High Court critical of Pickles’ approach to neighbourhood planning appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 13th, 2015 in appeals, news, planning by tracey

‘The High Court has allowed an appeal against the decision of outgoing communities secretary Eric Pickles to block a 120-home development in a West Sussex village after Pickles was found to have placed too much weight on the policies of an emerging neighbourhood plan and failed properly to justify his decision in line with government planning policy.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th May 2015

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Local authorities and judicial review: they should not put their heads completely in the sands – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 7th, 2015 in costs, judicial review, local government, news, planning, trials by sally

‘Out of what some may think to be an everyday spat between the Co-Op (existing supermarket) and an out-of-town supermarket proposer, comes a salutary reminder from Singh J that local authorities cannot behave like private litigants when they are judicially reviewed. Different rules apply.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th May 2015

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Judge upholds ACV listing of green belt site – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 6th, 2015 in environmental protection, news, planning, tribunals by sally

‘A First-Tier Tribunal judge has dismissed a challenge by developer Banner Homes to the listing of a 4.83 hectare site by St Albans City and District Council as an asset of community value (ACV).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th May 2015

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Moore v Secretary of State: The Consequences for Gypsy and Traveller Planning –

‘Charmaine Moore a Romani Gypsy and a single mother of 3 dependent children. She and one of her daughters are disabled. She owns and occupies land in the London Borough of Bromley. In 2010 she applied for planning permission to live on her land. That application has still to be determined finally. The application was a modest one “change of use – private Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Site comprising pitch, accommodating one mobile home and one touring caravan”. She has never sought more.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 24th April 2015

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Two key changes to familiar three letter acronyms – EIA and CIL – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in EC law, environmental health, legislation, news, planning by sally

‘As the planning world turns its attention to the upcoming election and wonders what the future holds post 7 May 2015, it would be wise not to overlook the significance of today: 6 April. Two notable changes to environmental and planning law came into force this morning and they will be likely significantly to impact large development proposals across the country. They may, in turn, become the subject of litigation in the future. I discuss each below.’

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39 Essex Chambers, April 2015

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High Court rejects challenge to Nottinghamshire joint strategy approach to green belt boundaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 29th, 2015 in environmental protection, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a parish council’s challenge to the joint planning strategy of several Nottinghamshire local authorities after finding that the correct approach had been taken to the proposed alteration of green belt boundaries.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th April 2015

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‘All creatures’ mansion owner admits illegal changes – BBC News

Posted April 28th, 2015 in costs, news, planning by sally

‘A property developer has admitted making illegal alterations to a Monmouthshire house that is said to have inspired the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2015

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Law changed so nuclear waste dumps can be forced on local communities – The Guardian

‘Nuclear waste dumps can be imposed on local communities without their support under a new law rushed through in the final hours of parliament.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2015

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New PD rights and deemed discharge of planning conditions to be introduced in April – OUT-LAW.com

‘Several new types of existing buildings will be able to be converted into homes without full planning permission from 15 April under UK planning reforms that will also introduce the “deemed discharge” of certain planning conditions.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st March 2015

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Top 10 Planning and Environmental Cases of 2014-2015 – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 19th, 2015 in appeals, enforcement, environmental protection, housing, news, planning by sally

‘This paper is intended to provide a focused update in relation to the most significant cases within the last twelve months of interest to those practicing in the area of environmental and planning law. In relation to each of the cases, the paper sets out asummary of the pertinent facts, the key issues decided by the case, together with some reflections on the legal and practical implications of the decisions.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Regina (Hourhope Ltd) v Shropshire Council – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2015 in building law, law reports, local government, planning by tracey

Regina (Hourhope Ltd) v Shropshire Council: [2015] EWHC 518 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 100
‘The relevant question for determining whether the demolition deduction applied for the purposes of regulation 40 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 was whether the building was in actual lawful use at the material time and not whether there was a lawful use to which it could have been put.’

WLR Daily, 2nd March 2015

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M4 relief road for Newport challenged in court – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2015 in environmental protection, news, planning, roads, Wales by tracey

‘Friends of the Earth Cymru wants a judge to examine how ministers decided to press ahead with the 14-mile new stretch of motorway around Newport.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2015

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Speech by HHJ Jarman: Administrative Court in Wales – Challenges and Opportunities – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘His Honour Judge Jarman QC gave a speech “Administrative Court in Wales: Challenges and Opportunities” at Swansea University on 19 November 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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Speech by Mr Justice Hickinbottom: Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘The Hon Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave a speech at The First Administrative Court in Wales Lecture on “Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution” on 20 February 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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Lawson Buildings Ltd and others v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another – WLR Daily

Posted March 4th, 2015 in appeals, law reports, local government, planning, retrospectivity by sally

Lawson Buildings Ltd and others v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another [2015] EWCA Civ 122; [2015] WLR (D) 86

‘It was implicit in the terms of sections 73 and 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended, that in an appropriate case a planning authority considering an application under section 73 for planning permission to proceed with a development without complying with conditions attached to an existing permission might grant, under section 73A, retrospective planning permission for a development already carried out, subject to conditions imposed under section 70. There might be some unusual circumstance that would require the inspector to forewarn the applicant that he was minded to act under section 73A.’

WLR Daily, 25th February 2015

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High Court dismisses landowners’ challenge to Tottenham Hotspur FC stadium CPO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 24th, 2015 in compulsory purchase, local government, news, planning, public interest, sport by sally

‘The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the land acquisition order that will allow Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) to complete the redevelopment of the site of its north London stadium, according to reports.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd February 2015

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Regina (Wingrove) v Stratford-on-Avon District Council – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in enforcement notices, law reports, local government, planning, retrospectivity by sally

Regina (Wingrove) v Stratford-on-Avon District Council [2015] EWHC 287 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 65

‘The wide discretionary power to refuse to determine a retrospective planning application for development subject to an enforcement notice under section 70C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 was intended to provide local planning authorities with a tool to prevent such applications being used to delay enforcement action being taken against development. An applicant’s motive to use a retrospective application to cause such delay would clearly be a consideration in favour of a decision to invoke that discretion.’

WLR Daily, 12th February 2015

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Councillor wins procurement judicial review over £165m city centre scheme – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 17th, 2015 in appeals, EC law, judicial review, local government, news, planning, public procurement by sally

‘A councillor at Winchester City Council has won a High Court judicial review challenge over the local authority’s decision to adopt an updated scheme for a £165m city centre redevelopment without conducting a procurement exercise.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th February 2015

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Legal challenge over London garden bridge plans – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2015 in consultations, London, news, planning by sally

‘A legal challenge is being launched in the high court against plans to build the garden bridge over the river Thames.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2015

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Judge rules that Mr Pickles unlawfully discriminated against Gypsies and Travellers – Garden Court Chambers Blog

‘Marc Willers QC explores the recent High Court judgment in which it was found that the conduct of Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, constituted indirect discrimination against Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 12th February 2015

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