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Charles Streeten
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgement in Gathercole v Suffolk CC [2020] EWCA Civ 1179 Mr Gathercole's case concerned a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a new school beneath the flight path of military jets, operating from RAF Lakenheath which, since 1941, has been the home of a United States Air Force base. The County Council had recognised that the noise levels at the...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the case of Peel Investments v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government [2020] EWCA Civ 1175.  The two issues arising on the appeal were (1) the correct interpretation of the term “out-of-date” in paragraph 11d of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and (2) the proper application of policies contained within...
Gregory Jones QC
In an unusual scenario, the London Borough of Waltham Forest issued summonses against four Directors of an Isle of Man company, which, itself, was the sole corporate director of two companies who had failed to comply with planning enforcement notices requiring the removal of unlawful flats at various rental properties.  A preliminary issue arose as to whether it is permissible, in law, to...
Sarah Sackman
FTB is delighted to announce that Cain Ormondroyd has been promoted to the Attorney General's A panel of approved counsel, Sarah Sackman has been promoted to the  B panel and Michael Fry and Caroline Daly have been appointed to the C panel. Their appointments commence on 1st September 2020. FTB’s full list of panel members is: Richard Honey (A panel), John Jolliffe (A panel), Mark Westmoreland...
Gary Grant
Following a contested remote hearing before Hackney’s Licensing Sub-Committee on 20 August 2020, Make Shift, the makers of Pop Brixton and  Peckham Levels have successfully obtained three late night premises licences to enable their major new destination venue “Hackney Bridge” to open in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later this year. Hackney Bridge is a brand new, canal-side public destination...
George Mackenzie
The Lands Tribunal has confirmed that the VTE does not have the jurisdiction to quash completion notices issued by Billing Authorities if the VTE considers that the hereditament could not be completed within 3 months of the date of the notice. The case involved a completion notice issued by the London Borough of Newham. The VTE decided that the "customary works” necessary to render the...
Professor Gordon Anthony
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gordon Anthony as an Academic Tenant and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Gordon Anthony is Professor of Public Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and Director of Internationalisation in the School. Educated at Queen’s and the Academy of European Public Law, he has held...
Chambers is delighted that the Right Honourable Lord Justice Lindblom has been appointed as Senior President of Tribunals. Sir Keith Lindblom was a member of Chambers from 1981 (taking silk in 1996) until his appointment as a High Court judge in 2010. He has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2015. He will take up his appointment on 19 September 2020.  
Gary Grant
Hard Rock Café’s international flagship store at Piccadilly Circus, London has been granted a new premises licence to include, for the first time, a stand-alone bar where all customers (both diners and non-diners) can enjoy a drink whilst absorbing the iconic surroundings. The Hard Rock began in 1971 with the opening of their first branch in Old Park Lane in London. The original still operates.  ...
Gregory Jones QC
The High Court has granted permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council in the face of criticisms by Historic England for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street.  Objectors say the development...

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