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The absolute ground and reviews

The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling on the timescales for the absolute ground for possession. Tina Conlan reports.

News headlines

Oct 18, 2017

Major housing association chooses four sets of chambers for barristers framework

One of the largest housing associations in London and the South East, the Hyde Group, has appointed four sets of chambers to a four-year, multi-million pound barristers framework.
Oct 16, 2017

East of England housing body to appoint legal services provider to £800k contract

An East of England housing association is looking to appoint “an experienced professional organisation” to deliver legal services worth between £600,000 and £800,000 over up to five years.
Oct 13, 2017

Judge refuses judicial review of decision not to determine planning application

A council has welcomed a High Court judge’s refusal – following an oral hearing – to grant permission for a judicial review of the authority's decision not to determine a traveller’s planning application for a plot of land.
Oct 12, 2017

Hastoe Group takes membership of Housing Associations Legal Alliance to 15

Hastoe Group, which specialises in rural housing, has become the 15th housing association to join HALA, the Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance.
Oct 11, 2017

Housing watchdog to set up £1m panel for regulatory legal services

The Homes and Communities Agency has announced plans for a £1m framework agreement for the provision of regulatory advice.
Oct 11, 2017

City council takes Houses in Multiple Occupation case to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has granted Nottingham City Council permission to appeal after the Court of Appeal rejected the authority’s challenge to terms in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences restricting the occupation of bedrooms to a particular…
Oct 11, 2017

Government to review law on illegal gypsy and traveller sites

Ministers are to review the law on Gypsy and Traveller camps after a string of complaints from MPs about allegations of damage to open spaces caused by illegal encampments.
Oct 10, 2017

Housing association to procure £860k legal services panel

A Scottish housing association is to procure a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £860,000 over four years.
Oct 10, 2017

London borough discharged homelessness duty with Wolverhampton offer: judge

A court has ruled that the London Borough of Brent discharged its duty when it offered a disabled homeless applicant accommodation in Wolverhampton.
Oct 10, 2017

Tower block leaseholders win case over proposed £50,000 service charges

A group of leaseholders in a tower block have won a court case brought against Oxford City Council over a £50,000 service charge.

Features and analysis

Enforcement and certificates of lawfulness

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Phillip Hopkins examines some conundrums created by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to planning applications, enforcement notices and certificates of lawfulness of existing use or development.

The Planning Court on Grampian conditions

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A Planning Court judge has recently handed down an important ruling on Grampian conditions. Dalee Kaur and Rachel Holt analyse the outcome.

Public procurement after Brexit

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Simon Randall CBE has written a paper for the Society of Conservative Lawyers on public procurement after Brexit. Here he puts forward some of the key points.

Declining to determine planning applications

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The High Court has revisited the limits of a local planning authority’s powers to decline to determine planning applications where an existing enforcement notice is in place. Annabel Graham Paul analyses the ruling.

TPOs and compensation

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The Court of Appeal recently allowed a council's appeal over an Upper Tribunal judgment on tree preservation orders and compensation payable to a landowner. Claire Booth explains the outcome.

Listed buildings and statuary

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A judge has rejected a challenge to an inspector’s decision dismissing appeals against a listed building enforcement notice and the refusal of listed building consent for removal of two early 18th century piers and urns. John Hunter and Gary Grant explain why.

QOCS and multiple defendants

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A defendant against whom the claimant discontinued was not able to seek to enforce and ‘set-off’ its costs against the damages/interest paid to the claimant by the ‘unsuccessful’ defendants. Caroline Cousins reports.

Housing association constitutions

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Major changes are proposed to housing association constitutions. Matthew Waters reports on their likely impact, including in relation to councils.

Delays in the provision of housing

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A High Court judge has refused permission for a sex offender’s challenge to councils over delays in the provision of housing. Matt Hutchings QC explains why.

Concealment: the latest cases

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Steven Bell considers some of the issues raised by recent concealment cases, including one where a couple disguised a house as a garage.

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