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Recent Key Cases

Pump and Boneyard loses licence
05.02.2016

The facts of Pump and Boneyard, whose licence was finally buried by District Judge Angus Hamilton on 3rd February, read like a licensing exam paper. The venue was formerly a ...

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Bedroom tax challenge succeeds in the Court of Appeal
28.01.2016

On 27 January 2016 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the conjoined bedroom tax appeals of R (on the application of Susan Rutherford, Paul Rutherford and Warren Todd ...

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High Court holds that some residential gardens are brownfield land
21.01.2016

The High Court (Charles George QC sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) handed down judgment today in Dartford Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government ...

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A return to “garden grabbing”? Planning Court to consider whether some private residential gardens are brownfield land.
19.01.2016

On Tuesday, the Planning Court will hear arguments in the case of Dartford Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CO/4129/2015). Dartford Borough Council are seeking ...

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High Court quashes Inspector’s decision to uphold enforcement notice relating to the disposal of waste
18.01.2016

The High Court has allowed a section 289 appeal against the decision of an Inspector to dismiss an appeal against an enforcement notice. The Appellant had brought waste onto land ...

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Cornerstone Barristers appears for LTDA in challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway
14.01.2016

On 13th and 14th January 2016 the High Court (Mrs Justice Patterson DBE) heard argument in R (on the application of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association Ltd) v Transport for ...

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Court of Appeal considers what are “policies for the supply of housing”
14.01.2016

The Court of Appeal will today and tomorrow hear arguments in the joined appeals of Hopkins Homes Ltd v SSCLG and Cheshire East BC v SSCLG. The principle at issue ...

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Chiltern District Council's Green Belt Policy with regard to agricultural buildings is consistent with the NPPF
06.01.2016

CHILTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL v (1) SECRETARY OF STATE FOR COMMUNITIES & LOCAL GOVERNMENT (2) MR FRANK LORD CO/3628/2015 (31/12/15) David Lintott successfully represented the Claimant local authority. Gwion Lewis represented ...

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Failure to consider the effect of a development on the setting of a listed building results in Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent Quashing
04.01.2016

The High Court has quashed planning permission and listed building consent for the construction of an extension to a listed building in Hammersmith. The development involved a rear extension to ...

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Sussex Solar Farm planning permission quashed
16.12.2015

The High Court has quashed planning consent for a large scale solar farm in the open countryside in Sussex. The consent had been granted by Mid Sussex District Council for ...

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Trump’s tilt at windmills fails: Carnwath contemplates implied conditions in planning permissions
16.12.2015

Donald Trump’s challenge to the approval of an offshore windfarm under s.36 of the Electricity Act 1989 by Scottish Ministers has been rejected by the Supreme Court (Judgment can be ...

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Club wins Round 1 of legal fight to save Brixton Night Spot
15.12.2015

The legal challenge to Lambeth Council’s decision to grant planning consent for controversial housing development that would lead to the closure of one of Brixton’s best known night clubs has ...

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Secretary of State agrees to quash grant of planning permission for residential scheme in Dartford
03.12.2015

Dartford Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CO/4454/2015) Date: 3 December 2015 The Secretary of State, having considered the Claimant’s skeleton argument, has agreed to ...

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Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites
27.11.2015

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made ...

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High Court rejects judicial review challenge by the French Government
27.11.2015

In a judgment handed down by the Planning Court on the 27th November 2015 Mr Justice Holgate has rejected an attempt by the French Government to judicially review planning decisions ...

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Basildon BC v James & Ors
26.11.2015

Appeal to the Divisional Court by way of case stated. The Court accepted submissions by Steven Gasztowicz QC that where an administrative power is given to a Council under s18 ...

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The Planner: DECC rejects NSIP wind farm in Wales
24.11.2015

Tom Cosgrove is quoted in an article in The Planner on the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse development consent for an onshore ...

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Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project refused by Government
23.11.2015

The Government has refused an application for a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008’s Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. The refusal is only the second instance of ...

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Latest News Stories

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - January 2016
01.02.2016

The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes: The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC  Private registered providers: back to the ...
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LexisNexis Webinar: Regulatory aspects of fracking
29.01.2016

Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have co-presented a webinar on fracking regulation and planning law for LexisNexis.   The webinar provides practical guidance on a range of issues including: The licensing ...
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Philip Kolvin QC of Cornerstone Barristers appointed Board Member of the SGSA
27.01.2016

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that its Head of Chambers Philip Kolvin QC has been appointed as a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, the national regulatory authority ...
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Cornerstone Barristers' Housing Seminar Programme 2016
27.01.2016

The Cornerstone Housing Team will be hosting a series of seminars throughout 2016 designed to keep you up to date on major legal developments in the social housing sector. Please see below ...
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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Environment and Strategy breakfast seminar
27.01.2016

On 3 February Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at a breakfast seminar on Environment and Safety hosted by Mayer Brown International LLP. Gerard will be speaking alongside Michael Hutchinson, Head ...
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Estates Gazette: Déjà vu all over again
25.01.2016

Martin Edwards has written an article considering the outlook for the planning system in 2016 and the focus on infrastructure provision and housing supply. Click here to read the full ...
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Gerard Forlin QC instructed again in the Falklands
21.01.2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been instructed once again in a major case in the Falklands involving regulatory and environmental issues. Gerard has previously been instructed in an Inquest in the ...
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Journal of Planning and Environment Law: As of Right?: Where are we now?
21.01.2016

Ashley Bowes has written an analysis of the decisions of the Supreme Court in Barkas v North Yorkshire CC and Newhaven Port & Properties v East Sussex CC and the High ...
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Choral Evensong: In Memory of Sir David Penry-Davey
21.01.2016

The Temple Church is Kindly dedicating a choral evensong to David's memory on Wednesday 27th January at 5:30pm.

Emma Dring of Cornerstone Barristers appointed to Attorney General Panel of Counsel
20.01.2016

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Emma Dring has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel. Emma’s appointment will last for a period of five years. ...
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Gerard Forlin QC instructed in major health and safety matter
19.01.2016

Gerard recently acted for a construction company after a double electrocution occurred in a House of Lords site in Millbank, London. After carefully listening to Gerard’s lengthy submission, the learned ...
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Local Government Lawyer: Planning Court to hear key case on residential gardens and brownfield land
19.01.2016

Local Government Lawyer has reported on the case of Dartford Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CO/4129/2015) which concerns whether private residential gardens can be considered brownfield ...
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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Intersec Occupational Health and Safety Forum in Dubai
15.01.2016

Gerard Forlin QC is one of the key speakers at this year’s Intersec Occupational Health and Safety Forum in Dubai taking place on 17th -19th January 2016. Gerard will be ...
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Lexis Nexis: An A to Z of the process of changing street names
11.01.2016

Steven Gasztowicz QC has written an article for LexisPSL which considers the judgement in Basildon BC v James and what it suggests about the court’s approach to judicial interference where a ...
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Planning Magazine and Local Government Lawyer: New QC appointments
11.01.2016

Planning Magazine and Local Government Lawyer have both reported on the appointment of Cornerstone Barristers’ Richard Ground and Michael Bedford as Queen’s Counsel. Richard and Michael are among 107 new ...
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Cornerstone Barristers announces two new planning silks
11.01.2016

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Michael Bedford and Richard Ground are to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in the new silk appointments announced on 11th January 2016. Michael Bedford ...
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Practial Law: Anti-social Behaviour
04.01.2016

Andrew Lane has written a guide to the new possession grounds as introduced under Part 5 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The article considers the qualifying ...
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Minimum pricing: all to play for
24.12.2015

Philip Kolvin QC explains the European Court’s judgment concerning the Scottish Government’s alcohol pricing proposal. Both sides claimed victory from the long-awaited judgment of the European Court on the Scottish ...
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