News

06 Sep 2017

The weaknesses in the revised air quality national plan

In an article for LexisNexis PSL, William Upton assesses the main features of the government’s revised plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution.

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31 Aug 2017

Christopher Badger shortlisted in the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards for Environmental Junior of the Year

Christopher Badger has been shortlisted in the ‘Environment/Planning: Junior of the Year’ category of the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards.

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24 Aug 2017

Further support for the OAN and 5 year housing land supply in West Berkshire

A further Inspector has found that West Berkshire District Council is measuring its 5 year housing land supply against an appropriate OAN, that it has not been persistently under - delivering and that it has a 5 year housing land supply.

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02 Aug 2017

Secretary of State dismisses appeal for two large housing schemes

The Communities Secretary finds that West Berkshire District Council has a 5 year housing land supply.

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02 Aug 2017

Six Pump Court welcomes two new members to Chambers

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Robert Griffiths QC and Nicola Strachan to Chambers.

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24 Jul 2017

Maritime Delimitations and Hydrocarbon Resources in Central America and the Caribbean

Jill Barrett spoke at a conference on Maritime Delimitations and Hydrocarbon Resources in Central America and the Caribbean.

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11 Jul 2017

The use of cost benefit analysis in environmental regulation

In a recent article for the Journal of Water Law, Charles Morgan addresses the challenges of cost-benefit analysis in the context of environmental regulation and private nuisance claims.

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29 Jun 2017

William Upton and Megan Thomas speaking at RTPI Planning Law Update Conference

William Upton and Megan Thomas are speaking at the RTPI Planning Law Update Conference in London today.

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12 Jun 2017

‘Piercing the Veil’ - Incorporation and Liability for Environmental Damage: Widening the Net

Six Pump Court presents the third in our series of Environmental and Public Law Seminars to be held this year on Wednesday 12th July.

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05 Jun 2017

Rural housing development and treatment of former agricultural buildings

Giles Atkinson has successfully represented a local planning authority at a combined enforcement notice and planning appeal inquiry into the development of new housing in the countryside.

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16 May 2017

Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation Flood damage is an increasing threat. A variety of statutory powers are entrusted to the Environment Agency,...

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28 Apr 2017

Vacant building credit and housing development in the Green Belt

Giles Atkinson has successfully defended an LPA’s decision not to apply the Vacant Building Credit to a 46 house development in the Metropolitan Green Belt. In what is believed to be the first Inspector’s decision on the discretion provided by NPPG para 023 providing for authorities to...

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19 Apr 2017

Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power”

Six Pump Court presents the first in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power” This seminar will examine the effect of legislative changes to judicial review procedures effected...

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05 Apr 2017

Planning enforcement and abandoned moorings 

The curtain has finally come down on the long-running planning enforcement case where William Upton has been advising the Broads Authority on the unlawful use of an old mooring basin. The continued pressure from the Broads Authority has now led to the landowner selling up, and abandoning his...

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03 Apr 2017

The need for a new international environmental court

On 29 March, Stephen Hockman QC presented a lecture on the history of proposals for an international environmental court and explore how the idea might be taken forward, as well as discussing other related issues. The event took place in the Middle Temple Library. To view a copy of the...

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31 Mar 2017

Six Pump Court presents a series of Environmental and Public Law seminars

Members of the Environmental Law and Public Law Teams at Six Pump Court will be presenting a series of seminars covering both environmental regulation and also public law principles of general application. The Judicial Review and Water seminars listed below will form part of on-going series of...

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29 Mar 2017

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in this year’s Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers was established in the USA in 1983 and describes itself as “the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide”. Stephen Hockman QC, David Travers QC and William Upton are ranked as Leading Individuals in the new edition of the ‘Best...

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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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