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Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12 September 2018 the Department for Transport accepted the recommendations of Highways England as to the preferred corridor area for the new Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road. The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust sought judicial review of the decision on three grounds: (1) the decision should have been subject to a formal environmental assessment process under EU Directive 2001/42/EC on...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a much anticipated judgment which brings to an end years of litigation concerning the future of a nursery and community building unlawfully erected in the disused, but consecrated, burial ground of Christ Church, Spitalfields, the Court of Arches has ordered that a restoration order be made with the effect that the nursery is to be demolished by February 2029. At first instance, acting deputy...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal against the decision of HHJ Keyser QC in the case of R (Becker) v Hertforshire CC [2018] EWHC 1974 (Admin).  The claim relates to green waste operations in the Metropolitan Green Belt.  The High Court quashed permission to operate a maturation site on the basis of an error (admitted by the Defendant and Interested Party) in the application of...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 5 February 2019, the High Court handed down an important judgment concerning the scope of permitted development rights for telephone boxes with advertising capabilities (Westminster CC v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Ors [2019] EWHC 176 (Admin)). Ouseley J, allowing an appeal against the decision of an Inspector to grant prior approval for the...
Simon Bird QC, planning, local government and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The old police training college at Bramshill is regarded as one of the most important historic buildings in the country, a fabulous Jacobean mansion, set within its designed garden and parkland. It is unusually well preserved. The house was built to accommodate the king on royal progress and was designed to provide royal and family apartments and included public and private rooms. The provision...
Melissa Murphy
Good news for the owners of a five storey building in Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area in London: planning permission has been granted on appeal, for the building’s conversion into an apart-hotel (C1). The grant of planning permission is the latest episode in a long running saga. The background was an attempt by the London Borough of Islington to prosecute the owners, alleging non-compliance...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has confirmed the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (Marketfield Way) Compulsory Purchase Order 2018 and associated Highway Extinguishment Order. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council made the Marketfield Way CPO pursuant to s.226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in 2018 to facilitate the regeneration of Redhill Town Centre. The regeneration of the town centre...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chambers is delighted to announce that Morag Ellis QC has been appointed as the QC Church Commissioner on the nomination of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.  The appointment is effective from 1 January 2019 for an initial period of three years. Morag will continue to be a full-time practising member of the Bar.
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A claim of judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision not to revoke the grant of planning permission for an open cast coal mine in County Durham has been allowed. Planning permission was granted for the mine in 2015. However, the developer, UK Coal Mining Ltd subsequently went into liquidation. However, shortly before the permission expired, the land was bought by HJ Banks and Co. The...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has allowed two claims for judicial review brought by the Liverpool Open and Green Spaces Society (“LOGS”). The claims challenged two grants of planning permission for developments (one a housing scheme and the other to enable a miniature railway to be moved to provide land for the housing scheme) in Calderstones Park, Liverpool.  The claims were allowed on two grounds.  Firstly,...

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