Eian Caws

Call: 1974
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Practice Summary

Eian Caws was called to the Bar in 1974 and, following pupillage in 2 Paper Buildings and Francis Taylor Buildings, he returned to Paper Buildings to take up tenancy there in 1975. From there and subsequently, following the Chambers move to 4 Breams Buildings, he has specialised in planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and highway law. This work has involved his appearance in a large number of public inquiries and in the courts, acting for a wide cross-section of corporate, public sector and private clients. He has also been appointed to sit as an Inspector, to chair an Examination in Public of a Structure Plan and has assisted in the Planning Inspectorate’s internal training programmes. Eian Caws is a committee member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association.

Inquiries

Port gains approval in Thames Gateway

01/07/2007

Landmark barristers played a significant part in securing planning permission after years of delay for a major port scheme in the Thames Gateway.

The London Gateway scheme at Shellhaven will be comprised of up to seven container vessel berths and a roll-on-roll-off facility along 2.7km of the quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery in Thurrock.

Developer DP World plans to invest about 1.5 billion in the project over the next 10 to 15 years. Construction is planned to begin later this year, with the first occupiers being in place within 12 to 18 months and the port operational from 2010.

The port will provide 1,900 jobs, with thousands more in a logistics and business park next to the port. A public inquiry into the development was held in 2003. An inspector recommended conditions to mitigate the scheme’s impact, particularly on the roads network.

The government issued two letters of approval. No development could take place until its concerns over congestion were allayed, it insisted. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: “It has taken time to finalise this decision. But it was right to consider it carefully.”

Christopher Katkowski QC promoted and was instructed by MacFarlanes, David Forsdick represented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), David Smith represented the Treasury Solicitors, Eian Caws represented the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), Nathalie Lieven QC represented Transco (British Gas) and William Hicks QC and Matthew Reed represented BP Oil.

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Inquiries

Thames Gateway inquiry

01/06/2005

Landmark barristers played a significant part in securing planning permission after years of delay for a major port scheme in the Thames Gateway.

The London Gateway scheme at Shellhaven will be comprised of up to seven container vessel berths and a roll-on-roll-off facility along 2.7km of the quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery in Thurrock.

Developer DP World plans to invest about 1.5 billion in the project over the next 10 to 15 years. The port will provide 1,900 jobs, with thousands more in a logistics and business park next to the port. A public inquiry into the development was held in 2003. An inspector recommended conditions to mitigate the scheme’s impact, particularly on the roads network.

The government issued two letters of approval. No development could take place until its concerns over congestion were allayed, it insisted. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: “It has taken time to finalise this decision. But it was right to consider it carefully.”

Christopher Katkowski QC promoted and was instructed by MacFarlanes, David Forsdick represented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), David Smith represented the Treasury Solicitors, Eian Caws represented the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), Nathalie Lieven QC represented Transco (British Gas) and William Hicks QC and Matthew Reed represented BP Oil.

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Inquiries

Dibden Bay Deep Sea Container Terminal (Nov 2001 – Dec 2002)

01/12/2002

Major inquiry into new container port at Southampton. Ran from November 2001 to December 2002. Richard Drabble QC and Graeme Keen acted for New Forest DC and Hampshire CC, the principal opponents to the scheme. David Elvin QC and David Forsdick acted for RSPB. David Smith acted for Defence Estates/MOD.

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