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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...
Richard Honey
In a judgment given on 10 October 2019, Mr Justice Jay dismissed the challenge to the London Borough of Haringey (Wards Corner Regeneration Project) Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which had been made in the case of Burgos & Amayo v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Haringey LBC.  The CPO includes the Seven Sisters indoor market.  Since around 2000, the...
Hereward Phillpot QC
The High Court (Ouseley J) has handed down judgment in the case of Satnam Millennium v. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2019] EWHC 2631, and provided some important clarification on the approach to apparent bias challenges relating to planning inquiries. The case concerned an application under s.288 TCPA 1990, challenging a decision of the Secretary of State to...
FTB is delighted to announce that Esther Drabkin-Reiter and Conor Fegan have accepted invitations to join Chambers. Esther and Conor each completed a 12 month pupillage with us and join as tenants today, Tuesday 1 October 2019. Esther Drabkin-Reiter.jpg Esther Drabkin-Reiter Esther completed here pupillage under the supervision of Suzanne Ornsby QC, John Jolliffe...
Simon Bird QC
Following a three day planning inquiry, an Inspector has allowed an appeal under section 174(2)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by Roofoods Ltd (trading as Deliveroo) against an Enforcement Notice alleging a material change of use of the property to use as commercial kitchens and delivery centre (sui generis) and installation of external plant to facilitate the use and has granted...
James Rankin
Opium Nightclub, the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of Best Luxury Nightclub in London 2019, has lost its licence. The 500 capacity nightclub had only been open since December 2018 following a £7 million pound refurbishment of its Rupert Street Location. The club hosted a promoted event on 25th August 2019 at which one person was stabbed and another person was shot. The...
Alexander Greaves
Following public inquiry earlier this year, an Inspector has dismissed a s. 78 appeal against the decision of Buckinghamshire County Council to refuse planning permission for a strategic waste facility comprising a materials recycling facility (100,000 tpa); anaerobic digestion facility (50,000 tpa); and a construction, demolition and excavation recycling facility (150,000 tpa) on a former...
Alexander Greaves
A planning inspector has dismissed two enforcement appeals and one  s. 78 appeal which concerned the use of redundant industrial buildings for live/work units, and made an award of costs against the Appellant. The decision contains an interesting discussion regarding the application of residential technical standards to live/work units. The Inspector found that although the residential space...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has allowed East Herts District Council’s committal application for breaches of an injunction requiring the cessation of use of a site outside the village of Little Hadham, Hertfordshire as an unauthorised residential encampment, see East Hertfordshire District Council v Docherty and Ors [2019] EWHC 2292. The camp was established over the Easter weekend without planning permission...

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