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Gregory Jones QC
This week in Cooper Estates Strategic Land v Wiltshire Council [2018] EWHC1704 (Admin) the high court has quashed a town/village green (TVG) registration on the basis that the land had been identified  for “potential development” by policies in the Core Strategy thereby amounting to a “trigger event” preventing the registration of a TVG.  The court rejected a secondary argument that the...
John Jolliffe, planning, environmental and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to announce that John Jolliffe has has been promoted to the Attorney General's A panel of approved counsel and Hugh Flanagan to the B panel. Their appointments commence on 1st September 2018. FTB’s full list of panel members is: Richard Honey (A panel),  Mark Westmoreland Smith (B panel), Cain Ormondroyd (B panel), Ned Westaway (B panel), Sarah Sackman (C panel), Annabel Graham...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
See Meyric Lewis's slides from his presentation at the International Right of Way Association's International Education Conference in Edmonton Canada June 2018 – “Recent Infrastructure Projects and Proposals in the UK” 
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
District Judge Julie Cooper, sitting at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, has upheld the decision of the London Borough of Southwark to revoke a convenience store’s premises licence following allegations of illegal workers being employed in conditions akin to “modern slavery”. Peckham Food and Wine had been found, on six separate occasions, to be employing illegal immigrant workers. A broom...
Gerald Gouriet QC
Judgment in the appeal by Uber (“ULL”) against Transport for London’s refusal to renew its PHV operator’s licence was given on 26 June 2018. Uber was given a licence for a limited ‘probationary’ period of 15 months, subject to a schedule of new conditions. The following conditions may be of interest to licensing practitioners: 6.  Circumvention of obligations:  ULL shall not circumvent any of its...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Westminster Magistrates’ Court has upheld an appeal against a noise abatement notice issued by Westminster Council for an alleged statutory nuisance created by the playing of ‘loud amplified music and speech’ at a domestic property. The allegation of statutory nuisance was based on the subjective judgment of an environmental health officer having observed a single incident of noise for a...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has quashed the grant of planning permission on appeal for a housing development on a greenfield site adjacent to the village of Blean, in Canterbury. The challenge was brought by Canterbury City Council on the basis that the Inspector had misinterpreted relevant policies in the development plan and therefore failed to apply the s.38(6) duty. The policies in question supported...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a heavily contested hearing before Ealing’s licensing sub-committee on 21 June 2018 the Council has refused to renew the Sex Entertainment Venue (SEV) Licence of LA Confidential, the London Borough’s only remaining lap-dancing club. The case has attracted national media interest. LA Confidential has operated for some 11 years. In January 2018 an anonymous letter was sent to the...
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
At a packed meeting of Tewkesbury Borough Council on 19/6/18 the popular live music festival was granted a licence for its new site in Brockworth. There was substantial local and police objection to the new site which would have allowed the festival an increased capacity of 10,000 people for the three day August Bank Holiday. The previous licence had been for 2250. The Council granted the licence...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Somerset County Council has accepted the recommendation of an inspector following an inquiry lasting almost three weeks into an application to register as a village green land at Norton St Philip in Somerset.  The application site was almost five hectares but only a small part of the application site – one corner – is to be registered.  The application was rejected in relation to the great...

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