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Selling off council property

Rebecca Gilbert considers how councils can best approach the sale of their property assets.

News headlines

Jul 10, 2018

Councils hit by High Court ruling on business rates and ‘occupation’

A company can occupy business premises to enable a building’s owner to escape liability for business rates since the law does not say ‘occupation’ must be for any additional business purpose beyond that of the occupation itself, the High Court has…
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 09, 2018

High Court quashes village green registration over 'trigger event'

The High Court has given what is reported to be the first ruling on a ‘trigger event’ for the purposes of town and village green registration.
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 20, 2018

Houseboat owners partially successful in appeal over moorings court order

A High Court judge has overturned parts of an order granted to the London Borough of Hounslow against houseboat owners moored on the River Thames in Brentford.

Features and analysis

Habitats Regulations Assessments

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

Crichel Down Rules: new case law

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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.

Upper Tribunal on pubs and ACVs

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The Upper Tribunal has, finally, provided some guidance on assets of community value, writes Jeremy Phillips QC.

Lines of sight and road accidents

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Should a landowner or highways authority face liability for obstructed sightlines? John Goodman analyses a recent Court of Appeal ruling that wil be a useful case for highway authorities and other landowners.

Older articles

Jun 13, 2018

Gove appoints ‘Tree Champion’ ahead of imposing new duty of consultation on councils

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has appointed Sir William Worsley as the government’s ‘Tree Champion’ ahead of the introduction of a new duty on councils “to properly consult with communities before they cut down trees”.
Jun 11, 2018

Virgin Media to take council to Upper Tribunal over broadband rollout and land access

Virgin Media has instigated legal proceedings in order to reach a court-imposed agreement under the updated Electronic Communications Code (ECC) over land access with Durham County Council.
Jun 08, 2018

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.
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 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 31, 2018

Judges uphold listing of field as asset of community value despite trespassing

An open space can be designated as an asset of community value even if its present use is one arising from trespass, the Court Of Appeal has said.
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 29, 2018

Cambridge City Council secures injunction on punt operators using its riverside land

Cambridge City Council has secured an interim High Court injunction to ban unauthorised punt businesses from using council owned land along the middle river to access the River Cam.
May 25, 2018

Upper Tribunal on pubs and ACVs

The Upper Tribunal has, finally, provided some guidance on assets of community value, writes Jeremy Phillips QC.
May 25, 2018

Lines of sight and road accidents

Should a landowner or highways authority face liability for obstructed sightlines? John Goodman analyses a recent Court of Appeal ruling that wil be a useful case for highway authorities and other landowners.
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 18, 2018

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.
May 11, 2018

Publicly held land and village greens

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.
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.
Apr 25, 2018

Planning decision errors see council lose Court of Appeal battle over retail store

Errors in a planning decision by the London Borough of Lambeth have seen it lose a Court of Appeal case over how a large retail store in Streatham may be used.
Apr 20, 2018

Council and NHS Property Services lose Court of Appeal cases on village greens

The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling in conjoined cases covering village greens, land owned by public bodies and the concept of “statutory incompatibility”.

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