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Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Murray has rejected a judicial review claim seeking to require the re-testing of a stud male alpaca following earlier tests showing positive results for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) (R (MacDonald) v SSEFRA [2019] EWHC 1783 (Admin)).  The judgment discusses in detail the legal background and testing regimes that apply to bTB in South American camelids.  One particular issue was the use of...
Andrew Tait QC, Head of Chambers and planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mrs Justice Lang DBE has handed down judgment this morning in R (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust) v Secretary of State for Transport and Another [2019] EWHC 1786 (Admin), dismissing a challenge brought by Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust against a decision made by the Secretary of State for Transport to approve recommendations from Highways England relating to a preferred corridor area...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Garden Cinema, a new independent arts cinema and media hub in Seven Dials, Covent Garden London has been granted a premises licence enabling it to serve alcohol and show films as an exception to the London Borough of Camden’s strict Cumulative Impact Policy.  The project is the brainchild of Michael Chambers, the founder of the well-known Chambers & Partners Legal Directories.  The cinema...
Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An application to register land known as 'Freeman's Wood' in Lancaster as a town or village green can go ahead after a judicial review brought by a potential developer (R (Satnam Investments Ltd) v Lancashire County Council) was withdrawn. The application to register the land was first made in 2012. Despite repeated chasing by the applicant, the county council did not conclude that the...
Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal has found that an extensive equestrian complex at the home of Olympian Fiona Bigwood is 'domestic' and therefore not liable to business rates. The Tribunal gave helpful guidance on when stables, and other such buildings, would be considered to be an 'other appurtenance' so as to be classified as domestic property. It will be necessary in each case to...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Meyric Lewis was delighted to appear again on behalf of the CPA at the IRWA International Education Conference 2019, this year in Portland, Oregon, in company with CPA Chair Jon Stott of Gateley Hamer and former CPA Chair Richard Asher of Savills. There was another record attendance at the IRWA’s annual conference with about 1300 delegates from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Nigeria, Uganda...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Blackbushe Airport was registered common land. This unusual state of affairs was because, after requisitioning during the Second World War, the land continued in use as a civil airfield and, upon derequisitioning in 1960, was not returned to use as a common. The current operators of the airport applied to remove the land from the register of common land on the basis that it lay within the...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Dove has handed down judgment in the case of Wavendon Properties v SSHCLG & Milton Keynes Council [2019] EWHC 1524 (Admin) dealing with a number of alleged misinterpretations of the provisions of the new National Planning Policy Framework.  The main issue concerned the meaning of the phrase “the policies which are most important for determining the application are out-of-date” in...
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
At a packed hearing in front of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee, SBE Ltd we’re granted a licence for The Southbeats Festival 2019. The festival is now in its fourth year and has moved to a new site at The St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. The licence application was opposed by 98 residents. The festival’s promoters employed Proud Events to assist with the running of...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The DCO issue specific hearings for the Riverside Energy Park have started in Bexley. The project is an integrated energy park (comprising waste energy recovery, waste anaerobic digestion, battery storage and solar generation) and an electrical connection to be built next to the applicant’s existing facility, the Riverside Resource Recovery Facility. Alexander Booth QC, instructed by Pinsent...

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