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Gregory Jones QC
In The Shore v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Southend on Sea Borough [2018] EWHC 288 (Admin) Mr John Howell sitting as a Deputy high court judge held that an inspector had not erred in law in rejecting a planning appeal on noise grounds.  The applicant for a residential car park for residential flats had submitted expert noise evidence and following the production of...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12 February 2018 the Secretary of State granted planning permission for residential development on land at Bersted, West Sussex. The development site comprises greenfield land outside of the existing settlement, lying within a designated Strategic Gap. The Secretary of State called the matter in for his own determination owing to a perceived conflict with the development plan, and in...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mrs Justice Lang has granted leave for a Judicial Review by the Foxhill Residents Association challenging the decision of Bath and North East Somerset Council to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of Foxhill Estate in Bath and the provision of 700 new dwellings. The proposal will result in the complete demolition of the existing estate of 542 dwellings and the net loss of 204 units...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Warwickshire County Council has resolved to reject an application to register as a town green a series of fields on the edge of Rugby, which are proposed to be developed as a series of new schools by the local education authority and by the Education Funding Agency. The Inspector appointed by the Commons Registration Authority, following a six day public inquiry, recommended that the application...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State’s planning inspector has quashed an enforcement notice issued by Westminster City Council which sought to require 90 serviced apartments at 8-18 Inverness Terrace which are operating as an apart-hotel to be used as a hostel. The notice served by the Council alleged “an unauthorised material change of use of Inverness Terrace from a hostel or hostel-type accommodation...
Horatio Waller Barrister
FTB is delighted to announce that Horatio Waller has accepted an invitation to join Chambers. Horatio completed his pupillage under the supervision of Suzanne Ornsby QC, Douglas Edwards QC, Richard Honey, Melissa Murphy and Cain Ormondroyd.   Horatio studied law (LLB) at Manchester, achieving a First Class and earning the highest mark of the year in 2011.  He also has an LLM from Cambridge...
Stephanie Hall, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The development was unique in being promoted as the first BREEAM Communities accredited scheme and was intended to be developed in line with garden village principles. However, the Council successfully argued that the development was in conflict with the development plan in bringing large scale development to an area not allocated for substantial growth. The development was located some distance...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed the Kent County Council (A28 Chart Road Improvement) (Compulsory Purchase) Order 2017.  The Order allows the widening of the A28 Chart Road to a two lane dual carriageway with works to a number of roundabouts and junctions, and the construction of a new bridge over the London to Dover railway line.  The scheme will assist the Chilmington Green...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
This morning Ouseley J handed down judgment in a major case concerning local government development vehicles. The Claimant, a resident of Haringey, challenged the Council’s controversial decision to establish the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV). The joint venture between the Council and Lendlease would be the largest local authority development vehicle of its kind. The judgment considers for...
Gerald Gouriet QC
Delta Taxis wins battle to operate throughout Merseyside. The High Court has ruled that a policy requiring Private Hire Drivers to work “predominantly” in the  area of the Knowsley licensing authority is unlawful. Knowsley Borough Council had amended its Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s Policy so as to require applicants for PHV drivers licences to sign an undertaking that they would work...

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