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Crichel Down Rules: new case law

A High Court case has offered new judicial guidance on the Crichel Down Rules that is of importance to local authorities and landowners. Patrick Robinson and Alex Minhinick set out the key points.

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Jul 02, 2018

Councils in UK “withheld just £32m over underperforming PFI deals” in 2017

Local authorities in the UK withheld only an estimated £32m on underperforming PFI contracts last year, it has been claimed.
Jun 26, 2018

Government to strengthen social value requirements after Carillion collapse

The Government will extend the requirement of the Public Services (Social Value) Act in central government to ensure that all major procurements explicitly evaluate social value, where appropriate, rather than just consider it, the Chancellor of the…
Jun 26, 2018

Council to seek legal advice on enforcing agreement with development partner

Birmingham City Council plans to obtain legal advice on the terms of an agreement with a development partner on a major construction project.
Jun 21, 2018

Judge dismisses contempt application against fourth defendant in tree felling case

A High Court judge has dismissed an application by Sheffield City Council to have a defendant, Paul Brooke, committed to prison for contempt of court for breaching an injunction in relation to the local authority’s controversial Streets Ahead…
Jun 21, 2018

Mayor of London to join legal action by councils over Heathrow expansion

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he will join the legal action being brought by a group of councils against Heathrow Airport expansion if Parliament votes in favour of a third runway next week.

Features and analysis

Imposing pre-commencement conditions

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Jane Linley looks at the effect of recently made regulations restricting local planning authorities from imposing pre-commencement conditions when granting planning permission.

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.

Older articles

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

Town council ordered to disclose contract with developer for sports complex sale

The First-tier Tribunal has upheld a decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office that required a town council to disclose a contract entered into more than five years ago with a developer over the multi-million pound sale of a sports complex.
May 25, 2018

Council re-opens hotel procurement but says legal claim was “scare tactic”

Bournemouth Borough Council has confirmed that it will reopen the procurement of a hotel development adjacent to the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), although it maintains that there is no basis for a claim made on behalf of two business with…
May 18, 2018

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.
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.
May 11, 2018

Screening and mitigation measures

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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.

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