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Charles Streeten
The London Borough of Islington has overturned a planning Inspector’s finding that development was immune from enforcement action in the High Court. Lang J has held, in Islington v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2019] EWHC 2691 (Admin), that an Inspector misdirected himself in law on the question of whether land at 85 Newington Green Road, Islington, had been...
Douglas Edwards QC
The report of the Panel of Inspectors appointed to examine the soundness of the proposed new London Plan has been published by the Mayor of London. One of the most significant of the conclusions of the Panel was to find unsound the Plan’s reliance on small sites and the introduction of a presumption in favour of development of such sites. The effect of the Plan’s approach would have been to...
Gregory Jones QC
An inspector allowed an appeal granting planning permission for the change of use of an existing building in southeast London from storage (class B8) to residential (class C3) to provide 2 x three bed, 6 x one bed, and 1 x studio residential units together with the construction of a mansard roof extension to create a second floor, a 2 storey extension to the side and installation of replacement...
Rebecca Clutten
Chambers is pleased to announce that, following a successful year as Vice Chair, Rebecca Clutten has recently assumed the Chairmanship of the Compulsory Purchase Association for the year 2019/2020. In doing so, she continues a long and fruitful association between Chambers and the CPA, whose past Chairmen have also included Meyric Lewis and Richard Honey.
Richard Honey
Mrs Justice Lang has refused permission for statutory review of the decision of an Inspector, refusing two planning applications for residential development of up to 220 dwellings in Central Bedfordshire.  The case raised issues concerning the application of the tilted balance and the Standard Method for the calculation of housing requirement within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)....
Annabel Graham Paul
In a very widely publicised decision, Annabel Graham Paul has successfully prosecuted a property developer and his tree surgeon for felling a giant redwood and 72 other trees in Swansea in breach of Tree Preservation Orders. All three Defendants initially argued the prosecution was an abuse of process because the TPOs were nullities as they had not been served on the correct landowner. These...
Alexander Booth QC
In a decision letter dated 9 October 2019 the Secretary of State determined to grant development consent for a strategic railfreight interchange, on land lying to the west of Northampton. The ‘Northampton Gateway’ Interchange is a nationally significant infrastructure project, comprising an intermodal freight terminal, with container storage and Heavy Goods Vehicle parking, together with rail...
Meyric Lewis
The inquiry has opened into proposals for a new “cultural quarter” at the heart of the Colchester town centre conservation area.  Colchester is the UK’s oldest recorded town.  The conservation area boasts an exceptional concentration of heritage assets including Grade I and II* listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments such as the Roman town walls and the 12th century St Botolph’s Priory....
Sarah Sackman
Mr Justice Andrew Baker handed down judgment in Corkish v Berg offering welcome clarity on the construction of a “dwelling” under section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the proper approach to the “splitting” of a single dwelling into multiple dwellings. The Respondent ratepayer was the occupier of a single main dwelling which was entered into the Council Tax list at band F. The...
Hereward Phillpot QC
In a decision letter dated 11 October 2019, ‘The Council of the City of Coventry (Coventry Station Warwick Road Car Park and Adjacent Land City Centre) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019’ (“the CPO”) has been confirmed without modifications. The purpose of the CPO is to facilitate the comprehensive redevelopment of Coventry Railway Station and the surrounding area in accordance with the Coventry...

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