police objection to the new site which would have allowed the festival an increased capacity of 10,000 people for the three day August Bank Holiday. The previous licence had been for 2250. The Council granted the licence...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Somerset County Council has accepted the recommendation of an inspector following an inquiry lasting almost three weeks into an application to register as a village green land at Norton St Philip in Somerset.  The application site was almost five hectares but only a small part of the application site – one corner – is to be registered.  The application was rejected in relation to the great...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a significant victory for residents of the Foxhill estate, Bath who have campaigned against the demolition of their homes and redevelopment of the estate for 5 years, on Wednesday 20 June 2018 Mr Justice Lewis handed down judgment in R (Buckley) v Bath and North East Somerset Council. The local authority had granted planning permission for the demolition of the existing estate of 542 homes and...
Simon Bird QC, planning, local government and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has dismissed the proposal for a new settlement of up to 2,068 dwellings with associated infrastructure on 114.7 ha of land at the former RAF Wisley Airfield near Guildford in Surrey – which closed in 1979 (read the decision and Inspector’s report here).  Development at the site, which is in the existing Green Belt, was very controversial and was called in for determination...
Gregory Jones QC
Inspector, Mr William Fieldhouse, has found the Cotswold District Local Plan and CIL to be sound and policy compliant. Gregory Jones QC appeared for the District at the examinations in public into both the local plan and also the CIL.  
Annabel Graham Paul, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On Friday 8 June 2018, Garnham J allowed an appeal by way of case stated in respect of a decision of a District Judge to stay a planning prosecution as an abuse of process. Ceredigion County Council had brought a prosecution against four Defendants for failing to comply with three enforcement notices requiring removal of habitable structures within a forest, and the cessation of residential use....
Timothy Comyn, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a 4 week public inquiry held in the autumn of 2017, Inspector Martin Elliot BSc FIPROW has recommended that the Camden (Torrington Place to Tavistock Place) (Prescribed Routes, Waiting and Loading Restrictions and Loading Places) Traffic Order [2017] is not made in the form proposed and promoted by the London Borough of Camden, but instead that it be modified (under regulation 14 (4) of...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully resisted an appeal by Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited against the refusal of full planning permission for 46 residential dwellings, together with associated infrastructure and landscaping (including a 'village green')  in Brighthampton. Spitfire specialises in 'high-quality, bespoke residential development' and promoted the scheme on this basis....
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has submitted to judgment in West Oxfordshire District Council’s challenge to an appeal decision relating to a proposed Gladman development at Cote Road, Aston, Oxfordshire. The Council’s grounds of challenge were that the Inspector had fallen into the trap of failing to consider the interaction between paras. 134 and 14 of the NPPF and therefore applied the wrong test when...
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Supreme Court has today delivered its long-awaited judgment concerning abortion law in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission had sought a declaration that the law criminalising abortion was incompatible with Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case was argued last October before a seven judge court. Mark Hill QC acted for the Fifth...

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