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The first Workplace Parking Levy scheme has now been confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport, whose decision was announced on 31 July 2009.  The Order was made by Nottingham City Council under the Transport Act 2000. The scheme will contribute to the funding of Phase 2 of the Nottingham Tram, and contribute to the reduction of congestion and use of more sustainable modes of travel....
On 23 July 2009, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Victoria Station Upgrade Transport and Works Act Order following a public inquiry which commenced in October 2008 and concluded in January 2009. The associated listed building consent applications were also granted. The £500 million proposals would provide major improvements for the Underground at Victoria.  Andrew Tait QC and...
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) sought confirmation of a compulsory purchase order (the "Order") under S155 of the Water Industries Act 1991 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981. NWL's proposal was to increase the capacity of Abberton Reservoir to meet long term demand for water and improve future resource provision (the failure to provide sufficient supply to meet demand would otherwise have...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chiu v Waverley Commercial Ltd & Amptill Town Council (in the Lands Tribunal). The Claimant sought compensation under Section 237 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 arising from interference with a right of access and parking as a result of a redevelopment scheme. The parties agreed to seek to settle the claim by mediation. The mediation was successful. The Mediator was Craig Howell...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An Inspector has upheld an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for 48 affordable flats adjoining Brooklands Race Track. The LPA had argued that the scheme was unacceptable for a number of reasons related to the living conditions of the prospective occupants. The Inspector rejected the LPA's arguments that the scheme should be refused because of noise from the London to Woking railway...
The Second annual Boydell Lecture was delivered on 8 May 2009 by Dominic Grieve QC MP, Shadow Justice Secretary. It had the title Resuscitating Justice: Law or Administration? In a wide ranging address, Mr Grieve examined the ways in which the root principle of the availability of justice and government constrained by the rule of law was, he suggested, being undermined by the provision of...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court (Ouseley J) has handed down an important judgment concerning the definition of gypsy and traveller status for the purposes of forward planning and development control in the case of Julie Wingrove & Colin Brown v. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Mendip DC (CO/2425/2009, 7 May 2009). This is now the leading authority on the compatibility of the...
Chambers are delighted by the announcement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York of the appointment of Charles George QC as Dean of the Arches in the province of Canterbury and Auditor of the Chancery Court of York, and thus Official Principal of the two archbishops in their respective capacities of Metropolitans, and Master of the Faculties to the Archbishop of Canterbury. This confirms the...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An enforcement notice issued by Richmond Council seeking to prevent the use of a private tennis court outside working hours for coaching of children and other young hopefuls has been quashed by a planning Inspector. He accepted that tennis coaching on a commercial basis had been carried on at the site by the appellant, at her home in a residential cul-de-sac by the river, for longer than ten...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been refused on appeal for a cluster of three 100m wind turbines in South Devon. The inspector concluded that the scale of the turbines would have an unacceptable effect on the local landscape character and views from local roads and footpaths. He also concluded that the development would harm the setting of the listed Church of St Peter at Buckland tout Saints by...

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