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Dual Purpose

16th February 2019

I need to declare an interest as I’ve recently been acting for an electronic communications code operator but… Ouseley J’s ruling in Westminster City Council v Secretary of State & New World Payphones Limited (5 February 2019) raises more questions than some of the media headlines would suggest. Background New World Payphones is the operator …

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VIP, Biscuits: 2 More Refusals For Major Projects In London

9th February 2019

“Getting messy isn’t it?” was how I ended my 26 January 2019 blog post The Secretary Of State & London. Two more decisions to note since that blog post: VIP Trading Estate and VIP Industrial Estate, Charlton I suspect that this is the first example of a London Mayor calling in an application for his …

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What To Do About Poor Air Quality? The Shirley Case

2nd February 2019

In this week of all Brexit weeks it was interesting to see the approach of the Court of Appeal in a case, R (Shirley) v Secretary of State (Court of Appeal, 25 January 2019), which turned on the practical extent of the Secretary of State’s duty to give effect to the objectives of the Air …

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The Secretary Of State & London

26th January 2019

The Secretary of State wrote last year to the Mayor of London: “I am not convinced your assessment of need reflects the full extent of housing need in London to tackle affordability problems. I have listened carefully to yours, and others, representations, and I am clear that the public interest lies with ensuring you deliver …

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CIL The Merciless

19th January 2019

Failing to serve a CIL notice can have huge consequences, as R (Shropshire Council) v Secretary of State (Mr C M G Ockleton, vice president of the Upper Tribunal, sitting as a High Court judge, 16 January 2019) illustrates. Mr Jones, a self-builder, secured planning permission for a large new home with triple garage. Good …

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Section 106 Agreements & Public Procurement

12th January 2019

Faraday v West Berkshire Council (Court of Appeal, 14 November 2018) is essential reading for those advising on development agreements between local authorities and developers: the fact that the developer has the benefit of an option as to whether to take an interest in the relevant land and carry out the development does not prevent …

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Street Trees

5th January 2019

DEFRA published its Protecting and enhancing England’s trees and woodlands consultation paper on 30 December 2018, with a deadline of 28 February 2019 for responses. The proposals include imposing new statutory duties on local authorities: ⁃ “a duty to consult on the felling of street trees” ⁃ “a duty to report on tree felling and …

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Some Blog Post Postscripts

28th December 2018

I’m conscious that these posts (this is the 149th) sometimes don’t age well – they try to capture a point in time and I don’t go back to change them unless I’ve got something really wrong or, worse still, there’s a misplaced apostrophe (they’re written on an ipad, on a train or at the kitchen …

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The Office For Environmental Protection

22nd December 2018

“And through it all the Office for Environmental Protection A lot of love and affection Whether I’m right or wrong..” The Secretary of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, presented the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill to Parliament on 19 December 2018. It is important that we understand the new regime that …

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CIL Life

15th December 2018

One of the many frustrating aspects of the Community Infrastructure Levy regime is the confusing and limited nature of any right to appeal, which is particularly concerning given the varying interpretations given to the Regulations by different collecting authorities. The first difficulty is working out what the appeal route in any particular situation is. Appeals …

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Talk About Town

18 January 2019

‘Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill’ article by Simon Ricketts as featured in Planning Magazine

 

5 January 2019

‘What can we expect from the planning world in 2019?’ article by Simon Ricketts as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

1 December 2018

‘Counting the costs in the Tribunal’ article by Raj Gupta, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

26 October 2018

‘Government told to stick to promise on call-in reasons’ article by Meeta Kaur, as featured in Planning Resource Magazine

 

12 October 2018

‘Brexit, planning and the environment: key questions’ article by Simon Ricketts, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

1 October 2018

Legal landscape: Is the revised NPPF visibly different on design?’ article by Meeta Kaur and Spencer Tewis-Allen, as featured in The Planner

 

4 August 2018

‘Early engagement under the new NPPF’ article by Simon Ricketts and Nick Jones, as featured in the Estate Gazette

 

9 June 2018

‘Heading towards a viable future?’ by Spencer Tewis-Allen, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

21 April 2018

‘Developers left in the dark on light’ by Patrick Robinson, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

24 March 2018

Town Legal ranked second for planning according to Planning Magazine

Clare Fielding and Simon Ricketts in top 20 planning solicitors with Simon topping the league for the ninth consecutive year

Mary Cook in top 2 planning junior barristers

 

24th February 2018

‘A Reckoning with the C classes’ by Ricardo Gama, as featured in The Estates Gazette

 

21 December 2017

‘New Habitats Regulations and a ‘Green Brexit” by Juliet Munn, as featured in Inside Ecology

 

4 November 2017

Town Legal ranked in Chambers and Partners Guide 2018

 

11 October 2017

Town Legal named one of the best planning law firms in the UK Legal 500

Simon Ricketts, Clare Fielding and Patrick Robinson named as leading individuals in planning

 

24 March 2017

Town Legal in top 3 firms for planning in the country according to Planning Magazine

Clare Fielding, Simon Ricketts and Patrick Robinson in top 25 planning solicitors, with Simon topping the league for the eighth consecutive year

Mary Cook in top 3 junior planning barristers

 

17 March 2017

The Planner’s women of influence 2017 featuring Meeta Kaur and Mary Cook

 

16 March 2017

Piece about Town in the Planner magazine

 

30 January 2017

Clare Fielding a Hot 100 lawyer

 

28 January 2017

Estates Gazette article about Town

 

12 October 2016

Legal Week article about Town

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