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Legal briefs: £144k penalty for homes let without planning permission; Swansea tree-fellers fail to overturn convictions

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 18 September-24 September, 2021.

£144k penalty for homes let without planning permission

Landlord Orofena St John has been issued with a penalty for building a number of extensions and converting them into seven flats and two bedsits without planning permission.

The Planner

Swansea tree-fellers fail to overturn convictions

Enzo’s Homes Ltd and its owner and director Fiorenzo Sauro have failed to overturn their convictions for felling an historic redwood tree in Swansea, but have successfully appealed against their conviction and the level of fines over the clearance of an area of ancient woodland involving 72 trees at a housing development site next to the former Lliw Valley Council headquarters near Penllergaer, north of  the city.

Wales Online

Livestreaming for Forest of Dean ‘man cave’ appeal

The Court of Appeal is to livestream an appeal by a defendant found in contempt of court for failing to demolish a leisure building housing a cinema and bowling alley that he was ordered to take down in 2018 by the Forest of Dean Council. The building has been dubbed the country’s biggest “man cave”.

Local Government Lawyer

Dundee e-bike docking station consent dumped

A judge in the Outer House of Scotland’s Court of Session has declared that the grant of planning permission for an e-bike docking station outside a category B listed tenement building in Dundee was ultra vires after the decision was challenged by locals.

Scottish Construction Now

Judicial review approved for Shoreham-by Sea cycle lane

The Court of Appeal has given permission for a judicial review of West Sussex County Council’s decision to remove a cycle lane installed during the pandemic along a main road in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Local Government Lawyer