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Gregory Jones QC
Following a contested renewal hearing this morning before Sir Ross Cranston (Sitting as a High Court Judge), the High Court has granted permission on all of the grounds renewed in R (Save Warsash and the Western Wards) v Fareham Borough Council  (CO/3397/2020).  The case raises questions about whether the guidance issued by Natural England is compliant with Articles 6(2) and 6(3) of the Habitats...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of Gladman Developments Ltd v SSHCLG & Corby BC & Uttlesford DC [2021] EWCA Civ 104 dealing with paragraph 11(d)(ii) and the tilted balance in the National Planning Policy Framework.  The Court of Appeal dismissed the Appellant’s challenges, upholding the decisions of the Secretary of State’s inspectors. Gladman argued that it was a...
Virtual Mini Pupillage 9 April 2021
FTB is pleased to announce that we will be offering interested students an opportunity to attend and participate in a virtual mini-pupillage on 9 April 2021. During the course of the day, participants will hear from members and staff about pupillage and tenancy in FTB, including the application and interview process and insights from all levels of seniority about practice in FTB’s areas of...
Morag Ellis QC
On 28 February 2021 Morag Ellis QC delivered a lecture to Public Law Wales and the Welsh Legal History Society on her role as Dean of the Arches and Auditor and Master of the Faculty Office. A transcript of the lecture can be found here. On Monday 1 February Morag (together with Michael Brendan Brett) delived a webinar on Planning for Data and Storage.
Sarah Sackman
Yesterday afternoon (1 February 2020) Saira Kabir Sheikh QC and Michael Fry were instructed to resist an application for urgent consideration and urgent interim relief made by a trespasser currently in a tunnel below Euston Square Gardens. The occupation is very high profile, and has been featured on all the major new networks and newspapers, for example: The Sun The Guardian The BBC  The...
Ned Westaway
An order made under s.247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”) stopping up land near to a bus stop in the centre of Knowle, Solihull, has been quashed by consent in the High Court (CO/4680/2020). The Open Spaces Society (“OSS”) challenged the order on the basis that the Secretary of State for Transport erred by (i) declining to convene an inquiry without “special...
Ned Westaway
The Supreme Court is today hearing the appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision in Campaign to Protect Rural England – Kent Branch v SSCLG [2019] EWCA Civ 1230 (judgment here). The issue before the Court which is potentially of very wide importance is whether a claimant in statutory and judicial review cases who is unsuccessful at the permission stage should be liable for the costs of...
Charles Streeten
Mrs Justice Steyn has today handed down judgment in Malvern Hills DC v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2021] EWHC 129 (Admin).   The case concerned the grant of planning permission for the storage of ex-British Railways steam operated crane ADRS 9500 for demonstrations at the Welland Steam and Country Rally, in a shed erected across a public foot-path without...
Meyric Lewis
Thurston Parish Council has launched a judicial review against Mid Suffolk Council challenging the grant of planning permission to Bloor Homes for a housing development of 210 units outside the settlement boundary established in the recently made Thurston Neighbourhood Plan. The Council granted planning permission in reliance on the site’s draft allocation for development in the emerging Babergh...
Andrew Tait QC
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2021] EWCA Civ 43 – judgment available here.   The grounds of challenge concerned the interpretation of National Policy Statements for Energy EN-1 and EN-2 and the application of s.104(7) of the Planning Act 2008.  The Court of Appeal held that in making the Drax...

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