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Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided to make the Boston Barrier Order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 following a four week inquiry held in April/May 2017.  The Order provides for the construction and operation of the £100 million Boston Barrier, a tidal flood barrier on the Haven in Boston, and the compulsory acquisition of necessary land and...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Oxford City Council’s refusal of planning permission for 286 units of student accommodation on Merton College’s former playing fields site has been upheld on appeal after a two week inquiry. The site lies within the Central (University and City) Conservation Area and neighbours numerous significant heritage assets including the Grade I listed St Catherine’s College, Magdalen College’s Grade I...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal in Dover DC v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79 (judgment here; press summary here) and affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal quashing permission for major development in the Kent Downs AONB. In an important judgment that reviews the obligation to give reasons in planning cases, Lord Carnwath (with whom Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lady Black and Lord Lloyd...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court from the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has been made in the case of a judicial review brought by Chris Murphy against the decision of the NI Minister for Infrastructure to proceed with the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson road scheme under the Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993.  The judicial review is based on breach of Article 6...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has dismissed a challenge by Save Britain’s Heritage which argued that the Secretary of State was under a duty to give reasons for his decision not to call in a large redevelopment adjacent to Paddington Station known as the Paddington Cube. Following the decision not to call in the application, Westminster City Council granted planning permission for the development. Save...
James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are pleased to announce that James Pereira QC and Ned Westaway have been nominated as Real estate, environment and planning Silk and Junior of the Year 2018 respectively. James Pereira QC was also nominated in 2016.
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The London Borough of Southwark has successfully fought off a challenge by the operator of Rock Island Bar and Grill who sought to extend its operating hours and remove the “restaurant condition” from its premises licence just six months after it was granted. The appeal, heard before District Judge Karim Ezz at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, also raised an interesting legal issue on the...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Supperstone has refused permission to apply for judicial review of a decision by LB Camden to grant planning permission for a comprehensive redevelopment of land at 156 West End Lane, West Hampstead (Travis Perkins (Properties) Limited v. LB Camden (CO/3591/2017)). The proposed development includes 164 residential units, flexible non-residential, employment and community floorspace,...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has dismissed an appeal by Gladman Developments Limited against the decision of Aylesbury Vale DC to grant planning permission for 211 houses on a greenfield site south of Verney Road, Winslow, Buckinghamshire (APP/J0405/W/15/3137920).  A public inquiry was held over six days in July 2016, and the Inspector reported to the Secretary of...
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Guy Roots QC was invited to present a paper about the Pointe Gourde principle at the 6th Annual RICS/IPTI Caribbean Region Conference which took place recently in Trinidad only a short distance from the Pointe Gourde peninsula which gave its name to the well known case Pointe Gourde Quarrying & Transport Co Ltd v Sub-intendent of Crown Lands [1947] AC 565. Although in UK this principle has...

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