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James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to be nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Set of the Year, 2019 by The Legal 500 Bar Awards. James Pereira QC has been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year. James was also nominated in 2016 and 2017. The winners will be announced in January 2019.  
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A refusal by Westminster City Council to grant listed building consent for internal alterations to a Grade II listed building at Lygon Place, SW1W has been upheld on appeal. The main aspect of the listed building consent application dealt with by the Inspector concerned the proposal to remove a secondary staircase at the property and replace it with a lift. An interesting aspect of the appeal was...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The inquiry on OCM Luxembourg's appeal against the refusal by Tower Hamlets Borough Council of planning permission for an 18 storey aparthotel in Buckle St E1 has just closed.  The site is located in the Central Activities Zone and City Fringe/Tech City Opportunity Framework Area where tall buildings are acceptable in principle.  But Council members refused planning permission contrary to...
Melissa Murphy
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government has confirmed the London Borough of Southwark (Aylesbury Estate Site 1B-1C) Compulsory Purchase Order. In doing so, the Secretary of State accepted the recommendation of the appointed Inspector who held a four-week inquiry earlier this year. The inquiry involved a full re-hearing of the merits of confirming the Council’s CPO....
David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a one day hearing in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), HHJ Huskinson has allowed the appeal of the London Borough of Havering against the refusal of the First-tier Tribunal to strike out Wyldecrest Parks (Management) Ltd’s appeal to the FTT against Havering’s refusal to consider Wyldecrest’s application for a caravan site licence in respect of land not benefitting from a grant of...
David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a three day hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Emma Arbuthnot has dismissed the appeal of Big Country Limited (the company owning and running the Windmill Club in Soho) against Westminster City Council’s decision to refuse to renew its Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence. Despite the company (controlled by the Owide family) having operated...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An Enforcement Notice issued by the Council of the London Borough of Brent has been quashed and planning permission granted for development carried out. The Enforcement Notice alleged that there had been a breach of planning control due to the material change of use of the premises to a mixed use as residential and a community centre / place of worship and the erection of floodlights to the...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
R. (on the application of Lancashire CC) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Bebbington; R (NHS Property Services Ltd) v Surrey County Council and Jones ([2018] EWCA Civ 721 [2018] 2 P. & C.R. 15) The Supreme Court (Lady Hale PSC; Lord Carnwath JSC and Lady Arden JSC) has granted permission to appeal against the decisions of the Court of Appeal handed down in...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Westminster City Council has successfully resisted an appeal by Mansley Limited against the refusal of full planning permission for 3 residential dwellings - together with associated amenity space and landscaping works — adjacent to the St John’s Wood Conservation Area. The decision of the Council to refuse permission was twice against officer recommendation. During the course of a three-day...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Justine Thornton QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, has given judgment in the case of Cheshire East Council v SSHCLG & Kirkham [2018] EWHC 2906 (Admin) concerning the assessment of five year housing land supply and the deliverability of sites within the claimed supply. Cheshire East Council challenged the decision of an inspector who had followed other inspectors in deciding, when they...

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