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Direct action: natural justice

James Goudie QC examines a recent Planning Court challenge to a council's decision to take direct action under s.178(1) TCPA in order to demolish the claimants' dwelling house.

News headlines

Jan 02, 2018

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April

Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Dec 13, 2017

Estate agents fined £35k over failure to provide safety information on HMO

Estate agent Foxtons has been fined £35,000 following action against it by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Dec 13, 2017

Environment Agency consults on revised enforcement and sanctions policy

The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on updates to its enforcement and sanctions policy, which it described as evolutionary rather than a fundamental alteration.
Dec 11, 2017

Council secures fines for planning company over wilful obstruction of officers

A planning company, and its representative, have been fined for wilfully obstructing officers from Brentwood Borough Council in the course of their work, the local authority has revealed.
Dec 04, 2017

DCLG in call for evidence on local authority licensing of park homes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a call for evidence on how effective local authority licensing of park homes has been.

Features and analysis

Enforcement and certificates of lawfulness

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Phillip Hopkins examines some conundrums created by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to planning applications, enforcement notices and certificates of lawfulness of existing use or development.

Seeing through the smog

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How can local authorities interpret DEFRA’s Clean Air Zone Framework in compliance with the law? Anna Heslop looks at the background and an important legal test.

The prosecution powers of local authorities

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John Sharland examines a recent Court of Appeal ruling following an attempt by a council to bring a prosecution for legal aid fraud and asks what lessons can be learnt by local authorities.

Licensing fees: the Supreme Court rules

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The Supreme Court recently handed down the latest ruling in the long-running battle over the fees payable for licensing sex shops in Westminster. James Goudie QC sets out the judges’ findings.

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Oct 27, 2017

Direct action: natural justice

James Goudie QC examines a recent Planning Court challenge to a council's decision to take direct action under s.178(1) TCPA in order to demolish the claimants' dwelling house.
Oct 24, 2017

Serial fly-tipper in Hertfordshire sentenced to 10 months in prison

A serial fly-tipper has been sentenced to 10 months in prison following a prosecution brought by three local authorities in Hertfordshire.
Oct 24, 2017

CLG Committee to review local authority powers to tackle rogue landlords

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a probe into whether councils have tough enough powers to tackle rogue landlords.
Oct 23, 2017

Council defeats appeal over HMOs, business premises and number of storeys

A business premises situated below a house in multiple occupation (HMO) will count towards the number of qualifying storeys, a High Court judge has ruled.
Oct 13, 2017

Judge refuses judicial review of decision not to determine planning application

A council has welcomed a High Court judge’s refusal – following an oral hearing – to grant permission for a judicial review of the authority's decision not to determine a traveller’s planning application for a plot of land.
Oct 13, 2017

Enforcement and certificates of lawfulness

Phillip Hopkins examines some conundrums created by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to planning applications, enforcement notices and certificates of lawfulness of existing use or development.
Oct 11, 2017

City council takes Houses in Multiple Occupation case to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has granted Nottingham City Council permission to appeal after the Court of Appeal rejected the authority’s challenge to terms in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences restricting the occupation of bedrooms to a particular…
Oct 11, 2017

Government to review law on illegal gypsy and traveller sites

Ministers are to review the law on Gypsy and Traveller camps after a string of complaints from MPs about allegations of damage to open spaces caused by illegal encampments.
Oct 09, 2017

Council fined £150k over failures on hand arm vibration syndrome

A Welsh council has been fined £150,000 after a 57-year old employee in its StreetScene department was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
Oct 05, 2017

Livestock sales company ordered to pay £12k over movement rule offences

A livestock sales company has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to 16 offences relating to livestock movement rules.
Oct 05, 2017

Fining property manager £5k “completely disproportionate”: tribunal judge

A council’s imposition of a £5,000 fine on a property management business for failing to be a member of a redress scheme for three weeks was “unreasonable in the circumstances and completely disproportionate”, a tribunal judge has said.
Sep 27, 2017

London Trading Standards issue £370k fines to letting agents in three months

Trading Standards departments in London have issued fines amounting to around £370,000 to lettings agents in the last three months alone, it has emerged.
Sep 25, 2017

Buddhists ordered to pay £28k+ over release on non-native lobsters

Two Buddhists have been ordered to pay more than £28,000 in fines, compensation and costs after releasing non-native species of lobsters into the sea off Brighton.
Sep 21, 2017

Council nets emergency injunction over threat to give land for unauthorised gypsy site

A district council has obtained an emergency planning injunction against a landowner who threatened to give land away for an unauthorised gypsy site in a bid to “ruin the village”.
Sep 21, 2017

Magistrates back enforcement action over house concealed as garage

Magistrates have told Stratford-on-Avon District Council it can take enforcement action against a couple who disguised their house as a garage.
Sep 18, 2017

Council wins test appeal case against lettings agency ‘administration fees’

Camden Council has successfully appealed to the Upper Tribunal against a leading estate agency, Foxtons, using the term ‘administration fees’ in their lettings agency work.
Sep 14, 2017

Campaigners to lay complaint against council over barbecues and statutory nuisance

A campaign group has said it will ‘lay a complaint’ in the Magistrates’ Court against Islington Council over an alleged statutory nuisance from barbecues on Highbury Fields.
Sep 11, 2017

Ice cream seller ordered to pay £6k+ after breaching injunction

A judge has ordered an ice cream seller to pay more than £6,000 in fines and costs for ignoring a court order to stop trading in a council car park.
Sep 06, 2017

Environment Agency trials use of body-worn cameras by enforcement officers

Environment Agency enforcement officers in the North East are experimenting with body-worn cameras.
Aug 31, 2017

Home Office will continue to pursue ‘hippy crack’ cases despite failures of early prosecutions

The Home Office says it will continue to prosecute those who sell nitrous oxide, despite its own expert witness telling a court that so-called "laughing gas" was exempt from the Psychoactive Substances Act which came into force last year.

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