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Nuclear Risk Not Enough to Scotch Airport Expansion Plans

Written on May 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

In opening the way for expansion of an airport in Kent, the High Court has rejected objectors’ arguments that the development would pose an unacceptable threat of disaster due to its close proximity to the Dungeness nuclear power plant. Opponents to proposals for a runway extension and new terminal building at Lydd Airport argued that… Read More »

Court Overturns Flats Demolition Order

Written on May 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

A developer who was ordered to tear down a block of flats which he had built too tall has triumphed in a Court of Appeal test case which established that planning inspectors have a degree of flexibility when considering such cases. The developer had in 2005 been granted planning permission to construct a three-storey block… Read More »

Housing Developers Must Bow to Local Referendum

Written on May 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

In an important decision for local democracy, the High Court has upheld the right of residents of a Cheshire town to cast their votes in a referendum, the result of which will have a critical impact on the scale of housing developments in the area. Various proposals to build more than 300 new homes in… Read More »

Neighbours Pay Price of Not Getting Along

Written on May 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

In a stern warning to neighbours that it pays to get along with each other, landowners engaged in a bitter legal battle over rights of way effectively achieved nothing despite spending four costly days fighting it out in the High Court. In a case which highlighted potential conflicts between equestrianism and shooting rights, a couple… Read More »

Court Apportions Blame for Property Over-Valuation

Written on April 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

Surveyors and lawyers are each facing £100,000 bills after the High Court ruled that they were equally to blame for a debacle in which a residential property was valued at almost double the sum for which it had been sold just a few months earlier. A mortgage company had advanced a substantial sum to the… Read More »

Family Which Defied Planning Laws Fined £20,000

Written on April 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

Three members of a family who flouted planning laws and defied a judge by failing to clear caravans and scrap from their land have been spared jail for their contempt of court – but have been ordered to pay a £20,000 fine and substantial legal costs bills. As the culmination of a ‘grave planning history’… Read More »

Neighbours’ War Over Nine Inches of Shed Space

Written on April 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

In a bitter illustration of the grave financial consequences that can arise from a failure to compromise, neighbouring homeowners who engaged in costly legal warfare over just nine inches of shed space were each left facing substantial legal costs. The dispute centred on two suburban streets in North London which ran parallel to each other… Read More »

Developer’s Nightmare of Council Maladministration

Written on March 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

A property development company which was plunged into financial crisis by a catalogue of local authority maladministration will receive just £50,000 in compensation despite the Local Authority Ombudsman’s recommendation that it should be paid five times that sum. The company had purchased land in the council’s area with the benefit of planning consent and had… Read More »

Councils Must Heed Requirement for More Housing Land

Written on March 11, 2014 at 7:00 am

In upholding planning consents granted for two residential developments, the High Court has issued a stern warning to local authorities that important local planning decisions will be taken out of their hands if they fail to make sufficient provision to meet future housing needs. A council had challenged permissions granted by the Department for Communities… Read More »

Basketball Court Curfew Lifted

Written on February 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

A woman who says that she has been plagued for years by anti-social behaviour and noise emanating from a basketball court next to her home has failed to convince the High Court that it was irrational of planners to allow the facility’s use at all hours of the day and night. The court had a… Read More »