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Selling off council property

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

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Jul 09, 2018

High Court quashes village green registration over 'trigger event'

The High Court has given what is reported to be the first ruling on a ‘trigger event’ for the purposes of town and village green registration.
Jul 03, 2018

Councils failing to make application forms for Disabled Facilities Grants freely available

Around half of local authorities in England are failing to make application forms for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) freely available, researchers at the School of Law at Leeds University have claimed.
Jun 07, 2018

Councils to be able to apply to establish new town development corporations

Councils will be able to set up locally accountable new town development corporations to promote new homes, Housing Minister Dominic Raab has said.
Jun 01, 2018

Town council ordered to disclose contract with developer for sports complex sale

The First-tier Tribunal has upheld a decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office that required a town council to disclose a contract entered into more than five years ago with a developer over the multi-million pound sale of a sports complex.
May 31, 2018

Judges uphold listing of field as asset of community value despite trespassing

An open space can be designated as an asset of community value even if its present use is one arising from trespass, the Court Of Appeal has said.

Features and analysis

Habitats Regulations Assessments

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

CIL infrastructure and planning

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The Court of Appeal has accepted the possibility of refusing planning permission for development which is unacceptable in the absence of CIL infrastructure. Richard Langham explains why.

Crichel Down Rules: new case law

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A High Court case has offered new judicial guidance on the Crichel Down Rules that is of importance to local authorities and landowners. Patrick Robinson and Alex Minhinick set out the key points.

Contract Law in the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court recently considered the use of non-oral modification terms in written agreements. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington examine the outcome.

Older articles

May 18, 2018

Imposing pre-commencement conditions

Jane Linley looks at the effect of recently made regulations restricting local planning authorities from imposing pre-commencement conditions when granting planning permission.
May 11, 2018

Publicly held land and village greens

The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment on use of publicly held land. Ashley Bowes, Jonathan Clay and Matthew Lewis consider the implications.
Apr 25, 2018

Judicial review challenge over fate of town hall ended: report

Local activists are said to have abandoned an attempt to take the London Borough of Haringey to judicial review over the future of Hornsey town hall.
Apr 20, 2018

CPO and compensation: key changes

Gary Soloman looks at a number of provisions relevant to compulsory acquisition in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016 that come into force on 6 April 2018.
Apr 16, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.
Apr 06, 2018

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.
Apr 06, 2018

Developer contributions: reforms

The regime for developer contributions is set to be reformed. Stephanie David examines the proposals in the government's consultation.
Apr 06, 2018

LAs and energy efficiency standards

An English local authority can add energy efficiency requirements to its local plan which exceed those of Building Regulations. David Browne explores the key points for local authorities.
Apr 05, 2018

Government launches review of law and powers to tackle unauthorised sites

The government has launched a review of the law and powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments.
Apr 04, 2018

RICS consults on Code for Leasing Business Premises to make legal drafting efficient

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a consultation on the Code for Leasing Business Premises.
Mar 29, 2018

Interpreting overage clauses

Overage continues to be a potential minefield. James Hall analyses the latest case on interpretation of a clause.
Mar 29, 2018

A new approach to viability

Rose Grogan examines the proposed changes in approach to viability in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and accompanying guidance.
Mar 28, 2018

Councils to be able to double council tax on homes left empty for 2+ years

Councils in England are to be allowed to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for two years or more, under new legislation unveiled by the government.
Mar 23, 2018

A change is gonna come

Simon Ricketts examines the issues that emerge when changes are sought to a major scheme with planning permission.
Mar 23, 2018

Approaches to the tilted balance

Josef Cannon reports on an inspector's approach to the ‘tilted balance’ in the National Planning Policy Framework, as the sun begins to set on paragraphs 14 and 49.
Mar 20, 2018

Court of Appeal backs decision to put neighbourhood plan to referendum

Leeds City Council did not act unlawfully when it put a neighbourhood plan to a referendum after modifications had been made that partly differed from those recommended by the examiner, the Court of Appeal has said.
Mar 16, 2018

Selective licensing and conditions

Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.
Mar 14, 2018

Property firm fails in legal action over refusal by council to sell site

Manchester City Council was not obliged to sell a site to a particular buyer simply because of an earlier planning decision, the High Court has found.
Mar 13, 2018

Government to allow more homes to be created from agricultural buildings

The Government is to change the number of homes that can be created under permitted development rights from existing agricultural buildings on a farm.
Mar 02, 2018

Land Registry to work with 26 councils on migrating local land charges records

HM Land Registry is work with 26 local authorities in England over the coming year to migrate their Local Land Charges (LLC) records to a centralised digital register.

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