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Legal briefs: Community group wins legal fight against city council car park plans; Council secures court order to remove caravans from green belt site

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 20 February-26 February, 2021

Community group wins legal fight against city council car park plans

Trees Not Cars has won a judicial review against Manchester City Council over plans for a 440-space car park next to the city centre’s only primary school.

The Planner

Council secures court order to remove caravans from green belt site

The High Court has granted Cheshire East Council an order that means several caravans must be removed from a green belt site in the borough.

The Planner 

Willesden landlord hit with £740K confiscation order over illegal housing

The legal team at Brent Council in north-west London has secured a confiscation order worth nearly £740,000 against a landlord who rented out properties in Willesden in breach of planning enforcement notices. The properties were used as houses in multiple occupation and as undersized flats.

Local Government Lawyer

Slough landlord pays the price for illegal extension

Slough Borough Council has secured a confiscation order worth £109,000 against a landlord who built illegal extensions to a family home and housed up to 14 people in the rooms.

Local Government Lawyer

West Berkshire council defeats challenge to nuke plant planning zone

West Berkshire Council has defeated a judicial review challenge brought by developers in relation to the designation of an extension to the ‘detailed emergency planning zone’ around the atomic weapons facility at Burghfield. It meant some 700 hectares of land owned by the claimants – Crest Nicholson Operations, Hallam Land Management and Wilson Enterprises – and previously earmarked for the development of thousands of new homes was affected by restrictions.

Local Government Lawyer

Huge rise in fast-track housing schemes heading to court

Construction consultancy Mitchell McDermott’s latest annual report on the sector has highlighted the huge rise in the number of housing units quashed or held up by judicial challenges to fast-track housing schemes in greater Dublin. In 2019 some 508 potential dwellings were affected; last year the relevant figure was over 5,802. Nationally, there has been a seven-fold increase over the same period.

Irish Times

JR challenge urged over fast-track Fostertown housing

Swords councillors have called for a judicial review of the fast-track decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve an apartment complex proposed by developer MKN Pro for Fosterstown.

Irish Independent

County Kildare wind farm goes to court

A challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a €70 million 12-turbine wind farm near Carbury in County Kildare will be heard by the fast-track Commercial Court.

Irish Independent

Cherwell DC local plan faces JR challenge

Cherwell District Council is facing a judicial review of its local plan partial review now that a local campaign group has been given the go-ahead for court action over a dispute that centres on a provision in the plan for 4,400 houses on green belt land intended to help meet Oxford City Council’s housing needs.

Local Government Lawyer

Lockdown Shoreham-by-Sea cycle lane row goes to court

A cycling charity has applied to mount a judicial review of West Sussex County Council’s decision to remove a cycle lane in Shoreham-by-Sea introduced during lockdown.

Local Government Lawyer