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Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Sir Michael Harrison in Mortell v. Oldham MBC has quashed three planning permissions granted by Oldham MBC to facilitate pathfinder CPO's and demolition of historic terraced housing in Oldham. The Council had failed inter alia to take account of cumulative effects and the embodied energy in the demolished homes. Robert McCracken QC acted for Mr Mortell and the Derker Community Action Group.
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
planning permission and listed building consent for works to the Grade II* listed Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square. Those works were required to enable the building to accommodate the new Supreme Court, which is to replace the House of Lords as the United Kingdom's highest court. The decision had been challenged in an application for judicial review was dealt with by the High Court on an...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12th February 2007, Hereward Phillpot was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown on the Attorney General's London B panel. The appointment is for a period of 5 years. Hereward was formerly a member of the London C panel, and has represented the Government in a number of High Court cases in recent years.
On 30 March 2007 the National Assembly for Wales confirmed (subject to agreed modifications) the Newport City Centre (Redevelopment of John Frost Square) Compulsory Purchase Order 2006, rejecting in particular the objection of Iceland Foods Limited that the scheme should be revised to retain one of their stores. This is one of the largest recent city centre regeneration proposals, the CPO...
On 1 March 2007 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed (with an agreed modification) the extensive City of Manchester (Cheetham District Centre) CPO 2006, the third in a series of regeneration CPOs (under s.226 of the TCPA 1990, as amended) in the inner area surrounding the city centre of Manchester where Charles George QC has represented the acquiring authority,...
Robin Purchas QC and Andrew Tait QC have been advising the Olympic Delivery Authority on the preparation and making of the planning and other applications for the Olympics development at East London. The applications were successfully made on 9th February 2007. Guy Roots QC, Richard Glover, James Pereira and Alexander Booth continue to act for the LDA responding to statutory challenges to the...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12 February 2007 the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (in an unusually short ten-line decision letter) confirmed without modification the three compulsory purchase orders concerning contested parts of the 120 km route of a new high pressure gas pipeline to connect new LNG terminals at Milford Haven with the National Transmission System. At the public inquiry National Grid Gas plc was...
An Inspector appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government has allowed an appeal from the refusal of Monmouthshire County Council to grant planning permission and listed building consent in respect of a residential courtyard development for 24 apartments adjoining 'The Mount', a Grade II listed building on a prominent hillside overlooking Chepstow. The Appellant was represented at the public inquiry...
An Inspector appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government has allowed an appeal from the refusal of Monmouthshire County Council to grant planning permission and listed building consent in respect of a residential courtyard development for 24 apartments adjoining 'The Mount', a Grade II listed building on a prominent hillside overlooking Chepstow. The Appellant was represented at the public inquiry...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In an important decision for the future of wharves in London, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has refused planning permission for a mixed use scheme for residential and commercial uses and partial wharf reactivation through an aggregates handling and cement importation facility and passenger pier on land including Peruvian and Plaistow wharves in the London Borough of...

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