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James Rankin
Opium Nightclub, the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of Best Luxury Nightclub in London 2019, has lost its licence. The 500 capacity nightclub had only been open since December 2018 following a £7 million pound refurbishment of its Rupert Street Location. The club hosted a promoted event on 25th August 2019 at which one person was stabbed and another person was shot. The...
Alexander Greaves
Following public inquiry earlier this year, an Inspector has dismissed a s. 78 appeal against the decision of Buckinghamshire County Council to refuse planning permission for a strategic waste facility comprising a materials recycling facility (100,000 tpa); anaerobic digestion facility (50,000 tpa); and a construction, demolition and excavation recycling facility (150,000 tpa) on a former...
Alexander Greaves
A planning inspector has dismissed two enforcement appeals and one  s. 78 appeal which concerned the use of redundant industrial buildings for live/work units, and made an award of costs against the Appellant. The decision contains an interesting discussion regarding the application of residential technical standards to live/work units. The Inspector found that although the residential space...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has allowed East Herts District Council’s committal application for breaches of an injunction requiring the cessation of use of a site outside the village of Little Hadham, Hertfordshire as an unauthorised residential encampment, see East Hertfordshire District Council v Docherty and Ors [2019] EWHC 2292. The camp was established over the Easter weekend without planning permission...
Sarah Sackman
Following an examination hearing on 30 May 2019 an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State has recommended adoption of the Bordesley Park Area Action Plan. The Inspector identified three main issues on which he considered the soundness of the Area Action Plan depended. First, whether the Area Action Plan as a whole was consistent with the Birmingham Development Plan and national policy;...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Sir Duncan Ouseley has handed down judgment in the case of Dylon 2 Ltd v London Borough of Bromley [2019] EWHC 2366 (Admin), rejecting the Claimant’s s. 113 challenge brought against the adoption of the Bromley Local Plan (BLP). The challenge was brought on three grounds. The point of particular interest in the case relates to the Court’s findings as to the duty to give reasons on the part of a...
Gregory Jones QC
Deputy Judge Ockelton has refused two applications for permission to judicially review decisions taken by Lambeth Council as part of the Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project. The Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project is a large multimillion pound regenerative scheme of works designed to improve highways safety and use in central London. Consultation on this scheme started over 5...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are please to announce that Douglas Edwards QC has today been appointed as a Recorder. The appointment has been made by HM the Queen on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor and of the Lord Chief Justice. Douglas has been assigned to the South Eastern Circuit and will be sitting in the Crown Court. The role of a recorder is not a full time judicial appointment but requires several weeks of...
Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2019
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to receive two nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2019. Chambers has been nominated as Environment/Planning Set of the Year for the twelfth time. Rebecca Clutten has been nominated as Environment/Planning Junior of the Year. The Chambers Bar Awards will be held at The London Hilton, Park Lane on 31 October.
Jeremy Phillips QC
Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Disciplinary Panel of the Lawn Tennis Association. Jeremy brings to the role nearly four decades’ experience concerning the fitness and propriety of individuals in a wide range of activities, including sports, casinos, minicabs, sex entertainment, public houses, the security industry and amusement arcades. He also...

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