Court of Appeal clarifies law relating to certificates of lawfulness of proposed use or development
13th June 2017
The Government of the Republic of France v the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Crown Estate Commissioners & Mr and Mrs Jonathan Hunt  ewca civ 429
Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government
17th May 2017
Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....
The impact of Daventry ‘on the ground’
27th February 2017
Planning permission refused for up to 276 dwellings in a Local Green Gap, Clacton-on-Sea
In Daventry1 the Court of Appeal explained that, because a central theme of the NPPF was to....
DEFRA confirms Whitstable Bay CPO for nature reserve
11th November 2016
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Whitstable Bay Estate Compulsory Purchase Order made by Canterbury City Council.
The CPO authorises the compulsory purchase of....
Neighbourhood Plan Quashed – Boundaries of the 'Soft Touch' Approach
13th October 2016
Mrs Justice Patterson gave judgment today in R. (Stonegate Homes Limited and another) v. Horsham District Council and Henfield Parish Council  EWHC 2512 (Admin) to quash the Henfield Neighbourhood....
Cornerstone Barristers appears for LTDA in challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway
15th January 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 London.
Wales Planning Law Update
20th October 2015
On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point.
The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....
Permission granted for Judicial Review challenge to Cycle Super Highway
12th October 2015
The High Court has granted the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA) permission to bring a judicial review challenge in relation to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway by Transport for London.
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.
Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection
22nd July 2015
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 substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and volume of 585,000 m3, at land at New Barnfield in Welwyn, following a legal challenge in the High Court.
Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct
26th June 2015
Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, the definitive guide to local government standards, produced by Cornerstone Barristers, goes on sale today.
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....
Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For New Barnfield 380 Tkpa RERF
10th July 2014
The Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has refused planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000....
Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones  1 WLR 1561
27th February 2013
A judicial review in which the appellant (unsuccessfully) argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of....
Abubakar v Entry Clearance Officer  EWCA Civ 377
27th February 2013
The Court of Appeal clarified the proper approach for assessing whether an applicant for entry clearance would be 'adequately maintained' for the purposes of the immigration rules. Rob appeared (as....
Hillgrove Paddocks Planning Inquiry (2012)
27th February 2013
Representing the Local Planning Authority (South Downs National Park Authority) in a three-day planning inquiry. The the central issue was whether there was an essential need for a rural worker....
R (on the application of Garner) v Elmbridge Borough Council  Env LR 10
27th February 2013
Rob appeared, as junior to James Findlay QC, in a leading case on the granting of Protective Cost Orders in judicial review challenges to planning permissions.
Attorney General's Panel Appointments
20th February 2013
Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that Catherine Rowlands and Clare Parry have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel with effect from 1 March 2013. Their appointments....
Junior Members appointed to Attorney General's Panel of Counsel
23rd February 2012
Ryan Kohli (2006) and Rob Williams (2008) have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel).
James Findlay QC, joint head of chambers, said "Ryan and Rob have....
Full scale attack on town and village greens repelled
17th January 2012
The Court of Appeal have dismissed a challenge on the law relating to town and village greens which, if successful, would have dramatically limited the ability of local residents to....
Requirements of Circular 05/05: Planning Obligations
23rd July 2010
The Secretary of State has recently issued his decision on the planning appeal last year into major redevelopment proposals for Brighton Marina. The appeal was dismissed on the ground that....
Cornerstone Breakfast Briefing: Is there now a de facto duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission?
1st March 2017
Ramifications of the Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambs DC  EWCA Civ 7
The Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council  EWCA....
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....
Birmingham Private Planning Seminar
19th September 2016
Autumn approaches. After the tumultuous events of this year it is time to take stock and to examine what the future may have in store for the planning system and....