PLT Masthead 430

Masthead Local Govt - Property

Supreme Court Main Entrance 03521C press office supplied  146x219

Contract Law in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court recently considered the use of non-oral modification terms in written agreements. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington examine the outcome.

News headlines

May 23, 2018

Council "did not have vires to lease part of common to pre-school nursery"

The London Borough of Wandsworth did not have the vires to lease premises situated on a common to a private pre-school operator, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
May 09, 2018

Group crowd funds for legal challenge over building of school on playing fields

A crowdfunding campaign has raised £3,700 to engage law firm Irwin Mitchell in a dispute over a plan to build a school on playing fields at Rokeby, near Rugby.
May 04, 2018

Decision to register playing fields as village green unlawful: judge

A High Court judge has upheld a legal challenge by a school in Bristol and indicated that he will quash a council committee’s decision to register land as a village green.
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 25, 2018

Judicial review challenge over fate of town hall ended: report

Local activists are said to have abandoned an attempt to take the London Borough of Haringey to judicial review over the future of Hornsey town hall.

Features and analysis

Publicly held land and village greens

Right of Way 34826038 s
The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment on use of publicly held land. Ashley Bowes, Jonathan Clay and Matthew Lewis consider the implications.

CPO and compensation: key changes

Projects portrait1
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.

Mineral extraction in the Green Belt

Green Belt 4177325 s 146x219
The Court of Appeal finds that visual effects must be considered when assessing whether openness is preserved, write Peter Village QC and Ned Helme.

Developer contributions: reforms

Project iStock 000000224397XSmall 146x219
The regime for developer contributions is set to be reformed. Stephanie David examines the proposals in the government's consultation.

Older articles

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 16, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.
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 10, 2018

Campaigners pursue judicial review of proposals for former town hall

Activists opposed to the London Borough of Haringey’s plans for a former town hall say they have raised enough money to take legal advice on whether to take the dispute to judicial review.
Apr 10, 2018

City council secures conviction for small business rate relief fraud

The City of York Council has brought what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions specifically for small business rate relief fraud.
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 06, 2018

Ports and good governance

Local authorities that manage municipal ports need to consider and implement the government's new Ports Good Governance Guidance, writes Lara Moore and Ione McGregor.
Apr 06, 2018

LAs and energy efficiency standards

An English local authority can add energy efficiency requirements to its local plan which exceed those of Building Regulations. David Browne explores the key points for local authorities.
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

County council to take action after governance failures at development subsidiary

Northumberland County Council is to make radical changes to the governance of its wholly-owned development company Arch after auditors found a host of irregularities and “significantly lax” employment and payroll practices.
Apr 04, 2018

RICS consults on Code for Leasing Business Premises to make legal drafting efficient

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a consultation on the Code for Leasing Business Premises.
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

Interpreting overage clauses

Overage continues to be a potential minefield. James Hall analyses the latest case on interpretation of a clause.
Mar 28, 2018

Councils to be able to double council tax on homes left empty for 2+ years

Councils in England are to be allowed to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for two years or more, under new legislation unveiled by the government.
Mar 20, 2018

Court of Appeal backs decision to put neighbourhood plan to referendum

Leeds City Council did not act unlawfully when it put a neighbourhood plan to a referendum after modifications had been made that partly differed from those recommended by the examiner, the Court of Appeal has said.
Mar 16, 2018

Reverter of school site

The heirs to a landowner who donated a site for a school more than 100 years ago recently claimed a substantial proportion of the proceeds of sale held by a council. James Goudie QC explains the outcome.
Mar 14, 2018

Court rejects claim against council brought by heirs of donor of school land

Oxfordshire County Council does not owe money to the heirs of someone who donated land more than 100 years ago to provide a school, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mar 14, 2018

Property firm fails in legal action over refusal by council to sell site

Manchester City Council was not obliged to sell a site to a particular buyer simply because of an earlier planning decision, the High Court has found.
Mar 13, 2018

Government to allow more homes to be created from agricultural buildings

The Government is to change the number of homes that can be created under permitted development rights from existing agricultural buildings on a farm.

Archive

Search more than 10,000 articles

Newsletter Subscription

* indicates required
Choose Newsletter(s) (tick all that apply)
 

Featured Events

Fixed term tenancies - Cornerstone Barristers

London

CPD Hours3 FeeEarly Bird offer £30+VAT (Until 1st October) / Standard Ticket £40 +VAT VenueCornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1R 5JH More details to follow...
→ View listing
Succession & assignment of tenancies - Cornerstone Barristers

London

CPD Hours3 FeeEarly Bird offer £30+VAT (Until 1st August) / Standard Ticket £40 +VAT VenueCornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1R 5JH More details to follow...
→ View listing
Local Authorities – Planning Seminar Series 2018: Leeds - No5 Chambers

Yorkshire

No5 Barristers' Chambers Planning Group invites you to join them at their Local Authorities Seminar Series which is taking place in London, Bristol, Leicester and Leeds. The Seminars consist of a morning session dedicated to Planning and Development Update...
→ View listing
Local Authorities – Planning Seminar Series 2018: Leicester - No5 Chambers

East Midlands

No5 Barristers' Chambers Planning Group invites you to join them at their Local Authorities Seminar Series which is taking place in London, Bristol, Leicester and Leeds. The Seminars consist of a morning session dedicated to Planning and Development Update...
→ View listing
Commercial property: CRAR and forfeiture of lease - High Court Enforcement

Distance Learning

Cost: Free-of-charge This webinar will cover commercial property and forfeiture of lease and is intended for those in the commercial property sector and property solicitors.  
→ View listing
FTB Annual Planning Forum

West Midlands

This half day afternoon seminar will provide an opportunity to be informed about and discuss the latest developments in planning with some of the leading barristers in the field. It will focus on key practical issues, providing a convenient way for busy...
→ View listing
High Court enforcement for business - The Sheriffs Office

Distance Learning

Cost: Free-of-charge In this CPD webinar we will cover High Court enforcement for business, this webinar will be useful content for solicitors and credit controllers and for any one who has their own business|
→ View listing
Local Authorities – Planning Seminar Series 2018: Bristol - No5 Chambers

South-west

No5 Barristers' Chambers Planning Group invites you to join them at their Local Authorities Seminar Series which is taking place in London, Bristol, Leicester and Leeds. The Seminars consist of a morning session dedicated to Planning and Development Update...
→ View listing
HB Editorial Services Ltd 2016.