DCLG opens technical consultation on house building standards – OUT- LAW.com

‘The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) opened a consultation last week on a series of proposed changes to the existing system of housing standards, which seek to reduce and simplify the rules house builders must comply with.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th September 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Waterloo tower block ‘threatens view of Westminster’ – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2013 in building law, judicial review, news, planning by sally

“A judicial review is sought over plans for a tower block that critics say will harm views of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Making rights to light more transparent – Law Commission

Posted February 18th, 2013 in building law, consultations, news, right to light by sally

“In a consultation opening today the Law Commission is asking for views on the current law on rights to light, including their creation, enforcement and extinguishment.”

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Law Commission, 18th February 2013

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Meg Burgess wall death: Builder George Collier jailed – BBC News

“A builder has been given a two year jail term after a three-year-old girl died when she was crushed by a collapsing wall.”

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BBC News, 5th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jenson and another v Faux – WLR Daily

Posted April 15th, 2011 in building law, defective premises, law reports, statutory duty by sally

Jenson and another v Faux [2011] EWCA Civ 423;  [2011] WLR (D)  133

“A contractor who carried out works to a dwelling owed a duty under section 1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972 to see that the work was done in a workmanlike or professional manner. That duty was owed to the person for whom the works were carried out and the purchaser to whom that property was subsequently sold where the dwelling was new, or if refurbished or extended, it was wholly different from the old dwelling. The Act did not apply to improvements which did not sufficiently change the character of the property so as to amount to a new dwelling.”

WLR Daily, 13th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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People in rural villages to be allowed to build on green belt without planning permission – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2010 in bills, building law, news, planning by sally

“People living in rural communities will be able to give themselves the right to build on local green belt land without planning permission, under plans to be unveiled today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bath Spa: Council paid £4m compensation for delay – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2009 in building law, compensation, contracts, delay, news by sally

“Bath and North East Somerset Council was paid at least £4.17m in compensation for the delayed Bath Spa Project, its accounts have revealed.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Victory for anti-scald campaign – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2009 in building law, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

“A campaign to reduce injuries caused by scalding in the bath has brought about a change to building regulations.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council to sue £21m over Bath Spa – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2008 in building law, contracts, delay, news by sally

“Bath and North East Somerset Council is to sue a building firm for £21m after a luxury spa opened five years late.”

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BBC News, 15th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge slams Wembley dispute’s £22m costs total – The Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2008 in building law, contracts, costs, news by sally

“A judge has hit out at the participants involved in a four-year dispute over the construction of Wembley Stadium after they racked up £22m in costs, including £1m on photocopying.”

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The Lawyer, 6th October 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Law change call for bust builders – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2008 in building law, insolvency, news by sally

“Laws need to be tightened to ensure homeowners are not out of pocket when builders go bankrupt, the housing minister for Wales has said.”

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BBC News, 19th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reinwood Ltd v L Brown & Sons Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2008 in building law, contracts, law reports by sally

Reinwood Ltd v L Brown & Sons Ltd [2008] UKHL 12; WLR (D) 77

“Where under the JCT Standard Form of Building Contract, 1998 ed, Private with Quantities the architect granted the contractor an extension of time after the employer had served a withholding notice and paid under an interim certificate on the assumption that it had the right to rely on a non-completion certificate previously served, the grant of the extension of time did not deprive the employer of that right since it did not cancel the non-completion notice restrospectively.”

WLR Daily, 10th March 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Melville Dundas Ltd and Others v George Wimpey UK Ltd and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted May 8th, 2007 in building law, contracts, law reports by sally

Receivership prevents notice of intention from being given

Melville Dundas Ltd. and Others v. George Wimpey UK Ltd. and Others

House of Lords

“A provision that a party to a construction contract could not, unless he had given notice of intention to do so, withhold payment after the final date for payment of a sum due under the contract, did not apply to a lawful ground for withholding payment, such as the contractor going into receivership, when it was not possible for notice to have been given within the statutory time frame.”

The Times, 8th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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