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Care Act 2014 Easements in the Coronavirus Act 2020

Burges SalmonSection 15 and Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 sets out significant amendments to a local authority's duties under the Care Act 2014. In this free-to-view, on-demand webinar, Cornerstone Barristers discuss the implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020 for local authorities.

Garden Cities, Regeneration and Compulsory Purchase Orders

Burges SalmonThis on-demand webinar, led by planning specialists Sarah Sutherland and Gary Soloman, covers key cases on consenting hurdles, the 2020 focus on standards including net gain and Living with Beauty and utilising CPO for garden cities and regeneration projects.

Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act

Burges Salmon

Alice Richardson and Tom Tyson present a free on-demand webinar looking at the practical implications of the Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act, including in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual Meetings are the new reality for local authorities

In this Burges Salmonfree-to-view on-demand webinar, Cornerstone Barristers discuss the implications of the new Regulations which empower local authorities to hold meetings remotely (including by telephone conference, video conference, or live webcast).

London borough defeats housebuilders in dispute over adoption of roads

A district judge has ruled that two roads are of so little use to the public that the London Borough of Barnet need not adopt them.

Francis Taylor Building’s Caroline Daly acted for the council in the case where housebuilders Bellway Homes and Taylor Wimpey Homes had applied under s37 of the Highways Act 1980 to have the roads adopted without entering into a s38 agreement, and without being required to pay commuted sums towards their upkeep.

Barnet argued successfully at Willesden Magistrates’ Court that the two roads, with no through route, on the Halliwick Park Estate in Friern Barnet were not of sufficient utility to the public to justify them becoming maintainable at public expense under s37(2). 

The district judge agreed with Barnet’s application of its highway adoption criteria policy on the basis that the roads did not have a wider use than simply providing access to residential properties.

The council put similar criteria used by other highways authorities before the court in support of its case.

FTB said the case was thought to be the first under s37 to go before the magistrates' court.

Mark Smulian