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Legal briefs: Brent uses POCA against slum landlords; Newham mosque closed after six-year legal fight

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 27 January-2 February, 2018

Brent uses POCA against slum landlords

Brent Council has used the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against slum landlords for breaches of licensing conditions. 

The Planner

Newham mosque closed after six-year legal fight

A mosque that was operating unlawfully has been closed by the London Borough of Newham after a six-year legal process.

Local Government Lawyer

Luton HMO and enforcement success

Luton Borough Council has secured its largest-ever fine for breaches of the law regarding houses in multiple occupation (HMO), while in a separate case a High Court judge has rejected a family’s claim that the process the council had used to issue a planning enforcement notice was flawed.

Local Government Lawyer

Aberdeen Football Club plan heads to court

Objectors to Aberdeen FC's plans for a new stadium and training facilities at Kingsford have announced they will pursue a judicial review of the decision made by the city council last week.

BBC News

Corrupt Fine Gael councillor contests conviction

A former Fine Gael town councillor who received the longest prison sentence for corruption ever handed down by the Irish courts is challenging his conviction for planning and development misdemeanours.

Irish Independent

Fresh NI road project challenge

A new legal challenge to Northern Ireland's biggest roads project, the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme, will be heard in June, it has been confirmed. 

Belfast Telegraph

Lancashire caravan storage penalties upheld

Appeals Court judges have upheld fines and a confiscation order totalling over £60,000 for a businessman/farmer, after he was found guilty of a deliberate and flagrant breach of planning enforcement action for illegally storing of 67 caravans on land at Tarleton.

Champion News