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Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 22 December 2009, the Secretary of State granted planning permission for a 3,600 urban extension to Stevenage. The proposal, which will take place on green belt land to the west of the A1(M) motorway, includes new schools, shopping centres and recreation facilities. Robin Purchas QC and Douglas Edwards appeared for the applicants, instructed by Barton Willmore
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has refused to confirm a purchase notice served by landowner affected by Crossrail. The landowner held land which was to be acquired under the Crossrail Acts for use as railway sidings however it was not required until towards the end of 2013. The landowner, who had been refused permission to develop the land by reason of the Crossrail requirements, served a purchase notice...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has granted permission, following a public inquiry, for a 300 room apart-hotel on a vacant site within the Olympia complex. The proposal, which was called in by Secretary of State for his own determination, involved a contemporary building to be located on a sensitive site within a conservation area and adjacent to several listed buildings including the Olympia Exhibition...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has granted leave to appeal the decision of His Honour Judge Bidder QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) to uphold a grant of planning permission by Hampshire County Council for a rapid busway scheme. The proposed busway is to be built along a disused railway corridor inhabited by foraging bats which are a European protected species. The appellant contends that the...
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to Appeal against the decision of the High Court (Wyn Williams J) refusing the Claimants' application for judicial review of a grant of planning permission by the Council. In particular, the Claimants argued that the local planning authority should revisit an earlier decision that Environment Impact Assessment was not required, in the light of new,...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Honey has been appointed as the Ministerial Planning Decisions Editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law (JPL) with effect from the first issue of 2010.  Richard is also one of the editors within Chambers of the Planning Appeal Decisions series of reports, also published by Sweet & Maxwell. 
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Supreme Court has granted permission to Mr Lewis to appeal against the Court of Appeal's controversial decision on prescriptive acquisition of rights, in the context of the Commons Act 2006. The hearing will take place in the week beginning 18th January 2010. The Court of Appeal held that the common law test of user ‘as of right' meant more than simply user ‘without force, secrecy or...
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to apply for judicial review of a grant of planning permission, by Carlisle City Council, for a freight storage and distribution facility at Carlisle airport. The section 106 planning obligation connected to the planning permission required the applicant, Stobart Air Ltd, to take certain steps in connection with future works (which were not included in...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed appeals by Hammer Holdings Ltd. against Westminster City Council's refusal to grant planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of the Grade I listed St Mark's Church in North Audley Street, Mayfair W1 to use as a ‘Wellness Centre'.  The Inspector concluded that the proposed alterations would cause significant harm to the special...
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a decision given on 30th November 2009 in Hong Kong Electric Company Ltd v Commissioner of Rating and Valuation, after a hearing of 19 days, the Hong Kong Lands Tribunal allowed the Company's appeal resulting a substantial reduction in the rateable value of the electricity generation, transmission and distribution undertaking which serves the whole of Hong Kong Island. The Tribunal gave...

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