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Legal briefs: Dover Western Heights and Farthingloe challenge rejected; Nightclub owner wins permission for judicial review of housing scheme consent

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 12 December-18 December, 2015


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Dover Western Heights and Farthingloe challenge rejected

An application by the Campaign to Protect Rural England for a judicial review of Dover District Council’s approval of a residential development of more than 500 new homes in a Kent AONB has been rejected by the High Court.

BBC News

Donald Trump plans European challenge to offshore wind farm US presidential hopeful

Donald Trump plans to take his legal challenge to an offshore wind farm to the European courts. This follows the UK Supreme Court’s rejection of his legal challenge to plans for 11 offshore wind turbines near his golfing development at Menie, Aberdeenshire.

BBC News

Record-breaking £700k seized from rogue private developer

A developer who built a six-storey block of flats in Hoxton, East London, without planning permission from Hackney Council has been hit with a £700,000 confiscation order, thought to be one of the biggest ever in relation to a planning offence.

Hackney Council 

Nightclub owner wins permission for judicial review of housing scheme consent

The owner of a nightclub in Brixton has been given permission to bring a judicial review challenge to Lambeth Council’s grant of planning permission for a housing development which the claimant, Louise Barron, believes would result in the club’s closure.

Local Government Lawyer

Liverpool City Council and housing association drop Welsh Streets legal challenge

Liverpool City Council and housing association Plus Dane have dropped their legal challenge over the decision by former Community Secretary Sir Eric Pickles to reject plans for the regeneration of the ‘Welsh Streets’ area of Toxteth.

Local Government Lawyer

Borough council uses ASB and planning laws to secure traveller injunction

Blackpool Council has secured a High Court injunction – pursuant to Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and Section 187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 – stopping 13 named travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments in the borough. The council said it was believed to be the first time in the country that a local authority had used the 2014 Act along with Section 187B of the TCPA to secure an injunction against illegal travellers.

Local Government Lawyer