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HMO licensing and upfront fees

The Divisional Court has recently considered what a local authority can include in upfront fees for licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Jonathan Manning analyses the outcome.

News headlines

Aug 06, 2018

Council to investigate 2012 sale of housing estates to developer

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham last month passed a special motion backing a “full investigation” into a deal six years ago to sell to housing estates to a developer.
Aug 02, 2018

Court of Appeal rejects council bid to retake homelessness decision

A local authority cannot take a decision a second time other than in exceptional cases, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a homelessness case.
Aug 02, 2018

Government settles legal action over discrimination and Universal Credit rollout

The Government has settled a case of unlawful discrimination against two men with severe disabilities whose benefits were reduced when they moved from one local authority area to another and became required to claim Universal Credit.
Jul 27, 2018

Council defeats challenge to prioritisation of residents with 10 years in borough

A London borough has successfully defended a High Court challenge to the prioritisation under its housing allocation scheme of those people who have been resident in the borough for 10 years.
Jul 26, 2018

Court of Appeal to consider general circumstances of housing in district and PSED

The Court of Appeal was this week due to consider for the first time the interplay between legislation allowing local authorities to have regard to the general circumstances of housing in their district and the public sector equality duty, it has…
Jul 26, 2018

Judge refuses permission for challenge to district council HQ relocation plans

A High Court judge has this week refused permission for a judicial review of Warwick District Council’s plans to relocate its headquarters.
Jul 25, 2018

Planners slam England-only proposal for post-Brexit environmental watchdog

A government proposal for a post-Brexit environmental watchdog that only has jurisdiction for England is “deeply flawed”, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has warned.
Jul 25, 2018

Councils criticise delivery test as revised National Planning Policy Framework issued

Communities face “punishment” if developers fail to build enough homes in their areas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned after the Government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework.
Jul 24, 2018

Housing Associations Legal Alliance names 12 firms to £6.4m legal panel

The Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) has appointed 12 law firms to a new Solicitors panel worth £6.4m over four years.
Jul 23, 2018

Leading planning lawyer rejoins Ward Hadaway 25 years later

Frank Orr, a leading planning, compulsory purchase and regeneration lawyer, has rejoined Ward Hadaway more than two decades after completing his training with the firm.

Features and analysis

A new planning rulebook?

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Martin Edwards considers some of the key changes in the revised National Planning Policy Framework.

Minded-to letters and representations

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Are housing authorities required to specify in a “minded-to” letter that applicants may make representations to the reviewer orally at a face-to-face meeting? Robert Brown analyses a Court of Appeal ruling.

Setting of a listed building

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The Court of Appeal has set out general principles to be applied when considering the setting of listed buildings and the effect of developments. Jacqueline Lean sets out the key points.

Legal Aid in housing cases

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John Murray looks at a successful judicial review challenge to the government's proposed changes to legal aid and housing cases.

Bringing it home?

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John Pugh-Smith and Katie Scott consider conflict management and resolution, and analyse alternatives to litigation for local government.

Tribunals and interim relief

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What does a claimant have to prove to obtain an order for interim relief from the employment tribunal? Eleanor Boyd reports.

Selling off council property

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Rebecca Gilbert considers how councils can best approach the sale of their property assets.

Lack of succession rights and the HRA

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John Murray analyses a recent High Court case whereby a council successfully retained a possession order against a mother and son who suffered from a range of medical issues and resided in a three-bedroom property, but had no succession rights.

Long players: time and money

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Is there more that can be done to encourage timely resolution of issues that arise at planning application stage? Simon Ricketts investigates.

Habitats Regulations Assessments

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An ECJ ruling on Habitats Regulations Assessments is straight bananas, writes Roy Pinnock.

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