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Continuing issues with CIL

Christopher Cant analyses some of the thorny issues thrown up by regime for the Community Infrastructure Levy.

News headlines

Dec 19, 2017

Court of Appeal rejects damages claim over fall on ice in council car park

The Court of Appeal has rejected a 78-year-old appellant’s claim for £10,000 in damages after he slipped and fell on ice in a car park owned by a local authority.
Dec 01, 2017

Council defeats challenge to decision to add 34 footpaths to definitive map

A county council has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to a committee decision authorising the making of a statutory order which, subject to confirmation, would add at least 34 footpaths and a bridleway to the definitive map and…
Nov 27, 2017

Draft Drone Bill to hand police powers to tackle unsafe and criminal use

A draft Drone Bill, to be published in spring 2018, will hand the police new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones, the Government has announced.
Nov 17, 2017

Government to set up first ever statutory sub-national transport body

The Government has laid legislation in Parliament that will turn Transport for the North (TfN) into the first ever statutory sub-national transport body, with legal powers and duties.
Oct 31, 2017

High Court judge dismisses committal proceedings brought against councillor

A High Court judge has dismissed committal proceedings brought by Sheffield City Council against one of its councillors, Alison Teal of the Green Party, over an alleged breach of an injunction.

Features and analysis

Direct action and injunctions

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Protestors have been stopped from preventing a tree-felling programme run by Sheffield City Council. Yaaser Vanderman sets out the judge’s reasoning for granting an injunction.

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.

Public rights over public spaces

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Laura Renaudon reports on a rights of way order decision concerning a definitive map modification application over a public park owned by Durham County Council.

The scope of “highway” for GLA Roads vesting

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The Court of Appeal has determined the scope of “highway” for GLA Roads vesting. David Elvin QC reports on a successful appeal by two councils.

Older articles

Sep 29, 2017

Claimant who sued council over bogus highway accident guilty of contempt

A man who sued Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council for £10,000, claiming he was injured after tripping in a hole in the payment, has been found guilty of contempt of court and jailed for four months.
Sep 08, 2017

Report on highways contract litigation costing county £20m+ criticises documentation

A report into Cumbria County Council’s termination of a highways maintenance contract and subsequent litigation that cost the local authority £26m between 2012 and 2017 has criticised the contract documentation.
Aug 24, 2017

Direct action and injunctions

Protestors have been stopped from preventing a tree-felling programme run by Sheffield City Council. Yaaser Vanderman sets out the judge’s reasoning for granting an injunction.
Aug 17, 2017

Seeing through the smog

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.
Aug 17, 2017

Public rights over public spaces

Laura Renaudon reports on a rights of way order decision concerning a definitive map modification application over a public park owned by Durham County Council.
Aug 17, 2017

City council wins injunctions in latest stage of dispute over tree felling

Sheffield City Council has secured High Court injunctions against those trespassing within safety barriers around its controversial tree replacement works.
Aug 10, 2017

The scope of “highway” for GLA Roads vesting

The Court of Appeal has determined the scope of “highway” for GLA Roads vesting. David Elvin QC reports on a successful appeal by two councils.
Aug 03, 2017

Potholes galore!

John Collins reports on a Court of Appeal ruling in a case where a jogger injured himself in a pothole.
Jul 25, 2017

Technical inconsistency forces council to withdraw contract for bus service

A county council has been forced to go back out to tender for a key bus service after a ‘technical inconsistency’ was highlighted in the way it had assessed tenders.
Jul 18, 2017

Competition authority lifts restrictions on Bristol bus operators

Obsolete competition undertakings that governed bus services in the Bristol area have been lifted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
Jul 13, 2017

Local authorities and DCOs

Paul Irving and Jane Wakeham analyse the role of the local authority in the Development Consent Order process.
Jul 13, 2017

Affordability and highways infrastructure

Steven Conway examines a key concept being introduced to Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure - affordability.
Jul 07, 2017

Watchdog concern over “inherently complex” structures of combined authorities

The introduction of combined authorities has meant that inherently complex structures have been added to England’s already complicated local government arrangements, the National Audit Office has said.
Jul 03, 2017

Marine Management Organisation defeats legal challenge over licence decision

The Marine Management Organisation has defeated a High Court challenge brought over its decision to grant a marine licence relating to development in Brighton Marina.
Jun 28, 2017

City to take legal action against protesters in row over tree-felling programme

Sheffield City Council has said it has “no alternative” but to bring legal proceedings against certain individuals protesting against its controversial tree replacement programme.
Jun 16, 2017

The Bus Services Act 2017

Rob Hann looks at major changes in the bus industry following the introduction of new legislation.
May 31, 2017

Cornwall Council faces judicial review over Isles of Scilly heliport decision

Transport operators on the Isles of Scilly are locked in a dispute that could see planning permission for a heliport judicially reviewed.
May 18, 2017

Campaign group to seek judicial review over road closure

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a legal challenge to a council's decision to close a west London street.
May 15, 2017

Three men given suspended sentences for breaching car cruising injunction

Three men have been given suspended prison sentences for breaching an injunction against car cruising in Birmingham after the city council brought committal proceedings.
May 02, 2017

Judge rejects challenge to refusal of permission for rail interchange

A Planning Court judge has rejected a developer’s call for the quashing of the Communities Secretary’s refusal to grant permission for the construction of a strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI).

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