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Gregory Jones QC
East Dorset District Council -v- Matchams Motorcross World Ltd and Hoare Sir John Blofeld sitting in the high court granted East Dorset District Council an interim injunction against Matchams Motorcross World Ltd and its director, restricting the levels of motor racing operations at Matchams Park raceway situated a distance outside Bournemouth. The order restricts the number of days and hours at...
We are pleased to announce that we have attracted Simon Mehigan QC, expert in the fields of licensing and restraint of trade, to join our set. Simon joins from 5 Paper Buildings. This leading public law, planning and environment set recently announced that it was to move to newly refurbished premises at Francis Taylor Building in the Temple. The switch from the practice's current home at 2...
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has granted planning permission to Gallagher Properties following a public inquiry, under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, for mixed use development including A1, B1, D1, 91 dwellings and open space on the site of the former Ryarsh Brickworks at West Malling, Kent. The brickworks were identified as a Major Developed...
Gregory Jones QC
The proposal was for the redevelopment of a petrol filling station and garage for 24 flats. The site was situated within "York Central" - an area identified in the third set of changes to the York City Local Plan as an Action Area for large scale comprehensive development. Although by comparison to the whole of the York Central the appeal site was small the inspector found that that the location...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Two local plan inquiry inspectors have recently rejected proposed policies requiring affordable housing because the councils were relying on flawed housing needs surveys (HNS). The inspector at the East Staffordshire local plan inquiry found that the housing needs survey "fails in so many ways to provide a clear and sound basis for identifying affordable housing needs". The inspector commented...
Gregory Jones QC
Skipaway appealed by way of case stated (Skipaway v Environment Agency [2006] EWHC 983 (Admin)) against the decision of the magistrates' court to convict it of six offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.33 (6). S had allegedly breached conditions 3.3 and 3.4 of its waste management licence relating to its waste transfer plant in that, on four occasions, waste had been stored...
Gregory Jones QC
Masssive Cow Shed" rejected for George Harrison Mansion. A planning inspector has rejected applications for what was described by the Bucks Free Press as "a massive cow shed". The buildings would have housed 44 sacred cows in the grounds of the Hare Krishna (or ISKON) Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham. The Manor was purchased by the late Beatle George Harrison in 1973 who then gave it to ISKON. The...
Fourth edition Charles Mynors ".. a friendly and dependable guide through the complexities of the legislation .." from the Foreword by Lord Justice Carnwath CVO Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments is now the standard reference work on this important area of law. It provides a comprehensive manual of the law and practice relating to historic buildings and areas throughout the United...
Richard Phillips QC, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An application for a large dwelling-house in the countryside near the village of Hurstbourne Priors in Hampshire was called in for determination by the First Secretary of State following approval of the scheme by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The proposal involved a large four-storey house (with underground parking), designed by Robert Adam (as a development of the classical...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
. The House of Lords gave judgement today in the Trap Grounds case - Oxfordshire County Council v. Oxford City Council and Robinson. 2. Under the definition contained in the Commons Registration Act 1965 (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000) (the "new" definition) use of a town or village green has to be continuing. The key question is, continuing until when? The Court of...

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