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CIL infrastructure and planning

The Court of Appeal has accepted the possibility of refusing planning permission for development which is unacceptable in the absence of CIL infrastructure. Richard Langham explains why.

News headlines

Jul 10, 2018

Appeal judges back Welsh ministers over differences with planning policy in England

Planning is a devolved function in Wales and so differences exist and are likely to grow between policy there and in England, the Court of Appeal has noted in a case in which it upheld an inspector’s ruling.
Jul 06, 2018

Judicial review challenge over routing of heavy goods vehicles withdrawn

A judicial review challenge over the routing of heavy goods vehicles through a village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dorset has been withdrawn.
Jul 05, 2018

Borough in claim against county over £200k it says was to go on mitigation works

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a judicial review challenge over Kent County Council’s decision to use £200,000 that the borough insists was intended for road mitigation works for a feasibility study into a bypass, it has been reported.
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

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.

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.

Ports and good governance

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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.

Installing barriers on public highways

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LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Laura Hughes of Browne Jacobson, deals with the question of the powers available to a local authority when installing gates or barriers on public highways.

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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 09, 2018

Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge over road accident and vegetation

Appeal judges have refused to create a duty of care with “potentially serious and costly consequences for very little practical gain” in a case over whether overgrown vegetation contributed to a road accident.
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 12, 2018

Parish raises funds for judicial review of decision to route HGVs through village

A parish council in Dorset has raised sufficient funds to launch judicial review proceedings over the county council’s decision to route heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) through the village.
Apr 11, 2018

Council fails in appeal over FOI request and commercial prejudice

Hartlepool Borough Council has lost an appeal against a ruling by the Information Commissioner because it failed to provide evidence of what harm to commercial interests would be done by disclosing material dating from 2005 and relating to the…
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.
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.
Feb 23, 2018

Installing barriers on public highways

LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Laura Hughes of Browne Jacobson, deals with the question of the powers available to a local authority when installing gates or barriers on public highways.
Feb 22, 2018

Council wins Court of Appeal battle over interpretation of £2.7bn PFI contract

Birmingham City Council has won an appeal over the correct interpretation of its £2.7bn highways PFI contract with Amey.
Feb 20, 2018

County council takes legal action to recover £7m spent on bypass

North Yorkshire County Council is set to take legal action against Highways England to recover £7m it has spent to upgrade the A63 Selby bypass.
Feb 20, 2018

Borough council wins permission for challenge over proposed dual carriageway

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has won permission to take Highways England to judicial review over what the local authority has said was a flawed consultation on a local road scheme.
Feb 13, 2018

Network Rail to hold market engagement for £70m legal services framework

Network Rail is to conduct a market engagement exercise for the supply of legal services worth an estimated £70m over five years.
Jan 19, 2018

Dealing with icy car parks

The Court of Appeal recently rejected a claim for damages brought by a 78-year-old man who fell on ice in a council-operated car park. Claire Booth explains why.
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 15, 2017

Continuing issues with CIL

Christopher Cant analyses some of the thorny issues thrown up by regime for the Community Infrastructure Levy.
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.
Oct 25, 2017

Council to take legal action against driver for damage to resurfaced road

North Yorkshire County Council intends to take proceedings against a driver who caused more than £50,000 worth of damage to a newly resurfaced road.

County council takes legal action to recover £7m spent on bypass

North Yorkshire County Council is set to take legal action against Highways England to recover £7m it has spent to upgrade the A63 Selby bypass.

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