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Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has issued a minded to grant decision letter for the Snoasis development at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich. The development, on the site of a former quarry, will provide a ski centre (with an indoor ski slope of nearly 400m and a drop of almost 100m), a holiday village resort and centre of winter sports excellence, together with complementary sports (eg ice skating and bob...
The long running set of appeals into proposals for the expansion of activities at Turweston Aerodrome have recently concluded. Among the matters being considered by the Inspector is the appropriateness of a quota count system for controlling the numbers of movements at the airfield. If permitted, it is believed it would be the first time that a system of its kind had been introduced to a small GA...
The High Court has rejected the argument that seeking a declaration to overturn a previous decision of the High Court itself is an abuse of process: see Transport for London v Bugbugs and others [2007] EWHC 2987 (QB). The declaration is being sought by Transport for London for a legal ruling that pedicabs in London can be licensed under the same primary legislation as black cabs. The High Court...
Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chambers is pleased to announce that Thomas Cross and Cain Ormondroyd, both pupils at FTB, have been awarded the Lord Slynn of Hadley Mooting Trophy following their victory in the annual moot competition organised by the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA). Lord Justice Carnwath, who judged the final, presented Thomas and Cain with the Winners' Trophy. The final focussed on two...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Reversion to lawful use under section 57(4) In L B Hillingdon v. (1) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2) Autodex Limited [2008] EWHC 198 (Admin), Mr. Michael Supperstone QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has held that section 57(4) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows reversion to a use that has become lawful because of the passage of time and the...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to announce that Richard Honey has been appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel of approved counsel. This appointment lasts for five years.  
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The inquiry into the designation of the South Downs National Park re-opened on 12 February 2008, almost three years after it closed. The inquiry has been re-opened to consider the effects on the proposed designation of the Meyrick v SSEFRA [2007] EWCA Civ 53 case and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, as well as a possible alternative boundary line and possible additional...
Gregory Jones QC
Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education amenable to judicial review The Court of Appeal (Pill, Moore-Bick, Richards LJJ) has held in Siborurema v Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education [2007] EWCA Civ 1365; The Times 10 January 2008 that the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (‘OIA'), the ‘designated operator' of the students'...
Secretary of State for Transport makes Harbour Revision Order in respect of the Port of Weston, paving the way to refurbishment and revitalisation of that harbour. The Secretary of State for Transport has decided to make a Harbour Revision Order confirming Westlink Holdings Limited (in place of the British Waterways Board) as the harbour authority for the historic Port of Weston, adjacent to the...
Charles Mynors, the author of the leading textbook The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedgerows, has accepted an invitation to be Chairman of the Complaints Appeal Board of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. The second edition of his book will be published following the enactment of the Planning Bill currently going through Parliament, and the making of the tree preservation regulations...

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