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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...
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a decision given on 24th November 2009 in Concept Ltd v The National Roads Authority, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has given the first authoritative interpretation of the local law of compensation for the compulsory purchase of land, aligning it closely with established English law. Issues addressed included the basis of assessing the value of the land taken, the meaning of ‘market...
Mark Westmoreland Smith, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The public inquiry into three competing urban extensions to Daventry has been closed in writing after 36 sitting days over a six month period. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has announced his intention to issue his decision in April 2010. Andrew Kelly QC and Mark Westmoreland Smith represented Croudace Strategic and Christ Church, Oxford in promoting one of the...
FTB is delighted to see that we have retained and improved our positions in the rankings in the Chambers & Partners 2009/2010 edition in the major fields of planning, environmental and licensing.  We are the only set to achieve this hat-trick; which reinforces that one of Chambers' strengths is our ability to provide what is effectively a ‘one-stop-shop' for those promoting complex and...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to be able to inform you that Craig Howell Williams QC has been appointed to the newly formed RICS Planning Mediation Panel.  This scheme has been set up by the RICS to resolve planning and environment disputes - details of this scheme can be found on the RICS website As you may already know, FTB has a Mediation Group within chambers with dedicated mediation facilities on site...
FTB is delighted to announce that James Pereira has been awarded the Environment/Planning Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2009. The award ceremony, which was held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 1st October, celebrated the very best of barristers' chambers.  This is the second time James has won this award, previously winning the title in 2007.
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An appeal was made by Robert Hitchins Ltd ("RHL"). It related to an outline application for residential development (up to 750 dwellings) and a reserved site for a school, including infrastructure (with access arrangements), ancillary facilities, open space and landscaping on land on the urban edge of Lydney in the Forest of Dean. The appeal site formed part of a larger allocated site for a mixed...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Honey has appeared for the London Development Agency in the first compensation claim to reach the Lands Tribunal arising from the London Development Agency (Lower Lea Valley, Olympics and Legacy) Compulsory Purchase Order 2005. The claim was made by the owners of a former bus garage site in Waterden Road.  The amount in dispute was around £2 million.  Richard Honey was instructed by Raj...

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