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Legal briefs: Barton-Le-Clay 'inappropriate extension' faces demolition

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

A round-up of legal news: 22 November-28 November, 2014

Barton-Le-Clay 'inappropriate extension' faces demolition

A judge has quashed the appeal consent granted by a planning inspector for an “inappropriate” house extension involving a property in a green belt location that Bedfordshire Central Council had vehemently opposed. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that his department would not be defending the action the day before the local planning authority’s legal challenge was due to be heard in London’s High Court. The appeal will be reconsidered by another planning inspector. 

BBC News 

High Court judge rejects challenge to 400-home planning consent, despite planning officer's mistaken advice

Ash Parish Council has failed in its legal challenge to Guildford Borough Council’s grant of planning permission for a 400-home scheme proposed by Bewley Homes in the Surrey village. A High Court judge refused to quash the decision after deciding that the council was not misled by a planning officer's mistaken advice.


Double-glazing test case offers window of opportunity for listed homes

Hampshire parish councillor Timothy Guinness has mounted a test case in the High Court over whether he should be allowed to fit double-glazing in his listed farmhouse at Ellisfield.

The Times