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Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Arches has allowed an appeal against a judgment of Chancellor George Pulman QC (sitting in the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Chelmsford) whereby he refused to grant a faculty for a 3G phone mast in a church tower on the basis that it would facilitate the transmission of pornography. The Court held that carrying out a balancing exercise - which involved taking into account the...
The Docklands Light Railway (Capacity Enhancement and 2012 Games Preparation) Order has been made by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry at which the promoter, DLR, was represented by Andrew Tait QC. The Order will allow three car trains to operate on the DLR network in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On July 18 Cambridge Magistrates upheld an appeal brought by the South Cambridgeshire Divisional Commander, Superintendent Simon Megicks, against the previous decision of Cambridge City Council granting a licence to JD Wetherspoons for a new pub on the Cambridge Leisure Park. The police were represented by Jeremy Phillips at both hearings. The Force decided to take the case to appeal after...
The Centre of European Law at King's College London has created the position of Visiting Fellow "to acknowledge the remarkable contribution of high caliber individuals/practitioners to the activities of the Centre". Charles George QC, Robert McCracken QC and Gregory Jones, who currently teach the European Environmental Law module of the LLM at KCL, have recently been appointed honorary Visiting...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been granted for a 70m wind turbine at Glyndebourne opera house in the South Downs AONB and designated National Park - the first time that a commercial-scale turbine has been permitted in a National Park. Lewes District Council resolved to grant planning permission for the turbine, but the application was called in by the Secretary of State at the request of Natural...
The task of obtaining planning permission in the Green Belt has been eased by the Court of Appeal's decision on 23 June 2008 (the Master of the Rolls, sitting with Carnwath and Wilson LJJ) allowing an appeal by Mr and Mrs Butler in Wychavon DC v Secretary of State for CLG and Butler [2008] EWCA 692, concerning the proper interpretation of para 3.2 of PPG2. The Court held that the judge below (and...
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd appeared before the House of Lords Select Committee and raised the issue of infrastructure management of the central tunnel of the Crossrail route. While noting that negotiations between the three delivery partners (Secretary of State, TfL and Network Rail) were not yet concluded, the Select Committee stated in its report: " However, we take this opportunity to...
FTB members featured heavily in the rankings in the Planning Magazine Planning Survey 2008, with a total of 11 silks making it into the Highest Rated Planning Silks ranking, with new member Richard Humphreys QC a new entry. Robin Purchas QC, Guy Roots QC, Richard Phillips QC, Charles George QC, Clive Newberry QC, Keith Lindblom QC, Andrew Kelly QC, Robert McCracken QC, Andrew Tait QC and Michael...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has issued a minded to grant decision letter for the Snoasis development at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich. The development, on the site of a former quarry, will provide a ski centre (with an indoor ski slope of nearly 400m and a drop of almost 100m), a holiday village resort and centre of winter sports excellence, together with complementary sports (eg ice skating and bob...
The long running set of appeals into proposals for the expansion of activities at Turweston Aerodrome have recently concluded. Among the matters being considered by the Inspector is the appropriateness of a quota count system for controlling the numbers of movements at the airfield. If permitted, it is believed it would be the first time that a system of its kind had been introduced to a small GA...

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