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Craig Howell Williams QC
The High Court has dismissed a challenge brought by Douglas Bond against the Vale of White Horse District Council’s decision to correct an error in its Adopted Policies Map (Douglas Bond v Vale of White Horse District Council [2019] EWHC 3080 (Admin)). The need for the Council to correct its Adopted Policies Map arose as a consequence of the Map incorrectly depicting the extent of the Green Belt...
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...
Following a two day hearing and consideration of extensive expert evidence, Inspector Roger Catchpole allowed an appeal and granted planning permission for the erection of a petrol filling station with sales building, canopy, car parking, 3 no. fuel pumps and ancillary facilities at 5 Welham Road, Norton, North Yorkshire YO17 9DP. The main issues were identified by the Inspector as the effect of...
Charles Streeten
The High Court has dismissed a challenge by the trustees of the Central Gurdwara (British Isles) London Khalsa Jatha to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to impose additional parking restrictions in an area which includes the Central Gurdwara (Anand v RBKC [2019] EWHC 2964 (Admin)). The Gurdwara challenged the decision on the grounds that: (1) RBKC had breached the public...
Sarah Sackman
Timothy Mould QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has handed down judgment this morning in R (Patel) v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] EWHC 1234 (Admin), quashing a grant of planning permission which authorised (amongst other things) the change of use of an existing health centre to a convenience store. The Claimant was the joint owner of a local convenience store located in the town centre...
Guy Roots QC
The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber (Martin Rodger QC, Deputy Chamber President, and Mr Peter McCrae FRICS) has allowed an appeal against a certificate of appropriate alternative development: Pro Investments Ltd v Hounslow LBC ACQ/24/2018; [2019] UKUT 319 (LC). The Claimant’s land had been acquired compulsorily to construct 3 tall residential buildings as part of “enabling” development comprising in...
Meyric Lewis
Caerus (Sotheron Place) Limited’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission by LB Hammersmith and Fulham has been dismissed following a public inquiry. The appeal proposals were for were for 36 residential dwellings and 2,340 sq m commercial floorspace (Use Class A1-3, B1 and D2) in buildings of up to 6 storeys (plus basement level), with associated parking, landscaping and amenity space...
Charles Streeten
The London Borough of Islington has overturned a planning Inspector’s finding that development was immune from enforcement action in the High Court. Lang J has held, in Islington v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2019] EWHC 2691 (Admin), that an Inspector misdirected himself in law on the question of whether land at 85 Newington Green Road, Islington, had been...
Douglas Edwards QC
The report of the Panel of Inspectors appointed to examine the soundness of the proposed new London Plan has been published by the Mayor of London. One of the most significant of the conclusions of the Panel was to find unsound the Plan’s reliance on small sites and the introduction of a presumption in favour of development of such sites. The effect of the Plan’s approach would have been to...
Gregory Jones QC
An inspector allowed an appeal granting planning permission for the change of use of an existing building in southeast London from storage (class B8) to residential (class C3) to provide 2 x three bed, 6 x one bed, and 1 x studio residential units together with the construction of a mansard roof extension to create a second floor, a 2 storey extension to the side and installation of replacement...

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