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Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The House of Lords has declared the Environmental Assessment Regulations to be unlawful because they do not permit EIA at the reserved matters stage. Robert McCracken QC, Gregory Jones and James Pereira acted for Diane Barker, a mother who lives near Crystal Palace with her daughter. She complained that the decision to grant reserved matters approval for a multiplex development at Crystal Palace...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Collins has quashed a permission for a mixed use development including flats close to Oxford Street. Westminster City Council failed adequately to address the impact of external noise on the amenity of the new flats by reference to the relevant UDP noise standards. The relevant condition requiring a scheme of noise insulation had also been defectively drafted. Robert McCracken QC and...
South Cambridgeshire District Council has become the first council in England to receive an Inspector's report finding its Core Strategy Development Plan Document to be sound. The Core Strategy is one of six Development Plan Documents known collectively with other plans that provide more detailed policy as the Local Development Framework that have been submitted under the new plan-making system....
On 23 October 2006 a Select Committee of the House of Lords considered the opposed clauses within the Transport for London Bill. Following agreed amendments to several provisions to meet the Petition of the London Borough of Barnet, the only remaining opposed clauses related to the regulation of taxi services within Greater London. Subject to one relatively minor amendment, the opposed clauses...
Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to announce that Gerald Gouriet has been made Queen's Counsel in the first list of appointments announced under the new arrangements. Gerald Gouriet joined the set from 3 Raymond Buildings in May 2006.  
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips has been appointed to the C List of the Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates for the Western Circuit.
We are proud to announce that 2 Harcourt Buildings has been awarded the Environment/Planning Set of the Year. Members of Chambers received this prestigious award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2006. The award ceremony, which was held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 28th September, celebrated the very best of barristers' chambers. Our senior clerk Paul Coveney, who...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Judgement has now been given in Anspach & Others v Minister of Planning CL 22/06 by the Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has upheld the challenge, which was brought against a decision of the Chief Minister and Minister of Planning of the Islands, Mr Michael Misick, to grant planning permission for a seven storey hotel and condominium development on a site adjacent to a...
On 10 August 2006, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Poole Opening Bridges Transport and Works Act Order and granted the associated deemed planning permission. A new lifting bridge between Poole and Hamworthy, known as the Twin Sails bridge, is the centrepiece of the permitted scheme. Andrew Tait QC appeared on behalf of the promoting authority, Poole Borough Council, at the...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The President of the Lands Tribunal has issued his decision in the case of Moto Hospitality v Secretary of State for Transport, dealing with the conditions applying to entitlement to compensation for injurious affection where a business's trade is affected by highway works. Moto operates the Cherwell Valley motorway service area (MSA) at the junction 10 Ardley interchange on the M40 motorway. In...

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