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Legal briefs: Councillor wins procurement judicial review, Newry man fined £30,000

Words: Laura Edgar
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 14 February-20 February, 2015

Councillor wins procurement judicial review over £165m city centre scheme

A councillor at Winchester City Council has won a High Court judicial review challenge over his local authority’s decision to adopt an updated scheme for a £165 million city centre redevelopment without conducting a procurement exercise. But the ruling does not quash the planning permission given for the scheme, earmarked for the Silver Hill area of the Hampshire city. The council leader has since resigned. Communities secretary Eric Pickles is considering calling in the scheme.

Local Government Lawyer

Court rules on power to decline to determine retrospective planning applications

The High Court has issued a ruling that clarifies the scope of a local authority’s power to refuse to determine a retrospective planning application when an enforcement notice is in place. In this case it upheld the stance taken by Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

Local Government Lawyer 

Newry man fined £30,000 for planning offence

A Newry man was fined £30,000 plus £805 in legal costs and £15 court costs at Newry Magistrates' Court after he was found guilty of non-compliance with a DoE Planning Enforcement Notice.

Northern Ireland Planning Portal

Resident in legal action over planning permission for Thames Garden Bridge

A local resident has launched a legal challenge to the London Borough of Lambeth’s decision to grant planning permission for the Thames Garden Bridge.

Local Government Lawyer

Council agrees to quashing of grant of planning permission for derelict mill

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has agreed to the quashing of its decision to grant planning permission and conservation area consent for the redevelopment of a derelict mill into 27 residential properties following a success High Court challenge by a local resident that the approval was flawed.

Local Government Lawyer

Central Bedfordshire Council to consider legal challenge on Development Strategy

Central Bedfordshire Council has confirmed that it is contemplating legal action over a planning inspector’s conclusion that it had not cooperated sufficiently with neighbouring authorities, particularly Luton Borough Council, when drawing up the housing proposals in its draft Development Strategy.  

Central Bedfordshire Council

High Court sinks plan for wind turbine opposite Dylan Thomas's boathouse

High Court has quashed plans for a wind turbine opposite Dylan Thomas's boathouse in Laugharne, originally approved by Carmarthenshire Council. The area is thought to have been the inspiration for the fictional town of Llareggub in Under Milk Wood

Wales Online