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Regional strategies - the saga continues

June 1st, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

In the latest round of the ongoging saga of regional strategies and the Government's intention to revoke them, Cala's latest appeal has been dismissed. The Court of Appeal has determined that it is not inappropriate for decision-makers to take accoun ... continue reading...


Concealed Developments

April 20th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

Readers will no doubt recall the case involving Mr Beesley who had applied for planning permission for a barn, but who when the barn was built fitted it out as a house. Upon completion, the house was occupied as his home and this use continued for mo ... continue reading...


Planning & the 2011 budget

March 24th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

You won't fail to have noticed that yesterday was budget day. For most people, budget day means finding out what's going to happen to the price of alcohol, cigarettes & fuel and how much more (or less) tax they're going to end up paying. But the budg ... continue reading...


Financial contributions & planning appeals

March 22nd, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

Many appellants are now seeking to challenge local planning authority demands for financial contributions as part of the planning application process, particularly in light of regulation 122 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. The ... continue reading...


Regional strategies - the next round

February 8th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

The latest round in the regional spatial strategies dispute was resolved (for the time being!) yesterday. By way of a quick summary, in November last year Cala Homes successfully challenged the decision by Eric Pickles to revoke regional spatial stra ... continue reading...


Localism Bill & Enforcement

January 18th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

In the weeks that have elapsed since the publication of the Localism Bill, much of the focus by commentators has been on the absence of change to the appeal system, the anticipated revocation of Regional Spatial Strategies and the introduction of nei ... continue reading...


Update to PPG13: Transport

January 5th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

Happy New Year to all those who read our blog. It's good to see that even on a Bank Holiday, DCLG forges ahead with changing the planning regime - this time is PPG13 which deals with Transport. You can read the revised guidance here. The amendments ... continue reading...


Regional strategies back in play - for now at least

November 11th, 2010 by Louise Humphreys

Yesterday the High Court quashed the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government purportedly made on 6 July 2010 to revoke Regional Strategies. A copy of the judgment can be found here. The Court held that the Secretary o ... continue reading...


Preparing court bundles for hearings in the Administrative Court

November 8th, 2010 by Louise Humphreys

Whilst the case of Leeds City Council v (1) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2) Libra Demolition Limited [2010] EWHC 1412 (Admin) may not be of any great legal significance in terms of the actual case before the Court, what th ... continue reading...


White Paper "Local growth : realising every place's potential"

November 5th, 2010 by Louise Humphreys

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a white paper entitled "Local growth: realising every place's potential" on 28 October 2010. The main points, save for the general trend towards 'localism', from a planning perspecti ... continue reading...