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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...
Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
2 Harcourt Buildings, the Chambers of the Robin Purchas QC, has announced that it has attracted four leading practitioners, expert in the fields of licensing and statutory regulation, to join the set. The four - Kevin de Haan QC, Gerald Gouriet, Mark Harris and James Rankin - join from 3 Raymond Buildings. Chambers has also taken on Harry Spurr from St John's Chambers, and Juan Lopez, who...
The long-running inquiry into an appeal by Willbond Limited against the decision by Westminster City Council to refuse planning permission for the erection of five luxury penthouse flats at South Lodge in St John's Wood, London NW8, finally concluded on 12th April 2006. The Inspector's decision, dismissing the appeal, was received on 17th May 2006. The original inquiry, which commenced in January...
Robert Fookes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the first ordinary Drought Oredr under section 73(3)(b) of the Water Resources Act 1991 authorising Sutton and East Surrey Water to prohibit or limit the use of water for partcular purposes within its area of water supply. The Order allows the Company to prohibit all of the purposes set out in the Drought Direction...
Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of our new tenants. Harry Spurr and Juan Lopez are joining us with immediate effect as full tenants and Darren Abrahams has become a door tenant to reinforce our European links. Harry Spurr was called to the Bar in 2001 and was previously practising in Bristol. He has an established planning, local government and licensing practice with a...

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