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Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The two joined cases, Crondall Parish Council v Secretary of State and Others (CO/3900/2018) and Canterbury City Council v Secretary of State (CO/3625/2018) are important for four reasons. First Crondall Parish Council was granted Aarhus costs protection by John Howell QC sitting as a deputy High Court Judge in a carefully reasoned judgement. Second Mr Justice Dove applied the approach of the...
Suzanne Ornsby QC, public, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been refused for a residential development of up to 370 dwellings on the edge of Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. The inquiry raised a number of interesting points including the approach to prematurity, locational sustainability, harm to designated and non-designated heritage assets, and the approach to take to the tilted balance in circumstances where South...
Gregory Jones QC
The Court of Appeal has given useful guidance as to what constitutes a trigger event for the purposes of the Commons Act 2006. It rejected the narrow approach of the registration authority which had argued that “potential” in “identified for potential development” did no more than reflect the fact that a development plan could not compel the development of a particular piece of land. The Court...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The appeal has just been heard relating to a redevelopment proposal at Pampisford Industrial Estate on a part of the historically contaminated site formerly owned by Eastern Counties Leather, the defendants in the nuisance proceedings brought by Cambridge Water which went all the way to the House of Lords in the 1990s, Cambridge Water Ltd v. Eastern Counties Leather plc [1994] 2 AC 264. Having...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
  CONTROVERSIAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS CPO INQUIRY DECISION 3 May 2019 Ref: PCU/CPOP/M2270/3211220 Inspector Graham Dudley (Hons) Arch Dip Cons AA RIBA FRICS Following a three week public inquiry, the Calverley Square Compulsory Purchase Order has been confirmed without amendment. The CPO was made under section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 by...
David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mrs Justice Farbey, sitting in the Administrative Court, has dismissed a renewed application for a Costs Capping Order ("CCO") pursuant to section 88 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and has ordered We Love Hackney Limited ("WLH") to pay security for costs in the sum of £60,000 if it intends to proceed with its claim for judicial review. The applications arose in the context of a claim...
Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Heathrow Third Runway Litigation comprised five claims for judicial review challenging the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (“ANPS”).  In four claims, the claimants comprised the London Borough of Hillingdon (in which Heathrow is situated) and four adjacent boroughs, the Mayor of London, several non-Government organisations...
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
Paradise City has failed in its attempt to obtain an SEV ( sex encounter venue) licence for a site at premises that had previously been licensed as Legs 11 and traded from two sites in Birmingham: Broad Street and Ladywell Walk.  Both licences were revoked in 2017 at the request of West Midlands Police following allegations of a catalogue of licence breaches (including the “no touching rule”),...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In Gladman Developments Ltd v Canterbury City Council [2019] EWCA Civ 669 a strong Court of Appeal comprising the Master of the Rolls, Lindblom LJ and Floyd LJ, has upheld the decision of Dove J to quash the grant of planning permission for a housing development in Canterbury, on the basis of the Inspector’s misinterpretation of planning policy. The Inspector had found that the proposed...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The “Bermondsey Beer Mile” in the London Borough of Southwark has become famous, or infamous (depending on one’s perspective), for the number of micro-breweries and tap-rooms that have set up in recent years under the railway arches in Druid Street close to London Bridge station. It attracts groups of (mainly) men who sample their delights one after the other. Unsurprisingly, this has led to...

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