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Legal briefs: Ealing Council serves solicitor with £500k confiscation order; East Suffolk takes tough line on enforcements

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 1 June-7 June, 2019

Ealing Council serves solicitor with £500k confiscation order

Ealing Council has won £500,000 under a Proceeds of Crime Act order against a Southall solicitor who used his home as an office for his legal practice.

The Planner

East Suffolk takes tough line on enforcements

The newly formed East Suffolk Council has taken two planning enforcement cases to the High Court, where it sought to imprison landowners who failed to comply with injunctions relating to their properties.

Local Government Lawyer

Bridgnorth poultry impact ruling goes against Shropshire Council

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a dispute over whether Shropshire Council considered environment issues when granting planning permission for an intensive poultry-rearing facility near Bridgnorth.

Local Government Lawyer

Coming clean on development deals 

English councils will be required to report on the agreements reached with housing developers to pay for infrastructure under new rules laid in the UK Parliament.

Local Government Lawyer

Bishop’s Stortford car park barney

A resident of Bishop’s Stortford intends to take East Herts Council to judicial review for a second time over its grant of planning permission to itself for a proposed multistorey car park over the town’s former cattle market.

Local Government Lawyer

Cumbrian angler wins waste outfall case

A member of an angling association has secured the quashing of a grant of planning permission by the county council for the installation of a temporary outfall from a waste treatment works on the River Kent in Cumbria.

Local Government Lawyer

Crowdfunding for Powys waste facility challenge 

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help locals to fight plans backed by Powys County Council for a £4 million bulk recycling facility on the outskirts of Abermule, half way between Welshpool and Newtown.

BBC News

Information Commissioner calls £325 environmental information ‘unreasonable’

A charge of £325 imposed by Folkestone and Hythe District Council for accessing information about meetings held by the Kent Planning Officers Group was unreasonable, the Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled in a decision notice following a complaint.

Local Government Lawyer

Dartmouth Square residents challenge Metro ‘enabling works’

Residents of Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh, Dublin, are going to court after claiming that enabling works for the city’s proposed underground Metro, which will affect their properties, were approved without going through proper planning procedures. 

Irish Times