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Simon Bird QC, planning, local government and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The old police training college at Bramshill is regarded as one of the most important historic buildings in the country, a fabulous Jacobean mansion, set within its designed garden and parkland. It is unusually well preserved. The house was built to accommodate the king on royal progress and was designed to provide royal and family apartments and included public and private rooms. The provision...
Melissa Murphy
Good news for the owners of a five storey building in Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area in London: planning permission has been granted on appeal, for the building’s conversion into an apart-hotel (C1). The grant of planning permission is the latest episode in a long running saga. The background was an attempt by the London Borough of Islington to prosecute the owners, alleging non-compliance...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has confirmed the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (Marketfield Way) Compulsory Purchase Order 2018 and associated Highway Extinguishment Order. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council made the Marketfield Way CPO pursuant to s.226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in 2018 to facilitate the regeneration of Redhill Town Centre. The regeneration of the town centre...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chambers is delighted to announce that Morag Ellis QC has been appointed as the QC Church Commissioner on the nomination of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.  The appointment is effective from 1 January 2019 for an initial period of three years. Morag will continue to be a full-time practising member of the Bar.
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A claim of judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision not to revoke the grant of planning permission for an open cast coal mine in County Durham has been allowed. Planning permission was granted for the mine in 2015. However, the developer, UK Coal Mining Ltd subsequently went into liquidation. However, shortly before the permission expired, the land was bought by HJ Banks and Co. The...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has allowed two claims for judicial review brought by the Liverpool Open and Green Spaces Society (“LOGS”). The claims challenged two grants of planning permission for developments (one a housing scheme and the other to enable a miniature railway to be moved to provide land for the housing scheme) in Calderstones Park, Liverpool.  The claims were allowed on two grounds.  Firstly,...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Judgment has been handed down in the case of Swale BC v SSHCLG & Maughan [2018] EWHC 3402 (Admin) by CMG Ockelton sitting as a Judge of the High Court.  The case concerned the policy in Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) that local planning authorities should identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable traveller sites sufficient to provide five years’ worth of sites...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The London Borough of Newham have succeeded in the High Court in a section 289 appeal challenging the Secretary of State’s decision on the construction of Class A.1(g) in the General Permitted Development Order 2015 relating to rear extensions to dwellings. In combination with article 3(1) of the GPDO, Class A of Part 1 grants planning permission for various proposals for “the enlargement,...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A Judicial Review has been launched challenging the Government’s plans to implement voter identification requirements in 10 local authority areas in the May 2019 local elections, with a view to rolling the scheme out nationally in future.  The pilots require voters in those areas to produce photographic and other forms of ID before they can be issued with a ballot. According to the Electoral...
Gregory Jones QC
On 14 January 2019, the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Reed and Lord Kerr) handed down judgment on a preliminary issue arising from the reference of five devolution-issue questions to the Supreme Court by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland ([2019] UKSC 1).  The Supreme Court unanimously held that the reference should be adjourned so that the issues can be considered in the High Court in...

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