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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 »

Watch Out for Property Fraudsters!

Written on January 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

In a case which will stand as a stern warning to property investors, one member of a ruthless gang of conmen – who duped people into buying near-worthless plots of land with false promises of rich rewards from lucrative developments – has failed in an appeal against his six-and-a-half-year jail term. Unwary members of the… Read More »

One Home Can Have Two Front Doors, Tribunal Rules

Written on January 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

In a case which makes plain that a single home may have two front doors, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has ruled that it is legally possible for adjoining properties occupied by one large family to be viewed as a single dwelling house. A man and his extended family occupied two adjoining semi-detached houses, each of… Read More »

Legal Professional Privilege Trumps Public’s Right to Know

Written on January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

A local resident’s concerns about a major redevelopment of a Cheshire town threw into sharp perspective the difficult balance that has to be struck between commercial confidentiality, legal professional privilege (LPP) and the public’s ‘right to know’. The local authority had for more than a decade been debating controversial plans to redevelop the town centre… Read More »

New Flood Maps Now Online

Written on January 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

The commencement of the publication by the Environment Agency  of flood maps that show the danger of flooding from surface water will be an unwelcome development for homeowners in the areas shown on the maps as ‘high’ flood risk – where the likelihood of a flood is assessed as being about 1 in 30 each… Read More »

Beloved Sheep Trigger Property Dispute

Written on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

An animal lover’s legal campaign to secure a return home for what remains of a prize flock of sheep bequeathed to him by a 93-year-old friend has been brought to a sad end by the Court of Appeal. The man had been given the flock of over 100 Suffolk sheep by the pensioner with whom… Read More »

High Court Backs Waste Transfer Station

Written on December 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

A couple opposed to plans for a waste transfer station near their Essex home have failed in a High Court challenge to the grant of planning consent. John and Sandra Hockley had asked the Court to quash Essex County Council’s decision to grant permission for the facility in Great Dunmow. The Hockleys feared that lorries… Read More »