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01/04/2016

Legal briefs: Affordable housing contribution could be removed despite occupation of all residences

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 26 March-1 April, 2016

Affordable housing contribution could be removed despite occupation of all residences

A judge has rejected Medway Council’s High Court bid to overturn an inspector's decision to release the developer of a 300-flat mixed-use scheme at Chatham Quays in the Thames Gateway from a requirement to pay a £1 million off-site affordable housing contribution.

Property Legal Blog

Petition for parishes to win right of appeal in planning nets 10,000 backers

A petition calling for parish councils to be given a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate has secured more than 10,000 backers. The petition for a limited third-party right of appeal has been backed by the National Association of Local Councils. Exceeding the 10,000 signature threshold means that the government is committed to give a response.

Local Government Lawyer

Surrey farmer starts ‘hidden castle’ demolition

The farmer who illegally built a mock castle in the Surrey green belt has confirmed that he has begun to demolish the property after nearly a decade of legal and planning battles with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

BBC News

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