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SPDs and Local Plans

A recent High Court ruling has some important lessons as to what can and cannot be contained in supplementary planning documents, writes Roy Pinnock.

News headlines

Jan 02, 2018

Tenant management organisation hands back housing to Kensington & Chelsea

The Board of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) last month unanimously agreed to hand back management of housing to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the latest move in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower…
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.
Jan 02, 2018

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April

Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Dec 29, 2017

Housing group names 13 firms to £200m legal services framework

Hyde Housing Association has named 13 law firms to a legal services framework worth up to an estimated £200m.
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

Ombudsman finds fault in seven out of ten homelessness complaints

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found fault in 70% of complaints about homelessness it investigated in detail in 2016/17.
Dec 14, 2017

Government policy on rough sleeping by EEA nationals unlawful: High Court

The Government’s policy of treating rough sleeping by EEA nationals as an abuse of EU treaty rights, rendering the individuals liable to removal if proportionate to do so, is unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.

Features and analysis

Norton your nelly!

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

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.

The district heat billing hiatus

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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 position regarding the regulations and in particular the cost effectiveness and technical feasibility tool.

Older articles

Dec 11, 2017

Human rights watchdog launches inquiry into Grenfell Tower tragedy

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an inquiry into the human rights and equality dimensions of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saying it would determine if the State is fulfilling its duties under human rights and equality law.
Dec 08, 2017

Norton your nelly!

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

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.
Nov 30, 2017

Council concern at impact of High Court ruling quashing housing mix policy

A High Court ruling that quashed Charnwood Borough Council’s new housing mix policy may have reduced the scope for authorities to produce supplementary planning documents, the council has claimed.
Nov 29, 2017

Ombudsman tells council to pay compensation over forcible eviction by landlord

Maidstone Borough Council should pay compensation to a homeless family of £4,170 after it accepted their forcible eviction at short notice from temporary accommodation, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said.
Nov 24, 2017

District wins first ever judicial review challenge to decision of planning inspector

Tendring District Council has won its first ever judicial review challenge over a decision of a planning inspector.
Nov 24, 2017

Local Plan interventions

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.
Nov 24, 2017

Housing associations and reclassification

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.
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 21, 2017

Home Office faces High Court hearing over policy on rough sleeping EEA nationals

The High Court is today [21 November] set to begin hearing a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy towards rough sleeping EEA nationals.
Nov 21, 2017

Retirement home developers in judicial review of guidance from Mayor of London

A group of retirement housing developers have applied for judicial review of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s affordable housing supplementary planning guidance.
Nov 17, 2017

Javid kickstarts intervention process against 15 councils over lack of local plan

The Government has begun the formal process of considering intervention into 15 local authorities that have failed to produce a local plan.
Nov 17, 2017

Supreme Court rejects appeal by Zambrano carer over provision

The Supreme Court has this week rejected a claim that the denial of mainstream welfare and housing provision to a Zambrano carer and her child was unlawful.
Nov 17, 2017

EU nationals and the immigration tribunal

Families of EU nationals have won a court battle for a right of appeal. Rajiv Sharma explains the Court of Appeal's ruling.
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.
Nov 10, 2017

"Up to 6" does not meet 5

The Court of Appeal quashed a Somerset planning permission, in a case concerning the correct interpretation of a development plan policy. Stephen Whale explains why.
Nov 09, 2017

Injunction granted over policy of landlord to ban Indian and Pakistani tenants

A landlord’s policy of banning Indian and Pakistani tenants was unlawful, a county court has ruled in a case brought by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Nov 09, 2017

Supreme Court to rule next week on regulations on Zambrano carers

The Supreme Court will next week hand down an important judgment on the lawfulness of the regulations governing Zambrano carers and benefits.

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