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Legal briefs: Developer withdraws legal action against Norwich regeneration scheme; Greensill controversy affects Cheshire farmland negotiations

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 17 April-23 April, 2021

Developer withdraws legal action against Norwich regeneration scheme

Developer Weston Homes and site owner Columbia Threadneedle have withdrawn a High Court challenge against the housing secretary’s decision to reject plans to redevelop Anglia Square in the centre of Norwich.

The Planner

Greensill controversy affects Cheshire farmland negotiations

Cheshire West and Chester Council has said it will not progress the sale of farmland to Lex Greensill, the financier caught up in a central government lobbying row, “unless and until appropriate assurances are in place”. The financier had approached the council over a proposal for a comprehensive planting and environmental scheme for land surrounding his family home at Shotwick, which would include maintaining and securing public access over rights of way.

Local Government Lawyer

Jenrick urges pragmatic approach to Covid-19 outdoor structures

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has called on councils to ensure that government guidance on outdoor structures is applied proportionately and consistently to support businesses in their areas to reopen safely following the Covid-19 outbreak and to avoid overzealous interpretations of the rules.

Local Government Lawyer

Cork CC goes to court over development plan direction

Cork County Council has brought a High Court challenge over a minister’s direction that it should annul a change to its development plan that provides for a €100 million retail “outlet centre” in the east of the county. That move was recommended by the Office of the Planning Regulator.

Irish Times

Sevenoaks refused permission to appeal local plan cooperation ruling

Sevenoaks District Council has been refused permission to appeal against a Planning Court ruling rejecting its legal challenge to a planning inspector’s finding that it had failed to comply with the duty to cooperate when preparing its local plan.

Local Government Lawyer

Maidstone obtains full injunction to protect Kent AONB

Maidstone Borough Council has obtained a full injunction “in both prohibitory and mandatory terms” against the owner of a 15-hectare site located in an area of outstanding natural beauty at Boxley. The site, which is designated as ancient woodland, has been blighted by the unlawful disposal of waste and car parts.

Local Government Lawyer

Low-traffic neighbourhood scheme in Lambeth heads to court

A disabled local resident expects to take the London Borough of Lambeth to court next month in a dispute over a low-traffic neighbourhood after a crowd-funding bid raised £17,733.

Local Government Lawyer

Hertfordshire council must refund CIL payment after admin blunders

A series of administrative errors by Hertsmere Borough Council mean that a local resident should have a community infrastructure levy payment refunded, says the High Court. It follows a case involving a self-build project next to the resident’s existing home in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Local Government Lawyer