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Corporate Members 2022

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Beale & Co Bevan Brittan BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Freeths Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers Royds Withy King Simmons … more

BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more

BLS Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

Check out our digital Awards Brochure with a welcome from our C0-Presidents, full details of the award categories and links to our wonderful supporters who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating the best of the local profession with you on 3rd November! BLS Awards 2022 Digital Brochure Nomination Brochure 2022 Nomination Online Submissions Booking Form 2022

No5 Chambers Barristers act for University of Bristol in successful challenge

Members of No5 Chambers’ planning and environment set have secured victory in a statutory challenge for the University of Bristol.  Ian Dove QC and Rowena Meager appeared for the university on 18th and 19th December 2012 before Her Honour Judge Alice Robinson (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) in an application under s 113 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 to challenge the legality of certain policies of North Somerset Council’s Core Strategy (CS).

The University of Bristol owns around 70 hectares of land that lies within the Bristol-Bath Green Belt.  The land is to the south west of Bristol, near Long Ashton and falls within the Council’s administrative area.

North Somerset Council’s Core Strategy provided for 14,000 dwellings to be built in the 10 year period between 2016 and 2026. The University of Bristol objected and sought to increase the number of houses. It called for a review of Green Belt boundaries and the identification of an urban extension which would includes its 70 hectares, on which 1,000 houses could be built to fund future research and teaching.  An Inspector conducted an independent examination of the Core Strategy and rejected the University’s objections.

Ian Dove QC and Rowena Meager, instructed by Veale Wasbrough Vizards, argued that the Inspector’s reasons for supporting the Council’s Core Strategy were flawed for three reasons:

  • Rejection of the latest dRSS figures
  • A failure to use current ONS household projections as required by PPS3
  • Flaws in the homes to jobs ratio methodology to estimate housing requirement

In addition, Mr Dove QC alleged that the Inspector failed to give adequate or intelligible reasons for his conclusion that the Core Strategy was sound as far as the scale and distribution of housing development was concerned.

HHJ Robinson agreed on 14th February 2013, finding that while an Inspector may recommend the adoption of a plan, with or without modifications, the Inspector has an obligation to give reasons.  She found that the Inspector failed to provide adequate reasons for his conclusion that the Core Strategy’s housing requirement figure made sufficient allowance for latent demand.

Therefore the adoption of Policy CS13 of the Core Strategy in reliance upon the Inspector’s recommendation was found to be unlawful.  Furthermore, HHJ Robinson was not convinced from the reasons proffered by the Inspector that he had understood the University of Bristol’s case or the evidence.

All parties were invited by the High Court to provide further submissions given that the Inspector’s conclusions about the housing requirement and adoption of policy CS13 have been found to be unlawful, with the possibility that this could impact upon other policies.  HHJ Robinson has reserved her decision in relation to the order to be made as a result of her conclusions.