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Charles Streeten
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWCA Civ 1756 and has upheld the judgment of Holgate J. in [2020] EWHC 161 Admin. Three substantive judgements were given by Newey, Hickinbottom, and Henderson LJJ, all of whom upheld the first instance decision that the time limit for approving an application for prior...
Mark Westmoreland Smith
The High Court has handed down judgment on the appropriate remedy to be granted to a Claimant Gliding Club who had successfully challenged the lawfulness of a Council’s decision to grant prior approval for development only for all parties to discover (after the hearing was completed) that the decision had been of no legal effect because it had been notified out of time such that the developer had...
Morag Ellis QC
A Planning Inspector has dismissed two joined appeals brought by the Government’s Department for Education and Science against decisions of the London Borough of Camden refusing planning permission and listed building consent for a change of use and associated works to convert the Grade II listed Former Hampstead Police Station at Rosslyn Hill, London NW3 1PD into a one form entry Primary School...
Richard Honey
Francis Taylor Building is delighted that the Queen has accepted the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor that Richard Honey be appointed Queen's Counsel. Richard Honey practises in the fields of public law and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and High Court statutory challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase, compensation and land valuation, and...
Michael Humphries QC
Judgment has been handed in down this morning in the case of R (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) (Respondents) v Heathrow Airport Ltd (Appellant) [2020] UKSC 52 On 26 June 2018, the Secretary of State for Transport designated the Airports National Policy Statement ("ANPS") under section 5(1) of the Planning Act 2008. The NPS sets the national policy framework for the...
Sarah Sackman
The High Court has dismissed a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of guidance issued by the Parole Board in the wake of the John Worboys judgment which gives advice to its members on the consideration of allegations, including unproven allegations, which have been made against a prisoner.   In R (Dean Pearce) v Parole Board for England and Wales [2020] EWHC 3437 (Admin), the Claimant...
Mark Westmoreland Smith
The case concerned whether particular rooms in a vacant office building were in separate rateable occupation. The owners of the office building entered into an agreement with a site security company for the provision of property guardians to occupy the rooms for domestic use as a means of keeping the site secure prior to its redevelopment. It is fairly widespread approach to rates mitigation. ...
Merrow Golden
The Secretary of State has decided to make the Network Rail (Suffolk Level Crossing Reduction) Order subject to a number of modifications.  This is the second decision to be published by the Secretary of State concerning the three Level Crossing Reduction Orders simultaneously pursued by Network Rail in 2017 under the Transport and Works Act 1992. It follows the decision on the Cambridgeshire...
Merrow Golden
The Secretary of State has decided to make the Network Rail (Cambridgeshire Level Crossing Reduction) Order subject to a number of modifications.  This is the first decision to be published by the Secretary of State concerning the three Level Crossing Reduction Orders simultaneously pursued by Network Rail in 2017, covering Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. The Inquiry into the Cambridgeshire...
Isabella Tafur
Planning permission has been refused for 343 homes (including 58% affordable) and commercial space in the Olympic regeneration site and Opportunity Area of Pudding Mill. The London Legacy Development Corporation refused permission for the scheme on the basis of its poor design. Following a 7 day inquiry, the Inspector has dismissed the Appellant’s appeal. The scheme, designed by Hawkins Brown...

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