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Fourth edition Charles Mynors ".. a friendly and dependable guide through the complexities of the legislation .." from the Foreword by Lord Justice Carnwath CVO Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments is now the standard reference work on this important area of law. It provides a comprehensive manual of the law and practice relating to historic buildings and areas throughout the United...
Richard Phillips QC, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An application for a large dwelling-house in the countryside near the village of Hurstbourne Priors in Hampshire was called in for determination by the First Secretary of State following approval of the scheme by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The proposal involved a large four-storey house (with underground parking), designed by Robert Adam (as a development of the classical...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
. The House of Lords gave judgement today in the Trap Grounds case - Oxfordshire County Council v. Oxford City Council and Robinson. 2. Under the definition contained in the Commons Registration Act 1965 (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000) (the "new" definition) use of a town or village green has to be continuing. The key question is, continuing until when? The Court of...
Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
2 Harcourt Buildings, the Chambers of the Robin Purchas QC, has announced that it has attracted four leading practitioners, expert in the fields of licensing and statutory regulation, to join the set. The four - Kevin de Haan QC, Gerald Gouriet, Mark Harris and James Rankin - join from 3 Raymond Buildings. Chambers has also taken on Harry Spurr from St John's Chambers, and Juan Lopez, who...
The long-running inquiry into an appeal by Willbond Limited against the decision by Westminster City Council to refuse planning permission for the erection of five luxury penthouse flats at South Lodge in St John's Wood, London NW8, finally concluded on 12th April 2006. The Inspector's decision, dismissing the appeal, was received on 17th May 2006. The original inquiry, which commenced in January...
Robert Fookes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the first ordinary Drought Oredr under section 73(3)(b) of the Water Resources Act 1991 authorising Sutton and East Surrey Water to prohibit or limit the use of water for partcular purposes within its area of water supply. The Order allows the Company to prohibit all of the purposes set out in the Drought Direction...
Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of our new tenants. Harry Spurr and Juan Lopez are joining us with immediate effect as full tenants and Darren Abrahams has become a door tenant to reinforce our European links. Harry Spurr was called to the Bar in 2001 and was previously practising in Bristol. He has an established planning, local government and licensing practice with a...
Gregory Jones QC
The European Court of Justice ruled on 4th May in case C-290/03 that the English regulations prohibiting formal environmental assessment under Directive 85/337/EEC at the reserved matters stage of an outline permission are incompatible with the European Community law. The Court held that if the environmental effects are not identifiable until the reserved matters stage the assessment or a new...
With effect from 1 April 2006, Charles George QC has been appointed to the Provincial Panels for Canterbury and York as a Chairman of Bishops' Disciplinary Tribunals, established under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, to hear complaints of misconduct against priests and deacons at diocesan level. In addition nominated chairmen may be appointed to chair the provincial court of the Vicar-General...
WYCHAVON DISTRICT COUNCIL v RAFFERTY & ORS (2006) CA (Civ Div) (Sir Andrew Morritt C, Tuckey LJ, Sir Peter Gibson) 27/4/2006 Wychavon District Council had obtained an injunction preventing Gypsies and Travellers from occupying a site in their district without first obtaining planning permission. The injunction was breached and the Gypsies moved onto the site and began using it for residential...

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