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Melissa Murphy
The London Borough of Islington’s prosecution of the owners and occupiers of a five storey building in Clerkenwell, London has been stayed as an abuse of process by a judge of the Crown Court at Blackfriars. The building is in a conservation area; the Council alleged non-compliance with a planning enforcement notice. The judge heard evidence from the Council’s enforcement officer and from an...
Gregory Jones QC
The High Court has quashed the decision of an inspector granting permission for the extension and retention of a strategic materials recycling facility (“MRF”) at Lower Compton, near Calne in Wiltshire. The claim was brought by a group of local residents, known as the Wiltshire Waste Alliance (“WWA”), who appeared as a rule 6 party at the inquiry, but were left as the de facto main party...
Gregory Jones QC
Gregory Jones QC addressed Law and the Environment 2018 16th Annual Conference at University College, Cork.  He spoke on the recent  decision of the high court of Ireland in Connelly v ABP on the giving of reasons in planning and Appropriate Assessment cases and contrasted by the approach of the Irish and English courts.    
Gregory Jones QC
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that the London home of the India Club Restaurant and Strand Continental Hotel will not be listed. Marston Properties, the family-owned company which own the building, has plans to "refurbish and update the building to modern standards while retaining and repairing the external front façade, which dates from around 1910".  The...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are delighted to announce that Meyric Lewis has been appointed as Chambers' Pro Bono Champion as part of the Bar Pro Bono Unit's initiative to encourage barristers to take on not-for-profit work.
James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
James Pereira QC has acted successfully for Canterbury City Council on a CPO to unlock the redevelopment of an important part of Canterbury city’s town centre.  The Canterbury City Council (Land to the Rear of  7-10 St Margaret’s Street, Canterbury) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017 was made by the Council to unlock the redevelopment of the site of the former Slatter’s Hotel, located in a...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Morag Ellis QC, Commissary General of the Diocese of Canterbury, granted a Faculty to install CCTV cameras in the Grade 1 listed church of St Mary the Virgin Chartham. The proposal was part of the church’s partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund to widen public access. In her judgment, she set down principles to guide the determination of similar petitions in the Diocese. She reviewed secular...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
WG launched simultaneous consultations on “Changes to the Approval of Infrastructure Development” and “National Development Framework: Issues, options and preferred option” on 30 April. Consultations close on 23 July. The first document reflects changes to the law as a result of the Wales Act 2017, which will, from 1 April 2019, have the effect of devolving power to the Welsh Ministers in...
Gerald Gouriet QC
The licensing panel of Brighton and Hove have refused to renew Uber’s licence. In a heavily contested application, heard in public on 23 April, the local Private Hire trade representatives said that Uber was not a fit and proper company to hold an operator’s licence. The recent data breach in America, and the cover-up of it, had serious repercussions world-wide, including Uber passengers in...
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The court of appeal has handed down its judgment in R (Goring-on-Thames PC) v South Oxfordshire DC [2018] EWCA Civ 860.  The High Court (Cranston J) held that the Council had breached its statutory duty under s 66 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, but refused substantive relief pursuant to s 31(2A).  The Appellant then applied for, and was refused, permission to...

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