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Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips has been appointed to the C List of the Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates for the Western Circuit.
We are proud to announce that 2 Harcourt Buildings has been awarded the Environment/Planning Set of the Year. Members of Chambers received this prestigious award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2006. The award ceremony, which was held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 28th September, celebrated the very best of barristers' chambers. Our senior clerk Paul Coveney, who...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Judgement has now been given in Anspach & Others v Minister of Planning CL 22/06 by the Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has upheld the challenge, which was brought against a decision of the Chief Minister and Minister of Planning of the Islands, Mr Michael Misick, to grant planning permission for a seven storey hotel and condominium development on a site adjacent to a...
On 10 August 2006, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Poole Opening Bridges Transport and Works Act Order and granted the associated deemed planning permission. A new lifting bridge between Poole and Hamworthy, known as the Twin Sails bridge, is the centrepiece of the permitted scheme. Andrew Tait QC appeared on behalf of the promoting authority, Poole Borough Council, at the...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The President of the Lands Tribunal has issued his decision in the case of Moto Hospitality v Secretary of State for Transport, dealing with the conditions applying to entitlement to compensation for injurious affection where a business's trade is affected by highway works. Moto operates the Cherwell Valley motorway service area (MSA) at the junction 10 Ardley interchange on the M40 motorway. In...
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...

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