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Douglas Edwards QC
An Inspector has allowed an appeal made by Family Mosaic (now part of Peabody) for conversion of two large blocks of studio apartments off Nevern Square, in Kensington, which had for many decades been made available, on affordable terms, to provide a series of new self-contained one and two bedroom flats. The Inspector, in his decision, accepted that, notwithstanding the history of occupation,...
Caroline Daly
In a decision that will be of interest to highway authorities, a District Judge has found that two roads with no through route on the Halliwick Park Estate in Friern Barnet are not of “sufficient utility to the public” to justify them becoming maintainable at public expense under s. 37(2) of the Highways Act 1980, following a hearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court.  S. 37 of the Highways Act...
Gerald Gouriet QC
At a hearing on Thursday 21 November, the London Borough of Camden’s Licensing Committee refused permission for an alcohol licence for immersive zombie theatre, Variant 31 in Bloomsbury, London. The show’s American producer Dalton M Dale told Camden Licensing committee that he would like an alcohol licence so that “guests can discuss their experience after the show, over a drink or two”, just...
Craig Howell Williams QC
The High Court has dismissed a challenge brought by Douglas Bond against the Vale of White Horse District Council’s decision to correct an error in its Adopted Policies Map (Douglas Bond v Vale of White Horse District Council [2019] EWHC 3080 (Admin)). The need for the Council to correct its Adopted Policies Map arose as a consequence of the Map incorrectly depicting the extent of the Green Belt...
We are delighted to announce that the annual FTB Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot competition is now open to teams of undergraduate, GDL, LPC and BPTC students. With moots covering European, environmental and public law, the competition will take place over three rounds. The first round sees entrants judged on their skeleton arguments, with the top-scoring teams appearing at the semi-final in London...
Craig Howell Williams QC
Following a two day hearing and consideration of extensive expert evidence, Inspector Roger Catchpole allowed an appeal and granted planning permission for the erection of a petrol filling station with sales building, canopy, car parking, 3 no. fuel pumps and ancillary facilities at 5 Welham Road, Norton, North Yorkshire YO17 9DP. The main issues were identified by the Inspector as the effect of...
Charles Streeten
The High Court has dismissed a challenge by the trustees of the Central Gurdwara (British Isles) London Khalsa Jatha to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to impose additional parking restrictions in an area which includes the Central Gurdwara (Anand v RBKC [2019] EWHC 2964 (Admin)). The Gurdwara challenged the decision on the grounds that: (1) RBKC had breached the public...
Sarah Sackman
Timothy Mould QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has handed down judgment this morning in R (Patel) v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] EWHC 1234 (Admin), quashing a grant of planning permission which authorised (amongst other things) the change of use of an existing health centre to a convenience store. The Claimant was the joint owner of a local convenience store located in the town centre...
Guy Roots QC
The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber (Martin Rodger QC, Deputy Chamber President, and Mr Peter McCrae FRICS) has allowed an appeal against a certificate of appropriate alternative development: Pro Investments Ltd v Hounslow LBC ACQ/24/2018; [2019] UKUT 319 (LC). The Claimant’s land had been acquired compulsorily to construct 3 tall residential buildings as part of “enabling” development comprising in...
Meyric Lewis
Caerus (Sotheron Place) Limited’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission by LB Hammersmith and Fulham has been dismissed following a public inquiry. The appeal proposals were for were for 36 residential dwellings and 2,340 sq m commercial floorspace (Use Class A1-3, B1 and D2) in buildings of up to 6 storeys (plus basement level), with associated parking, landscaping and amenity space...

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