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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.

News headlines

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.
Feb 28, 2018

Appeal to be submitted this week in Haringey development vehicle case

An appeal is to be submitted this week over the High Court’s dismissal of a high-profile legal challenge to the London Borough of Haringey’s proposed development vehicle.
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.

Features and analysis

Fire safety costs and leaseholders

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Zishaan Saleem reports on the first tribunal ruling on cladding and fire safety measures in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Installing barriers on public highways

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LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Laura Hughes of Browne Jacobson, deals with the question of the powers available to a local authority when installing gates or barriers on public highways.

Service of statutory notices

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Are the prescribed methods of service of statutory notices exhaustive? Brendon Lee considers the key issues.

Peters v Haringey and the LLP debate

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The High Court's ruling on a controversial Haringey Council regeneration scheme has some important lessons for local authorities considering similar projects, write Alex Kynoch and Karl Edwards.

Older articles

Jan 12, 2018

Ownership certificates and planning

Nikki Fonseka explains the importance of correct ownership certificates in planning applications.
Jan 11, 2018

Land and investment agency replaces Homes and Communities Agency

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the Government this week as the replacement to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Jan 10, 2018

Residents association in judicial review challenge over estate redevelopment

A residents’ association in Bath is to bring a judicial review challenge of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s decision to approve the redevelopment of their housing estate.
Jan 02, 2018

Research finds low take-up by councils of empty dwelling management orders

Only one in 13 councils in England and Wales have made use of empty dwelling management orders (EMDOs) in the last five years, research by the Liberal Democrats has found.
Dec 20, 2017

London Mayor refuses permission for major scheme over loss of affordable homes

The Mayor of London has refused permission for an estate regeneration project in Barnet which he said would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes.
Dec 20, 2017

Developer nets injunction preventing council from presenting winding up petition

A developer has secured a final injunction from the High Court preventing Liverpool City Council from presenting or advertising a winding up petition.
Dec 15, 2017

Continuing issues with CIL

Christopher Cant analyses some of the thorny issues thrown up by regime for the Community Infrastructure Levy.
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 01, 2017

Fresh developments in the ACV regime

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.
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 24, 2017

The district heat billing hiatus

Are you waiting for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to issue an update relating to the installation of final customer meters for district heat networks? Maxim Laithwaite provides a quick reminder of the current…
Nov 10, 2017

Law Society issues new model leases to simplify commercial property transactions

The Law Society has issued new short form model leases aimed at streamlining commercial property negotiations and finding a fair balance between landlord and tenant.
Nov 10, 2017

Challenge to CPO dismissed

The High Court has dismissed a statutory challenge to a compulsory purchase order. George Mackenzie looks at the judge’s approach.
Oct 27, 2017

Making demands for a service charge

A recent Court of Appeal case demonstrates how care is needed when making demands for a service charge, writes Sian Evans.
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.
Oct 06, 2017

TPOs and compensation

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.
Oct 06, 2017

Listed buildings and statuary

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…
Oct 04, 2017

PM calls for “new generation of council houses” as extra £2bn made available

The Government will get “back into the business of building houses” with councils as well as housing associations encouraged to bid for an additional £2bn in affordable housing, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Conservative Party Conference in…
Sep 22, 2017

Housing needs: assessed or assumed?

The new draft methodology to be used by English local planning authorities for determining their level of housing need is deceptively simple, writes Simon Ricketts. Is it indeed too simple?
Sep 20, 2017

Law Society and Land Registry issue joint note on property and title fraud

The Law Society and HM Land Registry have issued a joint advice note on property and title fraud amid concerns that recorded incidents are rising.


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