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We specialise in Planning, Housing, Property, Public, Licensing and Regulatory Law

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Recent Key Cases

Cornestone Barristers acts for local resident in successful village green application

Ashley Bowes has successfully represented a local resident, Mrs Flip Cargill, to register Leach Grove Woods, Leatherhead, Surrey as a new village green.  Despite their Inspector William Webster having concluded ...

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Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire

Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK’s first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic ...

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Hazard assessments of accommodation: a matter of judgement for Local Authorities according to Court of Appeal

In a recent case the Court of Appeal has held that a local authority offering accommodation to a homeless applicant who complained about its condition, was not obliged to carry ...

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Obar Camden Limited v The London Borough of Camden [2015] EWHC 2475 (Admin) In a judgment handed down on the 8th September 2015 Mr Justice Stewart has quashed a planning ...

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Cornerstone Barristers acts for successful local authority in securing the rejection of four onshore wind farms after Wales’s longest ever planning inquiry

Four onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales have been rejected by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). The decisions were announced on 7 September 2015 and ...

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Guildford Borough Council grants one of the first Sex Entertainment Venue licenses in Surrey

Guildford Borough Council Licensing Sub-Committee today resolved to grant Star Oyster Limited a Sex Entertainment Venue (“SEV”) license for its new premises on Bridge Street in Guildford town centre. Dr ...

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High Court rejects another challenge to a neighourhood plan

In previous challenges[1] the Courts have not proved receptive to challenges to the process of bringing into force neighbourhood plans, and in DLA Delivery v Lewes District Council [2015] EWHC ...

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Upper Tribunal holds that Framework Agreements are QLTAs: Leaseholders LAPN no longer

In a landmark decision, the Upper Tribunal has held that multi-party framework agreements to be entered into by or on behalf of a public authority are qualifying long term agreements ...

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HMO Licensing Appeals and Space Standards

In a decision dated 23 July 2015 the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has upheld Southwark LBC’s refusal to grant an HMO on the basis of an application of its ...

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Down is out in Kensington and Chelsea?

Yesterday, in Lisle-Mainwaring and Force Foundations v Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin), Mrs Justice Lang dismissed an application to quash the recently adopted Core Strategy policy ...

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Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection

By a decision dated 16 July 2015 the Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has maintained his refusal of a planning permission for a ...

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Practice Update – Appealing a Section 289 decision to the Court of Appeal

An enforcement notice appeal under section 289 TCPA 1990 is a second appeal, and so it was thought that the provisions of CPR 52.1.4 (reflecting section 55 of the Access ...

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This development is a pig sty (literally)

Do pig arcs require planning permission? This was the question at the heart of a recent judicial review that resulted in the quashing of a planning permission for a related ...

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Public Policy drives Supreme Court's interpretation of 'ordinary residence' in Cornwall case

Peggy Etiebet considers the latest case on the vexed question of ordinary residence The Supreme Court has finally today (8 July 2015) handed down its long awaited judgment in the ...

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Double ‘no’ to fracking – Lancashire County Council refuses Cuadrilla’s two planning applications

Lancashire County Council has refused two applications for fracking at sites in Lancashire – one refusal (Preston New Road, Little Plumpton) against officer recommendation. Estelle Dehon, who represented Friends of ...

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Inspector upholds a disaggregated approach to housing land supply and neighbourhood plan policies in dismissing planning appeal

In a decision issued on the 17th June 2015, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State has, following a planning inquiry, dismissed an appeal made against a decision by ...

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Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights

In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the ...

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R (on the application of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2015)

Led by Philip Coppel Q.C., Ryan Kohli acted for the Secretary of State defending a challenge brought under s. 288 to the grant of lawful development certificates to property owners ...

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Latest News Stories

Local Government Lawyer: Winds of change in Wales?

Clare Parry has authored an article considering the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s decision to reject five onshore wind farm projects in Powys, Mid Wales, following the UK’s biggest ...
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Cornerstone Development Team exhibiting at MIPIM UK 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that the newly-launched Cornerstone Development Team will be exhibiting at this year’s MIPIM UK conference. The team has been designed to assist businesses and organisations ...
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All change in the Court of Protection

Jon Holbrook considers a landmark judgment that should restore common sense to the way the Court of Protection deals with welfare applications. 1.  Consider this scenario: P, a mentally incapacitated ...
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Thomson Reuters: LLG Housing Seminar blog

Andrew Lane and Dean Underwood presented on anti-social behaviour, the right to buy and assets of community value at a recent seminar for Lawyers in Local Government Housing and Regeneration ...
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Archbold Review: “Many Rivers to Cross” — Sentencing for environmental crimes

Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article on the application of new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences in light of the recent case of R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd. ...
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New Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines to be published in November

The new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines will now be published in early November, effective from 1st February 2016. All cases due to be sentenced on or after that date ...
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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at series of Australian conferences

Gerard Forlin QC is speaking on anti-bribery and corruption issues at a series of conferences in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, on behalf of the British Foreign Commonwealth Office in September. ...
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Cornerstone Barristers recognised as Top Tier Set in Legal 500 UK 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that we have once again been recognised as a Top Tier Set by Legal 500, with over 30 members included in this year’s rankings. ...
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Estates Gazette: No, Minister

Martin Edwards has written an article in Estates Gazette considering the role of the secretary of state in planning cases. He notes that while ministers have significant political power within the ...
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Cornerstone on the Planning Court

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops. Edited by Tom Cosgrove ...
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Dr Ashley Bowes joins Cornerstone Barristers

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Ashley Bowes has joined Cornerstone Barristers from Guildford Chambers. Ashley is particularly experienced in planning and property law, civil and commercial litigation, ...
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Fracking planning applications set to rise with new licences offer

The UK Oil and Gas Authority’s announcement this week concerning the offering of new fracking licences is further evidence of the government’s commitment to shale gas production. This, combined with ...
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Estates Gazette: Magna Carta - a charter for property

Steven Gasztowicz QC has written an article for Estates Gazette looking at the significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. Steven considers the various property clauses contained within the charter and explains ...
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Estates Gazette: Making hay while the sun shines

Martin Edwards has authored an article for Estates Gazette in which he examines the current planning legislation surrounding renewable energy and the challenges involved in obtaining planning permission for solar energy projects.

Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law Kuljit Bhogal

Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law by Kuljit Bhogal.

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Cornerstone Barristers supports Bar Mock Trial Competition

Cornerstone Barristers has taken part in a training video to accompany the Bar Mock Trial Competition set up by the Citizenship Foundation, a charity aimed at educating young people about ...
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Lexis PSL: Establishing ordinary residence

Peggy Etiebet has written an article on the judgement in R (on the application of Cornwall Council) v Secretary of State for Health and others and how the courts determine the ordinary ...
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Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015

The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes… Message from the Heads of Team  Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal The Supreme Court’s interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson  Matt ...
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