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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.

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May 24, 2018

Council successfully applies for reconsideration of available amount under POCA

A local authority has successfully applied under section 22 of the Proceeds of Crime Act for the reconsideration of the available amount for breach of planning enforcement notices, it has been reported.
May 22, 2018

LGA concern at draft changes to National Planning Policy Framework

The Local Government Association has welcomed some “welcome and well-intentioned” changes to the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework and draft national planning practice guidance, but said the sector has also has a number of key…
May 18, 2018

Campaigners win judicial review over extension of materials recycling facility

A local campaign group has won a judicial review of an application to extend a materials recycling facility site in Wiltshire.
May 18, 2018

Council wins appeal over temporary planning permission for Gypsy caravan site

The Court of Appeal has overturned a judicial review finding against Flintshire County Council over temporary provision of a Gypsy caravan site.
May 15, 2018

Chief Planner warns local planning authorities on GDPR and data protection

The Chief Planner has written to local planning authorities (LPAs) to remind them of the importance of complying with their data protection responsibilities when they exercise their planning functions.

Features and analysis

Viability and affordable housing

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A High Court judge has given an important judgment on viability and affordable housing in London. Tim Buley examines the ruling.

Screening and mitigation measures

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A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union will have implications for all nationally significant infrastructure and other projects that could affect protected environmental sites, writes Angus Walker.

Exercising delegated authority in planning

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A parish council recently enjoyed success in a legal challenge over a purported exercise of delegated authority. Meyric Lewis explains how.

CPO and compensation: key changes

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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.

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May 04, 2018

Exercising delegated authority in planning

A parish council recently enjoyed success in a legal challenge over a purported exercise of delegated authority. Meyric Lewis explains how.
May 03, 2018

Date set for Court of Appeal case on lack of reasons for refusal to call in scheme

The Court of Appeal will on 19 July hear Save Britain’s Heritage’s challenge over the refusal of then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, to give reasons for not calling in the Paddington Cube scheme, it has been…
May 03, 2018

Landmark Chambers unveils plans for Birmingham launch

Landmark Chambers, the specialist set for planning and infrastructure, property, environmental and public law, is to launch a new office in the centre of Birmingham in early July
Apr 30, 2018

Council wins High Court battle over viability and amount of affordable housing

A Planning Court judge has ruled in favour of the London Borough of Islington in a long-running dispute over a major development which it has said will provide insufficient affordable homes.
Apr 25, 2018

Planning decision errors see council lose Court of Appeal battle over retail store

Errors in a planning decision by the London Borough of Lambeth have seen it lose a Court of Appeal case over how a large retail store in Streatham may be used.
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 19, 2018

Council wins permission for judicial review over shortfall in sites for travellers

Swale Borough Council has won permission to take the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to judicial review over a dispute concerning whether the borough has sufficient Travellers’ sites.
Apr 13, 2018

Mineral extraction in the Green Belt

The Court of Appeal finds that visual effects must be considered when assessing whether openness is preserved, write Peter Village QC and Ned Helme.
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 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 05, 2018

Judges rule on meaning of ‘isolated’ homes and National Planning Policy Framework

The term ‘isolated’ has its ordinary meaning in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and needs no over-interpretation, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Apr 03, 2018

Developer wins permission for judicial review of approval of local plan by district

A property developer has won permission for a judicial review challenge to a district council’s decision to approve its local plan for publication and submission to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent…
Apr 03, 2018

Court of Appeal backs council in latest stage of QPR training ground dispute

Opponents of a planned development by Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club have lost an appeal against an earlier court ruling that they had no grounds on which to challenge the London Borough of Ealing’s grant of planning permission.
Mar 29, 2018

Agents of Change

Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.
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 27, 2018

Chief Planner and experts sent in to three councils over local plan delays

The Chief Planner and a team of experts are to be sent in to three councils to assess if the government needs to take over the process of producing the local plan, it has been announced.
Mar 27, 2018

Failure to weigh benefits of new school sees decision by inspector quashed

A planning inspector gave insufficient weight to the benefits a school to be provided by a developer would bring to a locality, the High Court has said.
Mar 27, 2018

High Court quashes planning permission issued six years ago

Planning permission issued in error by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council six years ago has been quashed by the High Court.
Mar 26, 2018

Planning lawyer Bell joins Birketts as senior associate

Planning and environmental law specialist Steven Bell has joined law firm Birketts as a Senior Associate after more than 16 years in local 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.

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