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The Court of Appeal has rejected a starter tenant's policy-breach complaints. Dean Underwood explains why.

News headlines

Dec 06, 2017

Supreme Court rejects appeal by council over reasons for planning decision

The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a council’s appeal over the quashing of the grant of planning permission for a controversial residential development in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Dec 05, 2017

Ministers consult on regulations for New Town Development Corporations

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on regulations for locally led New Town Development Corporations.
Dec 04, 2017

Family with no recourse to public funds wins judicial review battle with council

Milton Keynes Council failed to properly consider an application for help with housing by a family without recourse to public funds.
Dec 04, 2017

Challenge over land in neighbourhood plan out of time, High Court rules

An objection to including land within a neighbourhood plan boundary cannot be taken to judicial review out of time, Kerr J has ruled in the High Court.
Dec 04, 2017

DCLG in call for evidence on local authority licensing of park homes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a call for evidence on how effective local authority licensing of park homes has been.
Dec 04, 2017

Law Commission calls for new planning code for Wales

A new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building and further protect heritage and the environment, says the Law Commission.
Dec 01, 2017

Council defeats challenge to decision to add 34 footpaths to definitive map

A county council has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to a committee decision authorising the making of a statutory order which, subject to confirmation, would add at least 34 footpaths and a bridleway to the definitive map and…
Nov 30, 2017

Submission of planning CPOs fell by 30% in 2016: research

Submissions of planning compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) decreased by 30% in 2016, research by Womble Bond Dickinson has found.
Nov 30, 2017

Supreme Court to rule next week on adequacy of reasons in planning

The Supreme Court will next week hand down a key ruling on the correct legal standard to be applied in assessing the adequacy of reasons provided by local planning authorities when granting planning permission.
Nov 30, 2017

DCLG defeats challenge over failure to give reasons for not calling in scheme

A heritage group has lost a judicial review over an unannounced change in government policy on how it responds to requests to call in planning applications.

Features and analysis

Giving reasons for planning decisions

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Ned Westaway and Charlie Merrett consider the duty to give reasons for planning decisions in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent.

Air quality and development

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A High Court judge has recently handed down an important air quality judgment. Ashley Bowes looks at the implications for planning authorities, developers and those resisting development.

Supply chain sustainability

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LexisPSL, in partnership with Simon Garbett, Ian Skinner and Sarah Rathke of Squire Patton Boggs, examine how authorities can ensure sustainable supply chains.

Fresh developments in the ACV regime

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The flow of interesting points on the Assets of Community Value regime continues, with recent appeal decisions before the FTT considering a number of important aspects of the regime, writes Christopher Cant.

Short term gain; long term pain?

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Philip Woolham looks at incentivising employees to leave public sector pensions.

Local Plan interventions

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The Communities Secretary recently announced the first 15 local authorities to face potential intervention for failing to produce a Local Plan. Simon Ricketts looks at the issues this raises.

Housing associations and reclassification

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Do housing associations still exercise “public functions”? Andy Lane looks at the impact of the reclassification of registered providers as private rather than public bodies.

EU nationals and the immigration tribunal

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Families of EU nationals have won a court battle for a right of appeal. Rajiv Sharma explains the Court of Appeal's ruling.

The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

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John Schmitt sets out and discusses the newly in force Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims, which applies to public bodies - amongst others - claiming payment from an individual.

Concurrent delay conundrum conquered

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The TCC has just resolved a longstanding conflict between two competing principles of construction law, deciding that the “prevention principle” doesn’t stop clients placing the whole risk of concurrent delay on their contractor. Emily Aldridge reports.


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