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Continuing issues with CIL

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

News headlines

Jan 03, 2018

Labour leader reports all 19 Tory councillors to monitoring officer in planning leak row

The Labour Leader of Basildon Council has reported all 19 members of the Conservative Group to the council’s monitoring officer amid claims of a leak to a journalist of planning committee documents.
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

Judge upholds demolition of rectory and replacement with modern home

A High Court judge has upheld a decision by a council’s development committee to approve plans to demolish a rectory and replace it with a modern home.
Dec 20, 2017

Town council dissolves “clearly impotent” planning committee

A town council in Devon has this month decided to dissolve its planning, environment and transport committee, saying it was “clearly impotent” and risked misleading the public and misdirecting any concerns they had.
Dec 14, 2017

Council loses appeal over quashed permission and “unlawful” community donation

The Court of Appeal has rejected appeals by a council and a wind turbine developer over the quashing of a planning permission because the planning committee took into account a proposed donation to the community.

Features and analysis

SPDs and Local Plans

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

Material or non-material?

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Martin Edwards examines the difficulties around a local planning authority's power to approve non-material amendments to planning permissions.

Giving reasons for planning decisions

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Ned Westaway and Charlie Merrett consider the duty to give reasons for planning decisions in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent.

Air quality and development

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A High Court judge has recently handed down an important air quality judgment. Ashley Bowes looks at the implications for planning authorities, developers and those resisting development.

Older articles

Dec 06, 2017

Supreme Court rejects appeal by council over reasons for planning decision

The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a council’s appeal over the quashing of the grant of planning permission for a controversial residential development in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Dec 06, 2017

Council faces legal challenge to permission for new type of waste incinerator

Protesters have said they will take Derby City Council to judicial review after it gave planning permission for temporary use of a new type of waste incinerator.
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

Challenge over land in neighbourhood plan out of time, High Court rules

An objection to including land within a neighbourhood plan boundary cannot be taken to judicial review out of time, Kerr J has ruled in the High Court.
Dec 04, 2017

Law Commission calls for new planning code for Wales

A new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building and further protect heritage and the environment, says the Law Commission.
Dec 01, 2017

Air quality and development

A High Court judge has recently handed down an important air quality judgment. Ashley Bowes looks at the implications for planning authorities, developers and those resisting development.
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 30, 2017

Supreme Court to rule next week on adequacy of reasons in planning

The Supreme Court will next week hand down a key ruling on the correct legal standard to be applied in assessing the adequacy of reasons provided by local planning authorities when granting planning permission.
Nov 30, 2017

DCLG defeats challenge over failure to give reasons for not calling in scheme

A heritage group has lost a judicial review over an unannounced change in government policy on how it responds to requests to call in planning applications.
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

Ex-Lord Chief Justice clears officers and members at council over CPO powers

The former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Dyson, has cleared officers and members of Lewisham Council of impropriety following an inquiry into allegations about the local authority’s proposed use of compulsory purchase powers for land near Millwall…
Nov 27, 2017

Man jailed for breaching injunctions over unauthorised use of land

A Dorset man has been imprisoned for four months for contempt of court after he failed to comply with a number of injunction orders over his unauthorised use of land.
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 22, 2017

National park authority blasts fined farmer over “scurrilous” bribe claims

A national park authority has heavily criticised a farmer fined for breaching an enforcement notice issued in relation to a building known locally as the “giraffe house” over his claims in court that a senior planning officer had asked him for a…
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 20, 2017

Planning specialist Wigley moves from No5 to Landmark Chambers

Planning law and non-domestic rating specialist Jenny Wigley has joined Landmark Chambers from No5 Chambers.
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 16, 2017

Judge convicted of fraud over fake letters in support of planning applications

A solicitor and Deputy District Judge who submitted fictitious letters to a council in support of planning applications has been convicted of several fraud offences.
Nov 15, 2017

Permission for wharf scheme quashed over failure to consult on amendments

A judge has quashed planning permission given by the London Borough of Hackney for a major redevelopment on the Regent’s Canal.


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