Report recommends improvements to English planning appeals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 15th, 2019 in appeals, case management, delay, inquiries, local government, news, planning by sally

‘An independent review of the planning appeal process in England and Wales has made 22 recommendations, aimed at halving the time taken for an appeal by June 2020.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th February 2019

Source: www.out-law.com

Court of Appeal reinforces strict six-week planning challenge time limit – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 14th, 2019 in appeals, limitations, news, planning, time limits by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has refused to extend the six-week statutory time limit for challenging a planning inspector’s decision, in a case where the individual had been prevented from filing on the day of the deadline.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th February 2019

Source: www.out-law.com

Councils given new powers to block phone boxes being built – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2019 in local government, news, planning, telecommunications by sally

‘New phone boxes will be blocked from being built by councils for first time, following a landmark ruling from the High Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Planning appeal decisions could be cut by 5 months – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Posted February 12th, 2019 in appeals, delay, housing, planning, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Independent review says the average time to decide a planning appeal inquiry could be slashed from 47 to 26 weeks.’

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Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government , 12th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-housing-communities-and-local-government

Anti-fracking campaigner loses challenge over refusal by inspector to adjourn – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaigner against fracking has failed in a High Court claim that a planning inspector’s refusal to adjourn an inquiry was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Dalek shed museum faces extermination over planning rules – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2019 in listed buildings, news, planning by tracey

‘A family-run science fiction museum may be exterminated because a Dalek display does not comply with planning regulations.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

City council concedes defeat after judge quashes open land planning permissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in listed buildings, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Mayor of Liverpool has said the city council will accept a High Court ruling quashing its grant of planning permissions for a scheme including the building on an area of open land of 39 new dwellings and the conversion of a historic house into 12 apartments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st January 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘I feel conned’: garden bridge donors plan to sue over failed scheme – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2018 in charities, news, planning, repayment by sally

‘The charity behind London’s garden bridge project faces being sued by wealthy donors who fear their money might not be returned even after the much-criticised scheme collapsed, with a loss to taxpayers of almost £50m.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK fracking policy faces court challenges – The Guardian

‘Ministers face a pair of legal challenges to their planning rules on fracking this week, from a national environmental group and the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Thea Osmund-Smith successful in High Court – No. 5 Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in assets of community value, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Judgment was recently handed down in West Oxfordshire District Council v (1) Secretary of State for Housing Communites and Local Government (2) Rosconn Strategic Land Limited [2018] EWHC 3065 (Admin).’

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No. 5 Chambers, 6th December 2018

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High Court rules that Mineral Planning Authorities are not bound by statutory definition of fracking and can apply their own wider definitions – Garden Court Chambers

‘Councillor Paul Andrews was seeking permission at the High Court on 5 November 2018 to judicially review the Government’s decision to issue a written ministerial statement (WMS) on 17 May 2018 regarding the way in which local authorities should determine planning applications for fracking operations.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 6th November 2018

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

Parish fails in High Court challenge to permissions for 229 homes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2018 in housing, local government, news, notification, planning by sally

‘East Bergholt Parish Council has failed in a High Court challenge to decisions by Babergh District Council to grant planning permissions for 229 new homes in the Suffolk village.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Rogue landlord in Harrow faces jail if he doesn’t pay £1.5m fine – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2018 in fines, landlord & tenant, news, planning by sally

‘A rogue landlord who illegally carved up family homes to create cramped bedsits and charged tenants hundreds of pounds a month is facing prison unless he pays what is believed to be a record £1.5m penalty for breaking planning laws.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

High Court: inspector entitled to approve revision to planning condition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2018 in energy, local government, news, planning, statutory interpretation by sally

‘A planning inspector did not exceed her authority when she granted permission to a wind turbine developer to build larger turbines than those provided for in the original planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Law Commission launches reforms to planning law in Wales – Law Commission

Posted December 4th, 2018 in Law Commission, planning, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘The Law Commission has published a wide-ranging report proposing over 190 technical reforms to planning law as it applies in Wales. This will hopefully lead to the appearance of a new Planning Act, as the centrepiece of a new Planning Code for Wales.’

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Law Commission, 3rd December 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Owner of Grade II listed house loses appeal over removal of limestone piers – Local Government Lawyer

‘Being on the register of listed buildings is enough to give a structure protection and its validity cannot be challenged in disputes over enforcement, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

London borough secures £450k confiscation over ‘beds in sheds’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘Ealing Council has obtained a confiscation order of nearly £450,000 against a landlord who ignored enforcement notices over ‘beds in sheds’ at one of her rental properties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Council decides to block new cafe from opening in empty shop because it has too many coffee shops – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 15th, 2018 in competition, complaints, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘Coffee shop fatigue in a coastal town has resulted in a council blocking a new cafe from opening in a store left empty for a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Unauthorised works to listed building sees owner ordered to pay £80k – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 9th, 2018 in injunctions, listed buildings, monuments, news, planning, prosecutions by tracey

‘Horsham District Council and Historic England have successfully prosecuted a landowner for unauthorised works to a listed building and scheduled monument.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Council defeats High Court challenge over adoption of policies in Local Plan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 7th, 2018 in housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A Deputy High Court Judge has rejected a legal challenge to Waverley Borough Council’s adoption of certain policies in its Local Plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk