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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 »

Traffic Management Scheme Receives High Court Blessing

Written on February 25, 2014 at 7:00 am

In a case which underlined the limits of judicial review, a campaigner who feared that a controversial city traffic management scheme would turn the historic Regency street where he lives into a rat run for buses and heavy lorries has had his complaints of illegality rejected by the High Court. Peter Jackson’s home in Norwich… Read More »

Modern Homes Need Modern Utilities

Written on February 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

In a case which makes clear that, in the modern age, a household’s access to gas, electricity, water and other utilities is not a luxury but a necessity, the Court of Appeal has implied an easement into a sale agreement enabling excavation works in order to bring what many might view as the essentials of… Read More »

Pub Demolition Receives High Court Blessing

Written on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

A local authority has failed in a High Court challenge which it had hoped would help to stem the increasing tide of public house closures throughout the country. Islington Council had argued that a planning inspector erred when he approved plans for the demolition of the Good Intent pub and its replacement by six three-storey… Read More »

‘Pub Protection’ Policy Under High Court Spotlight

Written on January 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

As pubs continue to disappear up and down the country, one London council has taken a stand at the High Court. The London Borough of Islington is asking the Court to quash a planning inspector’s decision to approve demolition of the ‘Good Intent’ pub and its replacement by six three-storey town houses. The Council argued… Read More »