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Timothy Comyn, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a 4 week public inquiry held in the autumn of 2017, Inspector Martin Elliot BSc FIPROW has recommended that the Camden (Torrington Place to Tavistock Place) (Prescribed Routes, Waiting and Loading Restrictions and Loading Places) Traffic Order [2017] is not made in the form proposed and promoted by the London Borough of Camden, but instead that it be modified (under regulation 14 (4) of...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully resisted an appeal by Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited against the refusal of full planning permission for 46 residential dwellings, together with associated infrastructure and landscaping (including a 'village green')  in Brighthampton. Spitfire specialises in 'high-quality, bespoke residential development' and promoted the scheme on this basis....
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has submitted to judgment in West Oxfordshire District Council’s challenge to an appeal decision relating to a proposed Gladman development at Cote Road, Aston, Oxfordshire. The Council’s grounds of challenge were that the Inspector had fallen into the trap of failing to consider the interaction between paras. 134 and 14 of the NPPF and therefore applied the wrong test when...
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Supreme Court has today delivered its long-awaited judgment concerning abortion law in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission had sought a declaration that the law criminalising abortion was incompatible with Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case was argued last October before a seven judge court. Mark Hill QC acted for the Fifth...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The new Secretary of State, James Brokenshire MP, has accepted an Inspector’s recommendation to refuse outline planning permission for a new garden village comprising over 1000 dwellings, a community hub, a primary school, medical centre and other facilities on Green Belt land at Drake Park near Walton. Elmbridge Borough Council had refused the application on the ground that there were no very...
Katherine Barnes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Kingston Hospital Trust has conceded a claim for judicial review brought by a severely disabled man, AS, challenging the introduction of hospital car parking charges for blue badge holders. AS suffers from cerebral palsy and is obliged to visit the Hospital on a regular basis for treatments and check-ups. His serious mobility problems mean that he is wheelchair bound and has to access the...
Michael Fry
FTB is delighted to announce that Michael Fry is joining Chambers as a tenant with immediate effect. Michael, who was called to the Bar in 2011, formerly practiced as an employed barrister in the Real Estate Group of DLA Piper, a leading international law firm. Michael was a finalist for Young Employed Barrister of the Year 2017. At DLA Piper, Michael advised corporate and private clients on a...
Members of FTB will be at the Planning Awards 2018 this Wednesday 6 June at Savoy Place where Head of Chambers, Andrew Tait QC, will present the “Planning Consultancy of the Year Award”. There are 12 planning awards and 13 place making awards. The event is sold out with 450 people registered to attend. Run by Planning Magazine in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource, Planning...
Charles Holland, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The General Editors of Paterson’s 2018 (125th) Edition (Jeremy Phillips QC, Gerald Gouriet QC, Simon Mehigan QC and The Honourable Sir John Saunders)  have offered a warm welcome to new Consulting Editor Charles Holland. Charles joins Gary Grant, Sarah Clover and Leo Charalambides, who will be working alongside David Wilson in that important role and ensuring the Paterson’s continues to develop...
Melissa Murphy
The London Borough of Islington’s prosecution of the owners and occupiers of a five storey building in Clerkenwell, London has been stayed as an abuse of process by a judge of the Crown Court at Blackfriars. The building is in a conservation area; the Council alleged non-compliance with a planning enforcement notice. The judge heard evidence from the Council’s enforcement officer and from an...

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