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21 Mar 2017

LPA decision to refuse permission for housing development upheld

Giles Atkinson has successfully defended at appeal a LPA’s decision to refuse permission for 95 houses on a greenfield site at Wivelsfield, East Sussex. The Secretary of State recovered the appeal and agreed with his Inspector’s recommendation that permission should be refused for

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21 Mar 2017

William Upton and Megan Thomas to speak at forthcoming PEBA National Conference

William Upton and Megan Thomas will be amongst the speakers at this year’s PEBA National Conference which will take place in May in London. The Conference entitled “Delivering sustainable development - reconciling the tensions” will focus on the delivery of sustainable development and

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17 Mar 2017

Environmental charities benefit from regulatory action

In an interview with LexisPSL, Christopher Badger comments on the recent coverage of the impact of the Environment Agency’s enforcement action on charities, who as a result, have received over £1.5m for various environmental projects. He considers the background to this development, the broader

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17 Mar 2017

Stuart Jessop acts for London Borough in case where near-maximum fine for breach of Planning Enforcement notice imposed

Stuart Jessop represented a London borough in its prosecution of a property company under section 179(2) Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for failure to comply with an enforcement notice. This was the third prosecution of the company under the same enforcement notice. The defendant had argued for

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08 Mar 2017

Resisting gentrification and refining general conformity with the local plan

Neighbourhood plans continue to generate controversy in the Courts. Megan Thomas has successfully defended the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan in R (Swan Quay LLP) v Swale Borough Council [2017] EWHC 420 (Admin) against an allegation that its Examiner did not give adequate reasons for

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01 Mar 2017

Challenging Costs limits in Aarhus Convention claims

The CPR rules on ‘Aarhus Convention Claims’ have just changed.  William Upton explains how the neat simplicity of the provisions have been replaced by rules that will allow for satellite litigation about costs.  Access to environmental justice has just become more uncertain. ClientEarth,

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27 Feb 2017

Examining Local Plan Reasons and Inspectors’ Guidelines

William Upton discusses the Planning Court’s recent judgment on the approach taken by the Inspectors’ guidelines when reporting on the soundness of development plans in a recent article for the Local Government Lawyer. The case, Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited v Royal Tunbridge Wells

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24 Feb 2017

Low Fine for Company on Plea of Guilty to a Breach of a Planning Enforcement Notice

Stuart Jessop represented a property company at its sentence hearing for an offence under section 179(1) (2) Town and Country Planning Act 1990, namely that it, as the owner of the property, failed to comply with an Enforcement Notice. The company avoided a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of

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14 Feb 2017

Local Plan Reasons

The Planning Court has upheld the approach taken by the Inspectors’ guidelines to using short form reasoning when reporting on the soundness of development plans. William Upton represented Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who were facing a challenge to the adoption of their Site Allocations Local

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13 Feb 2017

Local Authority withdraw prosecution in HMO licensing case

Stuart Jessop represented a Landlord/ Managing Agent summonsed in a Local Authority prosecution against him for alleged breaches of his House in Multiple Occupation ( HMO) Licence. There had already been connected proceedings under section 179(1) and (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990

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10 Feb 2017

LBLA Training – An Introduction to Planning Law

On Tuesday 14th February, members of Six Pump Court’s Planning team will present a seminar to London Authority delegates entitled “A General Introduction to Planning Law”. The session is being hosted by Six Pump Court as part of our ongoing relationship with the London Boroughs Legal Alliance

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23 Jan 2017

Is a new Environmental Protection Act on the horizon?

In an interview for LexisPSL, Frances Lawson discusses the issues surrounding the future of the natural environment after Brexit and whether a new Environmental Protection Act may be on the horizon. She examines the first of a series of reports carried out by the Environmental Audit Committee on

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09 Jan 2017

Planning & Regeneration Conference – 20 January

Ed Grant and Emmaline Lambert will speak at the forthcoming Lawyers in Local Government Planning & Regeneration Conference this month, hosted by Eversheds.

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21 Dec 2016

Water company receives record £2m fine for polluting Kent beaches

Southern Water received a record fine of £2 million on 19th December, following a plea of guilty to a single count of causing or knowingly permitting an unauthorised water discharge activity in 2012. Richard Banwell prosecuted the company on behalf of the Environment Agency at Maidstone Crown

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02 Dec 2016

Housing Growth and the Environment

The tensions inherent in giving housing delivery priority in the planning system have been discussed by William Upton in the latest edition of UKELA’s e-law journal. This follows on from his speech to the TCPA Annual Conference on 24th November, and the joint UKELA/PEBA seminar on 6th October

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01 Dec 2016

Stuart Jessop secures conditional discharge for breach of enforcement notice

Stuart Jessop has secured a conditional discharge for a defendant facing a charge of failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice contrary to section 179(2) Town and Country Planning Act 1990, brought by the London Borough of Newham. Although the breach was committed over two years

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23 Nov 2016

Letting agent represented by Stuart Jessop successful in appeal against house in multiple occupation

Stuart Jessop recently represented a letting agent in his successful appeal to the Crown Court against a sentence imposed by Thames Magistrates Court. The Appellant had pleaded guilty to four offences under the Housing Act 2004, concerning licensing in respect of Houses in Multiple Occupation,

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14 Nov 2016

Waste, planning and Aarhus costs

William Upton and Emmaline Lambert have successfully defended a waste recycling facility permission next to a proposed new ‘garden suburb’. The Judicial Review proceedings were brought by the promoters of the 1,000+ homes in Birchall Garden Suburb, including Tarmac Ltd. It was said that the

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11 Nov 2016

Anne Williams represents restaurant in immediate Article 4 Direction

Anne Williams has represented the Le Colombier restaurant in Chelsea regarding an immediate Article 4 Direction made by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The freeholder of the property is applying for the right to convert it into a shop, or to premises for financial or professional

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02 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 in Environment and barristers ranked in eleven areas in 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set in Environment Law along with further Set rankings in Crime, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide . Furthermore barristers at Six Pump Court received 42 individual rankings across eleven practice

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01 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court welcomes new Environmental Law specialist Charles Morgan

Chambers is pleased to welcome Charles Morgan to the Planning & Environmental Law team at Six Pump Court. Charles’ principal areas of practice are environmental law and commercial property law. He has a particular interest in all areas of water and water industry law which has led to

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31 Oct 2016

Mark Harris wins Environment Junior of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

Chambers congratulates Mark Harris on winning Environment Junior of the Year at the 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards. The annual Chambers UK Bar Awards were presented at a ceremony in London last week and are based on the extensive research that is undertaken for the 2017 edition of Chambers UK Bar

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24 Oct 2016

Mock Public Inquiry – Friday 11th November

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday 11th November 2016. The session will include training in Inquiry procedure, expert evidence and advocacy skills, to include preparation of

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05 Oct 2016

Planning, POCA and PFI - What You Need To Know

We are very sorry but this event has had to be cancelled. Six Pump Court Chambers and BDO (LLP) will present a Legal and Commercial Update Seminar entitled "Planning, POCA and PFI - What You Need To Know" this month in Manchester. The speakers include Ian Whitehurst, Giles Atkinson and Emmaline

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05 Oct 2016

Deliberate Concealment in Planning Enforcement Case

Anne Williams has successfully defended a client against allegations of deliberate concealment in a recent planning enforcement case. The case was brought by the London Borough of Ealing. The case has been reported in Planning Magazine (available online to subscribers). A copy of the Planning

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