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Benefit fraud & failure to disclose change of circumstances

July 8th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

In the recent case of Coventry City Council v Vassell [2011] EWHC 1542 (Admin), the High Court gave consideration to the test to be applied when deciding whether a criminal offence has been committed under section 112(1A) of the Social Security Admin ... continue reading...


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...


Proposed changes to Council surveillance powers

April 26th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

Plans to curtail the surveillance powers used by local authorities are currently going through parliament in the Protection of Freedoms bill. CCTV and other surveillance cameras Further regulation of surveillance camera systems is proposed. Surveil ... 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...


Appeals against decisions of licensing committees

January 28th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal serves as a reminder of how appeals to the magistrates' court from decisions of local authority licensing committees are to be dealt with - Regina (Hope and Glory Public House Ltd) v City of Westminster Magist ... 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...