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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.

News headlines

May 14, 2018

Supreme Court to hear case on community benefit fund as material consideration

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal over whether a local planning authority was entitled to take into account as a material consideration the offer of a community benefit fund donation, it has been reported.
Apr 26, 2018

Council hit with procurement and public law challenge over hotel funding decision

Two hotel groups have threatened Bournemouth Borough Council with a public law and public procurement challenge over its decisions earlier this year to approve the funding of the construction of a hotel on the site adjacent to Bournemouth…
Apr 26, 2018

Browne Jacobson advises city council on funding for £58m skills hub

Browne Jacobson has advised Nottingham City Council on a £18m loan facility to fund the construction of a flagship £58m skills hub for Nottingham College.
Apr 23, 2018

Government department appoints law firm to advise on Heat Networks guidance

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has appointed law firm Womble Bond Dickinson to advise on guidance for Heat Networks projects.
Mar 28, 2018

District invites tender for legal services on its “biggest project for decades”

Chichester District Council is inviting organisations to tender for the provision of legal services for a major development site in the city.

Features and analysis

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.

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.

Developer contributions: reforms

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The regime for developer contributions is set to be reformed. Stephanie David examines the proposals in the government's consultation.

A change is gonna come

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Simon Ricketts examines the issues that emerge when changes are sought to a major scheme with planning permission.

Older articles

Mar 15, 2018

Walker Morris strengthens infrastructure and renewable energy practice with Bradley hire

Walker Morris has bolstered its Energy, Infrastructure & Government Team with the appointment of Victoria Bradley as a Director.
Mar 12, 2018

Leeds to offer £500k contract for legal advice on HS2 Growth Strategy

Leeds City Council is to hire a provider for a £500,000 contract to deliver multi-disciplinary legal support on the Leeds City Region HS2 Growth Strategy and associated projects.
Mar 01, 2018

Brussels updates guide on common errors in public procurement of projects

The European Commission has published an updated guide intended to help public officials avoid the most frequent errors and adopt best practices in public procurement of projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and…
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 23, 2018

Isle of Wight appoints Bevan Brittan for waste and PFI contract work

The Isle of Wight Council has appointed law firm Bevan Brittan to give waste and PFI contract support and advice.
Feb 23, 2018

The Company Sec in local government

As commercialisation grows, Azhar Ghose outlines the increasing importance of the Company Secretary role within local authorities and offers some tips on how it can be performed.
Feb 22, 2018

Council wins Court of Appeal battle over interpretation of £2.7bn PFI contract

Birmingham City Council has won an appeal over the correct interpretation of its £2.7bn highways PFI contract with Amey.
Feb 16, 2018

Peters v Haringey and the LLP debate

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.
Feb 16, 2018

What if? Reflections on Carillion's collapse

V. Charles Ward looks at the implications for public procurement of the collapse of Carillion.
Feb 12, 2018

Council to procure legal services for aquatic centre for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has launched the procurement of legal services for a £60m aquatic centre that will be constructed for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Feb 09, 2018

Council defeats challenge to grant of permission for energy from waste plants

A legal challenge to a council committee’s grant of planning permission for the construction of two plants to recover energy from waste has been dismissed.
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.
Feb 02, 2018

Carillion: implications for public contracts

With the number of Carillion’s contracts with the government running into hundreds, Ruth Murray analyses on LexisPSL the impact of Carillion’s collapse on its public contracts and outlines the next steps that authorities should take.
Jan 25, 2018

Traders crowd fund legal challenge over demolition of market

Traders in a mainly Latin American market have launched a crowd funding campaign to try to prevent its demolition.
Jan 19, 2018

Post Carillion insolvency: what next

The collapse of Carillion this week has thrown up a range of issues for local authorities and other public bodies. David Kilduff, James Mills and Kate Webster chart a way forward.
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 05, 2018

Council tells M&S to honour “legally binding contract” for £80m redevelopment

Rochdale Borough Council has said it fully expects M&S to honour what the authority says is a legally binding contract to be the anchor tenant in a £80m regeneration scheme.
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 08, 2017

Running local authority trading companies

When it comes to local authority trading companies, who should be involved? Members, officers, others? Rob Hann reports.

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