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Asitha Ranatunga

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Asitha specialises in Planning & Environment and Licensing law.

Within those fields his practice incorporates related Administrative & Public Law work. He regularly appears at public inquiries, hearings, and before the Higher Courts. His clients include developers and individuals as well as local authorities and residents' groups.

Asitha specialises in Planning & Environment and Licensing law.

Within those fields his practice incorporates related Administrative & Public Law work. He regularly appears at public inquiries, hearings, and before the Higher Courts. His clients include developers and individuals as well as local authorities and residents' groups.

Asitha provides strategic and legal advice across a range of sectors including development (residential, retail, and leisure), infrastructure (renewable energy and highways), and regulatory control (environmental enforcement).

In Licensing, Asitha has considerable experience of contested appeals acting for the trade as well as defending licensing authority decisions.

Asitha brings approachability and pragmatism to all of his work and draws on 15 years' experience at the Bar. He is consistently ranked as a leading junior in the main guides to the profession:

"He is very intelligent and has an ability to put clients at ease from the first moment he meets them." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Planning)

"He is very focused, intelligent and good with clients. In court he exudes quiet confidence, which can be very effective." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Licensing)

"Provides excellent advice and turns it around very quickly." Legal 500 2015 (Planning)

"He is extremely hard working, well prepared and very thorough." "His written work is excellent – it's to the point, relevant and easy to understand." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Licensing)

"He has an efficient and effective approach to work and problem-solving. His ability to take in information and act upon it under time-limited conditions is very impressive." "Quick and clear advice." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Planning)

"Recommended for local authority representation." Legal 500 2016 (Planning)

"He provides exceptionally clear and concise advice, and is a joy to work with." Legal 500 2016 (Licensing)

"He is very intelligent and has an ability to put clients at ease from the first moment he meets them." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Planning)

"He is very focused, intelligent and good with clients. In court he exudes quiet confidence, which can be very effective." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Licensing)

"Provides excellent advice and turns it around very quickly." Legal 500 2015 (Planning)

"Does a very thorough job; he knows what he is doing and does it very well." Legal 500 2015 (Licensing)

Overview

Asitha is regularly instructed to advise and appear in all aspects of planning and environmental litigation. He is often involved in assisting clients through the planning process by providing strategic, legal, and tactical advice and representing clients at public inquiries, hearings, and in the Higher Courts.

Asitha has significant experience of advising and appearing at s.78 inquiries in relation to residential schemes of varying scales, involving housing land supply, design, landscape, cultural heritage, and related highways issues.

His expertise covers all aspects of the enforcement process and he has considerable experience of appeals involving enforcement notices and other regulatory controls.

With regard to renewable energy, Asitha has appeared at several recovered wind farm inquiries (Treading Field in Fenland, Hempnall in South Norfolk, Spring Farm Ridge in South Northants).

Recent work includes:

- Appearing at an inquiry concerning a 650 dwelling scheme: emerging highway improvements and neighbourhood plan issues were considered.
- Advising 3rd party objectors in relation to the proposed redevelopment of Headingley Cricket Ground to be cross-funded by 2 separate housing schemes in the Green Belt.
- Appearing at an enforcement inquiry involving a vehicle repair / scrap metal business operating in the Green Belt.
- Advising in relation to s.187B injunctive proceedings following the importation and deposit of considerable quantities of waste within an AONB and adjacent to a SSSI.
- Assisting South Norfolk DC through its Site Allocations and Development Management Plan examination process.

Asitha is recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Planning.

Cases

Pickles Overrules Inspector Over Three Norfolk Turbines
26.01.2015

For the second time in three years proposals for a major windfarm site in Norfolk have been turned down due to impacts on the historic landscape at Upper Vaunces Farm near Dickleburgh in Norfolk.

....

Winning The Wind Farm War: Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For Spring Farm Ridge Wind Farm
07.01.2015
On 22 December 2014 the Secretary of State finally announced his decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm known as Spring Farm Ridge, located between Greatworth....

Spring Farm Ridge, Appeal By Broadview Energy Ltd., December 2014
13.12.2014
Successfully defended South Northamptonshire Council's decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm (5 turbines, 125m to blade tip) at inquiry. The appeal was recovered by the....

Court Of Appeal Dismisses Core Strategy And Judicial Review Challenges Based On Reasonable Alternatives, Reasons, Error Of Fact, Interpretation Of Development Plan Policy, And The Meaning Of ‘Playing Field’
30.10.2014
In a unanimous ruling (though with split reasoning) the Court of Appeal [Moore-Bick, Beatson, and Briggs LJJ] handed down judgement on Tuesday dismissing a challenge to the grant of planning....

Planning Balance Weighs Against Hempnall Wind Farm
29.10.2014
In another success story for those resisting onshore wind farms, the Secretary of State yesterday dismissed an appeal against the refusal by South Norfolk Council to grant permission for a....

Chalfont St. Peter PC V Chiltern DC, Holy Cross Sisters Trustees Inc. [2014] EWCA Civ 1393, October 2014
13.10.2014
Successfully defended a challenge to the grant of permission for the redevelopment of a former school site (including up to 198 dwellings) in the Court of Appeal. The Court considered....

Hempnall, Appeal By Streetwood Wind Farm Norfolk Ltd., October 2014
13.10.2014
Successfully defended South Norfolk District Council's decision, against officer recommendation, to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm (3 turbines, 125m to blade tip) at inquiry. The appeal....

Examination of South Norfolk Local Plans, 2014
13.09.2014
Asitha advised South Norfolk District Council on its Site Specific Allocation, Wymondham Area Action Plan, and Development Management Plan documents which were considered at Examination in Public.....

New Planning Court signals its intent
27.05.2014

The new Planning Court has shown itself true to its word in seeking to provide an efficient appeal court to deal with challenges to the grant of planning permission. In the latest round of a "store wars" battle concerning rival sites in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, the Court last week refused permission to Harrier Developments (a development partner of Tesco Stores) to challenge Fenland District Council's decision to grant consent to Sainsbury's for a major food store

....

High Court quashes grant of permission for onshore windfarm
28.01.2013

The High Court has quashed the grant of planning permission for a commercial scale windfarm on a site near Greatworth and Helmdon in the South Northants area.

....

South Northamptonshire District Council V Secretary Of State (December 2012)
01.12.2012
In this s.288 TCPA 1990 appeal, the Council challenged in the Administrative Court an Inspector's decision to grant planning permission for a commercial scale windfarm (5 turbines each over 100m)....

Land East Of East Delph, Whittlesey, Appeal By Showfields Ltd., November 2014
13.11.2012
Successfully defended Fenland District Council's decision to refuse outline planning permission for up to 249 dwellings. The inquiry heard expert evidence principally on flooding and planning matters, and also considered....

Appeal By Travis Perkins (Properties) Ltd. – Dairy Crest Site (September 2012) This public inquiry considered an appeal against the refusal of the Council to grant
01.09.2012
This public inquiry considered an appeal against the refusal of the Council to grant planning permission for the conversion of a former milk depot into residential flats and commercial builder's....

Malvern Mansions Limited V The London Borough Of Islington, High Court, Queen's Bench Division, April 2012
04.04.2012
Asitha represented the Council in its application to discharge an interim injunction preventing its planning enforcement department from taking direct action. The Council had started to take direct action pursuant to....

Appeal By TCI Renewables Ltd. (April 2012)
01.04.2012
This public inquiry considered an appeal against the Council's decision to refuse planning permission for the erection of a commercial scale windfarm (3 turbines each over 100m) at Pulham Market....

R (Dignity Funerals Ltd.) V Fenland District Council, Memoria Limited CO/7744/2011
07.03.2012
This case involves a challenge to the Council's decision to grant planning permission for a Crematorium in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. The challenge is brought by a company which was granted permission for....

Appeals By RES UK & Ireland Ltd. And EON Climate And Renewables UK Development Ltd. (February 2012) (Jack's Lane And Chiplow Wind Farms)
07.03.2012
These conjoined appeals were heard at an inquiry to consider the Council's refusal to grant planning permission for two commercial scale windfarms (5 and 6 turbines each over 100m) at....

Development Corporation defeats Mega Church's Olympic relocation bid on appeal
10.09.2009
Mary Cook, assisted by Asitha Ranatunga recently received the Secretary of State's DL dismissing an appeal in which they appeared at a planning inquiry, instructed by Nigel Hewitson of Norton....

Hart DC v (1) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (2) Luckmore Ltd., (3) Barratt Homes Ltd [2008] EWHC 1204 (Admin)
01.01.2008
Hart District Council's unsuccessful High Court challenge to the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permissions related to housing development involving a bespoke package of mitigation measures to ensure....

News

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day
17.11.2015
"From Green to Blue – planning under the Conservatives" The Cornerstone Annual Planning Day, which took place on 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons, saw a number of  planning consultants, solicitors and....

Cornerstone on the Planning Court
01.09.2015

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.

....

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

South Norfolk Wind Farm appeal dismissed
29.10.2012

Jonathan Clay (4Villages) and Asitha Ranatunga (South Norfolk DC) have successfully resisted a commercial wind farm scheme for 3 turbines (each 126m to blade tip) near Dickleburgh in South Norfolk. ...

....

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Overview

Asitha's expertise in Licensing takes him across the country acting both for the trade and Local Authorities. He has substantial magistrates' court experience of defending licensing authority decisions on appeal, and appears regularly for the trade both before licensing sub-committees and on appeal for all types of premises (pubs, clubs, off-licences, academic institutions). He is principally involved in alcohol and public entertainment matters under the Licensing Act 2003 and also in taxi licensing litigation.

Asitha is appointed to the Metropolitan Police's panel of Counsel. He has frequently sat as legal advisor and represented the licensing authority before Licensing Sub-Committees.

Recent work includes:

  • Represented the Metropolitan Police in the summary review of Fabric's premises licence following the drug related deaths of two customers. Retained by the Metropolitan police for the appeal.
  • Appearing in magistrates' court appeals in Haringey and Islington defending licensing authority decisions to reduce the hours of operation or revoke premises licences for night clubs and off-licences.
  • Acted for the Metropolitan Police in a series of summary and full reviews relating to high profile premises based on incidents of violent disorder (Boujis, Mode, Kensington Roof Gardens).
  • Defended the suspension and revocation of private hire and hackney carriage drivers' licences on appeal in Chesterfield and Harlow based on breach of condition and criminal allegations.

Asitha is recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Licensing.

Cases

Fabric
22.11.2016
The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

Boujis’ nightclub licence suspended after major disorder
02.11.2015

Following a mass brawl involving its customers, the premises licence for Boujis nightclub has been suspended for two weekends and its hours have been curtailed on re-opening pending final review by Kensington & Chelsea Council's licensing sub-committee.

....

Lalli (William The Conqueror) V MPS, LB Newham, [2015] EWHC 14 (Admin), January 2015
13.01.2015
Asitha successfully represented the Metropolitan Police in summary review proceedings in August 2014 which led to the revocation of the licence for pub premises following a serious assault. The premises....

Summary Reviews: when are licensed premises ‘associated with’ serious crime?
09.01.2015

The High Court has today dismissed a challenge against the decision of the Metropolitan Police to bring summary review proceedings leading to the suspension and revocation of a licence for ...

....

Hypermarket, 327 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, October 2014
13.10.2014
Successfully applied for a new premises licence for a Turkish Hypermarket within Peterborough's cumulative impact area in the face of police objection.....

Elements Nightclub, Bedford, September 2014
13.09.2014
Successfully represented the Licensing Authority at a hearing resisting an application by Bedford's largest nightclub to extend its last entry condition by half an hour. The decision is currently subject....

Carter (Bar Centro) V Chesterfield BC, May 2014
13.05.2014
Successfully defended Chesterfield BC's decision to revoke a premises licence for a town centre nightclub in Chesterfield known as Bar Centro (4 a.m. licence) at appeal. The police had brought....

HD Festival – Forest Farm (December 2013)
21.12.2013
In this case Asitha represented the Metropolitan Police who were supporting a local resident's review of the High Definition Festival held during one weekend each year in the London Borough....

Electric Star Limited V LB Islington June 2013
01.07.2013
This was an appeal against the Council's decision to restrict the hours and capacity of a pub / nightclub known as the Star of Kings following a review brought by....

Greene King Ltd. V Bedford Borough Council (December 2012)
01.12.2012
This was an appeal against the Council's decision to restrict the use of a large beer garden of a public house known as The Ship on the edge of Bedford's....

Application For Review Of Premises Licence (Following Summary Review Application) At Proud2, O2 Centre, London (October 2012)
01.10.2012
This application involved a commercial client known as Proud2 operating the largest nightclub in the O2 Centre with a capacity of over 2500 people and a very late licence. The....

Fevzi Yeter V London Borough Of Islington (July 2012)
01.07.2012
This was an appeal against the Council's decision to revoke the licence at premises known as The Saigon Eagle Off-Licence following a review brought by Trading Standards. The Bench at....

Carumi Ltd. V London Borough Of Lambeth (July 2012)
01.07.2012
This was an appeal against the Council's decision to restrict the licensing hours at a nightclub known as Artesian Well - with a capacity of approximately 500 people - following....

University Of Brighton – Varley Halls Of Residence (June 2012)
01.06.2012
The University of Brighton applied for a premises licence for their newly constructed campus on the outskirts of Brighton. The application met with considerable opposition from local residents who had....

News

Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel
01.03.2013
Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

Overview

A high proportion of Asitha's work involves acting both for and against public bodies. As such, he has experience of public law challenges to the decisions of such bodies. Asitha is regularly instructed in relation to statutory appeals and judicial review applications within his practice areas of Planning & Environmental and Licensing.

Notable work includes:

R (Chalfont St Peter PC) v Chiltern DC [2014] EWCA Civ 1393
Judicial Review involving the proper interpretation of development plan policy and mistake of fact. Led by Mark Lowe QC.

R (Lalli) v Metropolitan Police (1), LB Newham (2) [2015] EWHC 14 (Admin)
Judicial Review involving the proper interpretation of the summary review provisions under s.53A of the Licensing Act 2003. An appeal will be heard in the Court of Appeal in 2017. Led by Philip Kolvin QC.

South Northamptonshire Council v SOSCLG [2013] EWHC 11 (Admin)
Section 288 appeal involving the proper approach to the statutory development plan in decision making.

News

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Cornerstone on the Planning Court (2015), Bloomsbury

1st September 2015

Co-author of chapter on bringing a claim in the Planning Court.

Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy

28th June 2013

Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy (2nd ed.) 2013, Bloomsbury by P.Kolvin
Author and Co-author of Chapters on 'Offences' and 'Closure Orders'.

Asitha is well regarded in licensing circles for the training he provides on licensing law, practice and procedure. He has regularly provided training on behalf of the Institute of Licensing for Councillors and members on various current issues within licensing law. He will be speaking on safeguarding issues in their forthcoming Now & Next series.

Asitha is a regular contributor to Cornerstone's Annual Planning Day. He recently took part in mock inquiry training for Planning Potential and provided training to Strutt & Parker on the Development plan examination process.

• Planning & Environment Bar Association (PEBA)
• United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
• Institute of Licensing (IOL)
• Constitutional & Administrative Bar Association (ALBA)

Case

Fabric

22nd November 2016

The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

News

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day

17th November 2015

"From Green to Blue – planning under the Conservatives" The Cornerstone Annual Planning Day, which took place on 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons, saw a number of  planning consultants, solicitors and....

Case

Boujis’ nightclub licence suspended after major disorder

2nd November 2015

Following a mass brawl involving its customers, the premises licence for Boujis nightclub has been suspended for two weekends and its hours have been curtailed on re-opening pending final review by Kensington & Chelsea Council's licensing sub-committee.

....

News

Cornerstone on the Planning Court

1st September 2015

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.

....

News

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015

31st May 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Case

Pickles Overrules Inspector Over Three Norfolk Turbines

26th January 2015

For the second time in three years proposals for a major windfarm site in Norfolk have been turned down due to impacts on the historic landscape at Upper Vaunces Farm near Dickleburgh in Norfolk.

....

Case

Lalli (William The Conqueror) V MPS, LB Newham, [2015] EWHC 14 (Admin), January 2015

13th January 2015

Asitha successfully represented the Metropolitan Police in summary review proceedings in August 2014 which led to the revocation of the licence for pub premises following a serious assault. The premises....

Case

Summary Reviews: when are licensed premises ‘associated with’ serious crime?

9th January 2015

The High Court has today dismissed a challenge against the decision of the Metropolitan Police to bring summary review proceedings leading to the suspension and revocation of a licence for ...

....

Case

Winning The Wind Farm War: Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For Spring Farm Ridge Wind Farm

7th January 2015

On 22 December 2014 the Secretary of State finally announced his decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm known as Spring Farm Ridge, located between Greatworth....

Case

Spring Farm Ridge, Appeal By Broadview Energy Ltd., December 2014

13th December 2014

Successfully defended South Northamptonshire Council's decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm (5 turbines, 125m to blade tip) at inquiry. The appeal was recovered by the....

Case

Court Of Appeal Dismisses Core Strategy And Judicial Review Challenges Based On Reasonable Alternatives, Reasons, Error Of Fact, Interpretation Of Development Plan Policy, And The Meaning Of ‘Playing Field’

30th October 2014

In a unanimous ruling (though with split reasoning) the Court of Appeal [Moore-Bick, Beatson, and Briggs LJJ] handed down judgement on Tuesday dismissing a challenge to the grant of planning....

Case

Planning Balance Weighs Against Hempnall Wind Farm

29th October 2014

In another success story for those resisting onshore wind farms, the Secretary of State yesterday dismissed an appeal against the refusal by South Norfolk Council to grant permission for a....

Case

Hypermarket, 327 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, October 2014

13th October 2014

Successfully applied for a new premises licence for a Turkish Hypermarket within Peterborough's cumulative impact area in the face of police objection.....

Case

Chalfont St. Peter PC V Chiltern DC, Holy Cross Sisters Trustees Inc. [2014] EWCA Civ 1393, October 2014

13th October 2014

Successfully defended a challenge to the grant of permission for the redevelopment of a former school site (including up to 198 dwellings) in the Court of Appeal. The Court considered....

Case

Hempnall, Appeal By Streetwood Wind Farm Norfolk Ltd., October 2014

13th October 2014

Successfully defended South Norfolk District Council's decision, against officer recommendation, to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm (3 turbines, 125m to blade tip) at inquiry. The appeal....

Case

Elements Nightclub, Bedford, September 2014

13th September 2014

Successfully represented the Licensing Authority at a hearing resisting an application by Bedford's largest nightclub to extend its last entry condition by half an hour. The decision is currently subject....

Case

Examination of South Norfolk Local Plans, 2014

13th September 2014

Asitha advised South Norfolk District Council on its Site Specific Allocation, Wymondham Area Action Plan, and Development Management Plan documents which were considered at Examination in Public.....

Case

New Planning Court signals its intent

27th May 2014

The new Planning Court has shown itself true to its word in seeking to provide an efficient appeal court to deal with challenges to the grant of planning permission. In the latest round of a "store wars" battle concerning rival sites in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, the Court last week refused permission to Harrier Developments (a development partner of Tesco Stores) to challenge Fenland District Council's decision to grant consent to Sainsbury's for a major food store

....

Case

Carter (Bar Centro) V Chesterfield BC, May 2014

13th May 2014

Successfully defended Chesterfield BC's decision to revoke a premises licence for a town centre nightclub in Chesterfield known as Bar Centro (4 a.m. licence) at appeal. The police had brought....

Case

HD Festival – Forest Farm (December 2013)

21st December 2013

In this case Asitha represented the Metropolitan Police who were supporting a local resident's review of the High Definition Festival held during one weekend each year in the London Borough....

Case

Electric Star Limited V LB Islington June 2013

1st July 2013

This was an appeal against the Council's decision to restrict the hours and capacity of a pub / nightclub known as the Star of Kings following a review brought by....

News

Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel

1st March 2013

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

News

Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel

1st March 2013

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters.

....

Case

High Court quashes grant of permission for onshore windfarm

28th January 2013

The High Court has quashed the grant of planning permission for a commercial scale windfarm on a site near Greatworth and Helmdon in the South Northants area.

....

Case

High Court quashes grant of permission for onshore windfarm

28th January 2013

The High Court has quashed the grant of planning permission for a commercial scale windfarm on a site near Greatworth and Helmdon in the South Northants area.

....

Case

Greene King Ltd. V Bedford Borough Council (December 2012)

1st December 2012

This was an appeal against the Council's decision to restrict the use of a large beer garden of a public house known as The Ship on the edge of Bedford's....

Case

South Northamptonshire District Council V Secretary Of State (December 2012)

1st December 2012

In this s.288 TCPA 1990 appeal, the Council challenged in the Administrative Court an Inspector's decision to grant planning permission for a commercial scale windfarm (5 turbines each over 100m)....

Case

Land East Of East Delph, Whittlesey, Appeal By Showfields Ltd., November 2014

13th November 2012

Successfully defended Fenland District Council's decision to refuse outline planning permission for up to 249 dwellings. The inquiry heard expert evidence principally on flooding and planning matters, and also considered....

News

South Norfolk Wind Farm appeal dismissed

29th October 2012

Jonathan Clay (4Villages) and Asitha Ranatunga (South Norfolk DC) have successfully resisted a commercial wind farm scheme for 3 turbines (each 126m to blade tip) near Dickleburgh in South Norfolk. ...

....

Case

Application For Review Of Premises Licence (Following Summary Review Application) At Proud2, O2 Centre, London (October 2012)

1st October 2012

This application involved a commercial client known as Proud2 operating the largest nightclub in the O2 Centre with a capacity of over 2500 people and a very late licence. The....

Case

Appeal By Travis Perkins (Properties) Ltd. – Dairy Crest Site (September 2012) This public inquiry considered an appeal against the refusal of the Council to grant

1st September 2012

This public inquiry considered an appeal against the refusal of the Council to grant planning permission for the conversion of a former milk depot into residential flats and commercial builder's....

Case

Fevzi Yeter V London Borough Of Islington (July 2012)

1st July 2012

This was an appeal against the Council's decision to revoke the licence at premises known as The Saigon Eagle Off-Licence following a review brought by Trading Standards. The Bench at....

Case

Carumi Ltd. V London Borough Of Lambeth (July 2012)

1st July 2012

This was an appeal against the Council's decision to restrict the licensing hours at a nightclub known as Artesian Well - with a capacity of approximately 500 people - following....

Case

University Of Brighton – Varley Halls Of Residence (June 2012)

1st June 2012

The University of Brighton applied for a premises licence for their newly constructed campus on the outskirts of Brighton. The application met with considerable opposition from local residents who had....

Case

Malvern Mansions Limited V The London Borough Of Islington, High Court, Queen's Bench Division, April 2012

4th April 2012

Asitha represented the Council in its application to discharge an interim injunction preventing its planning enforcement department from taking direct action. The Council had started to take direct action pursuant to....

Case

Appeal By TCI Renewables Ltd. (April 2012)

1st April 2012

This public inquiry considered an appeal against the Council's decision to refuse planning permission for the erection of a commercial scale windfarm (3 turbines each over 100m) at Pulham Market....

Case

R (Dignity Funerals Ltd.) V Fenland District Council, Memoria Limited CO/7744/2011

7th March 2012

This case involves a challenge to the Council's decision to grant planning permission for a Crematorium in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. The challenge is brought by a company which was granted permission for....

Case

Appeals By RES UK & Ireland Ltd. And EON Climate And Renewables UK Development Ltd. (February 2012) (Jack's Lane And Chiplow Wind Farms)

7th March 2012

These conjoined appeals were heard at an inquiry to consider the Council's refusal to grant planning permission for two commercial scale windfarms (5 and 6 turbines each over 100m) at....

Case

Development Corporation defeats Mega Church's Olympic relocation bid on appeal

10th September 2009

Mary Cook, assisted by Asitha Ranatunga recently received the Secretary of State's DL dismissing an appeal in which they appeared at a planning inquiry, instructed by Nigel Hewitson of Norton....

Case

Hart DC v (1) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (2) Luckmore Ltd., (3) Barratt Homes Ltd [2008] EWHC 1204 (Admin)

1st January 2008

Hart District Council's unsuccessful High Court challenge to the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permissions related to housing development involving a bespoke package of mitigation measures to ensure....

EVENT

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016

7th November 2016

Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....