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Long players: time and money

Is there more that can be done to encourage timely resolution of issues that arise at planning application stage? Simon Ricketts investigates.

News headlines

Jul 10, 2018

Judge refuses permission for legal challenge to Inner Temple planning permission

The High Court has refused permission for a judicial review of the Corporation of the City of London’s grant of planning permission for educational facilities in the Inner Temple Treasury Building, which involves the loss of the upper gallery of its…
Jul 10, 2018

Appeal judges back Welsh ministers over differences with planning policy in England

Planning is a devolved function in Wales and so differences exist and are likely to grow between policy there and in England, the Court of Appeal has noted in a case in which it upheld an inspector’s ruling.
Jul 09, 2018

Neighbour loses challenge to permission for poultry buildings in manure row

A local resident has lost a legal challenge over Shropshire Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the erection of four poultry buildings and associated development.
Jul 04, 2018

District council sees off High Court challenge to Local Plan

A Planning Court judge has dismissed a developer’s legal challenge to Epping Forest District Council’s decision to approve its Local Plan and submit the document to the Secretary of State Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent…
Jul 04, 2018

Developer sues county, leader and chief exec over handling of planning application

A property developer has launched legal proceedings against Northumberland County Council, its Leader Cllr Peter Jackson, Cllr John Riddle and its chief executive Daljit Lally over the handling of its planning application in relation to a proposed…

Features and analysis

Habitats Regulations Assessments

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

Pre-commencement conditions and consent

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From October, planning permission for the development of land may not be granted subject to pre-commencement conditions without agreement of the applicant. Cathryn Tracey and Gary Soloman report.

The SoS and previous appeal decisions

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the quashing of a planning permission because of the Secretary of State's failure to take into account an appeal decision of his own. Heather Sargent highlights the key aspects of the ruling.

Permissions and safety from JR

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In a somewhat controversial result, write Liz Dunn and Alex Minhinick, the High Court has quashed a planning permission as a result of a JR claim brought over five years’ ‘late’.

Older articles

Jun 25, 2018

Developers limiting supply of new homes in bid to maintain prices: Letwin

Developers are slowing the system for house building by limiting the number of new built homes that are released for sale at any one time, Sir Oliver Letwin has warned in a report.
Jun 22, 2018

The SoS and previous appeal decisions

The Court of Appeal has upheld the quashing of a planning permission because of the Secretary of State's failure to take into account an appeal decision of his own. Heather Sargent highlights the key aspects of the ruling.
Jun 22, 2018

Permissions and safety from JR

In a somewhat controversial result, write Liz Dunn and Alex Minhinick, the High Court has quashed a planning permission as a result of a JR claim brought over five years’ ‘late’.
Jun 20, 2018

Judge quashes permission for estate redevelopment over breach of equality duty

A High Court judge has quashed a council’s grant of planning permission for the demolition of up to 542 dwellings on a housing estate in Bath and their replacement with up to 700 dwellings, concluding that the local authority had breached the public…
Jun 20, 2018

Appeal judges uphold ruling on ministerial failure to take into account earlier decision

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was wrong to decide a planning appeal without referring to a decision he reached shortly before on a similar issue in the same area, the Court of Appeal has said.
Jun 20, 2018

Judge rules on planning fee refunds, extensions

A planning fee need not be refunded if an application is left undetermined after 26 weeks if a longer period for decision has been agreed between the parties, the High Court has said.
Jun 18, 2018

Council to challenge grant of planning permission for 350-home scheme

South Gloucestershire Council is to bring a legal challenge over a planning inspector’s decision to grant planning permission for a 350-home development in Thornbury.
Jun 15, 2018

Settlement hierarchies

A historic village has been protected from further housing development. David Lintott sets out some of the lessons from the planning inspector's decision.
Jun 15, 2018

CIL infrastructure and planning

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.
Jun 07, 2018

High Court quashes planning permission for care home expansion: report

The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home expansion granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council despite officers’ objections, it has been reported.
Jun 07, 2018

Council faces judicial review challenge over redevelopment plan and new HQ

Warwick District Council has been threatened with judicial review by a local campaign group over a redevelopment plan in Leamington Spa that would provide it with new offices.
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 06, 2018

High Court judge rejects bid for judicial review of major development in Essex

A High Court judge has dismissed an application for judicial review brought over a multi-million pound development on council-owned land in Essex.
Jun 01, 2018

V for victory?

So who did win the judicial review over the Mayor of London’s supplementary planning guidance? Simon Ricketts weighs the ruling up.
Jun 01, 2018

Dealing with incursions

Wendi Batteson of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council sets out some of the lessons learned from a recent planning enforcement case.
May 31, 2018

Judge quashes grant of planning permission for watersports hub

The Administrative Court has quashed Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council’s grant of planning permission for a watersports centre after finding that this changed from a facility for members to one for the public without proper notice to…
May 31, 2018

Council hits out after court rules in favour of barrister on home extension

The London Borough of Camden has deplored a judgment that a barrister resident in Hampstead need not remove an extension built onto his home without planning permission.
May 30, 2018

Prosecution over unauthorised vehicle repair business leads to £120k+ confiscation orders

Two companies that allowed an unauthorised vehicle repair business to be run without planning permission have been ordered to pay more than £120,000 under confiscation orders obtained by Wokingham Borough Council.
May 29, 2018

London borough secures its largest ever confiscation order for planning breaches

Islington Council has secured a confiscation order of £304,458 under the Proceeds of Crime Act against a property company which converted a single dwelling into five flats without planning permission.
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.

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