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Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
District Judge Loosley, sitting at the Oxford Magistrates Court, has allowed Oxfordshire County Council's application under s.116 Highways Act 1980 to close an extensive bridleway which passes through the middle of BMW's "Plant Oxford" at Cowley, where the mini is manufactured. The County Council made the application at the request of BMW on the basis that the route was unnecessary and that there...
The Secretary of State has granted planning permission, on the recommendation of her Inspector, for a waste recycling and recovery centre beside the Kennet and Avon Canal on appeal from the refusal of West Berkshire District Council. Objections on landscape and visual impact were outweighed by compliance with the development plan and need for such facilities. The appellant was represented by...
We are proud to announce that James Pereira has been awarded the Environment/Planning Junior of the Year. Members of Chambers received this prestigious award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2007. The award ceremony, which was held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 4th October, celebrated the very best of barristers' chambers.
Enodis plc have been granted planning permission on appeal by the Secretary of State from the refusal of Coventry City Council for residential development on land allocated for employment use in the Coventry UDP. The appellant was represented by Andrew Kelly QC, instructed by Dundas and Wilson, solicitors.
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
British Land and Countryside Properties have been granted planning permission by the Secretary of State, in accordance with her Inspector's recommendations following a public local inquiry, on appeal from the refusal by West Berkshire District Council for a high density residential development of 350 dwellings at a density of 90 dph on the edge of Theale Village. The appellants were represented...
Francis Taylor Building are delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and James Neill have accepted invitations to join Chambers. They join us on 1st October 2007, after successfully completing a 12 month pupillage with us. Both Mark and James have already built up planning, environmental, licensing and local government practices and we are confident that they will fit in well with our...
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 19 July 2007 Mr J P Sargent BA (Hons) MA MRTPI sitting as Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State dismissed the appeal of McCarthy & Stone (Developments) Limited against a decision of Hertsmere Borough Council refusing the company's application for planning permission for a development to form 39 (Category II) sheltered apartments for the elderly. The decision is of interest...
Gregory Jones QC
THE HIGH COURT In Boggis & Easton Bavants Conservation (R on the application of) v Natural England (2007) No: CO/7831/2006, Peter Boggis, 76, a retired engineer from Easton Bavants near Southwold in Suffolk and the Easton Bavants conservation, were granted permission by the High Court to challenge Natural England designation of a protected scientific site in order to study its erosion. Mr...
Gregory Jones QC
Described by the press as a "body blow" to the government and a "landmark case", Re Seaport Investments is the first High Court judgment anywhere in the UK (delivered on 7 September 2007) on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. Seaport Investments challenged the adoption of the North Area Action Plan setting out the planning policies for the north of Northern Ireland. Mr. Justice...
Scottish Ministers today announced their decision allowing the proposal for a 71-turbine wind farm scheme to proceed within the Forest of Ae in Dumfries and Galloway. Applications had been made under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and for a direction that planning permission be deemed to be granted. The inquiry was held between June and October of 2006. The proposal extends over some 3,...

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