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Alexander Campbell of Arden Chambers discusses on LexisPSL Local Government the interplay between housing duties and children’s services duties.

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Feb 08, 2018

High Court rejects challenge to lawfulness of Haringey development vehicle

A High Court judge has today dismissed a judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the procedures adopted by the London Borough of Haringey for the establishment of a controversial development vehicle.
Feb 07, 2018

Flexible and vulnerable workers to benefit from enhanced employment rights: PM

Employees are to get new rights to sickness and holiday pay, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
Feb 07, 2018

Review backs use of community protection notices over possessions of homeless

A review by Oxford City Council has supported its policy of using community protection notices (CPN) when piles of possessions are left by homeless people in public places.
Feb 07, 2018

Judges reject appeal by planning defendant over ‘impersonation’ in magistrates court

The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that a fine and a £4m-plus proceeds of crime order made over a planning case in Ealing should be overturned because the defendant was impersonated in the magistrates’ court.
Feb 06, 2018

Local authority and developer settle dispute over former council offices

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and a developer have settled a legal dispute over the fate of the former council offices.
Feb 06, 2018

Yorkshire housing association to set up legal services framework

A Yorkshire housing association with around 4,000 properties under management is to set up a four-year legal services framework.
Feb 02, 2018

Council claims legal first in use of POCA for safety and amenity regulation offences

The London Borough of Brent said this week that it has become the first council in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) against landlords for criminal offences linked to safety and amenity regulations. His Honour Recorder Rubin…
Jan 31, 2018

Borough council loses planning appeal over fate of its former offices

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has lost a planning appeal over the future of its former offices, but avoided a cost order being made against it.
Jan 31, 2018

Major housing provider names nine law firms to legal services framework

The Riverside Group, a social housing provider with more than 52,000 homes under management in England and Scotland, has appointed nine firms to a new, multi-million pound legal services framework agreement.
Jan 30, 2018

Borough council secures £70,000 fine for HMO offences

Luton Borough Council has secured its largest ever fine - £70,000 – for breaches of the law regarding houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

Features and analysis

The Agent of Change principle

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What are the implications of the 'Agent of Change' principle? Gareth Hughes explains.

Running with the land

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An imminent amendment to regulations will allow local planning authorities to facilitate development, writes Phillip Hopkins.

Making planning conditions great again!

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Jonathan Darby examines the law surrounding planning conditions, which has been consolidated over the past couple of years.

Carillion: implications for public contracts

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With the number of Carillion’s contracts with the government running into hundreds, Ruth Murray analyses on LexisPSL the impact of Carillion’s collapse on its public contracts and outlines the next steps that authorities should take.

What is a bedroom?

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A recent Upper Tribunal ruling on assessment of bedrooms could have a significant impact on stretched local housing authorities, writes Zishaan Saleem.

OAN and affordable housing

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The Court of Appeal has addressed the relationship between the objectively assessed need for housing and the need for affordable housing. Hereward Phillpot QC examines the outcome.

Selective licensing and company directors

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Alice Richardson examines a case where the director of a property management company fined for a failure to license a property, was prosecuted personally.

Neighbourhood plans bolstered

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A group of developers sought to challenge through the courts a written ministerial statement aimed at supporting neighbourhood plans. Richard Harwood QC analyses the outcome.

Post Carillion insolvency: what next

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The collapse of Carillion this week has thrown up a range of issues for local authorities and other public bodies. David Kilduff, James Mills and Kate Webster chart a way forward.

Ownership certificates and planning

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Nikki Fonseka explains the importance of correct ownership certificates in planning applications.

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