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Legal Briefs: Ex-council leader in conflict of interest

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 28 March-3 April, 2015

Ex-Dorset County Council leader Spencer Flower guilty of conflict of interest

Spencer Flower, a former leader of Dorset County Council, has become the first person to be successfully prosecuted for voting on the fate of a core strategy contrary to the provisions of the Localism Act 2011. He had claimed that his involvement with a social housing company was not relevant to a debate in 2013 about East Dorset District Council’s Core Strategy.

BBC News

Rival crematorium scheme quashed

The developer of a proposed crematorium outside Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire has persuaded a High Court judge to quash planning approval for a rival scheme because Aylesbury Vale District Council failed to take into account the risks posed to colonies of protected great crested newts.

Landmark Chambers

Core Strategy Housing delivery target was not a requirement

A developer who wanted to build 250 homes on a former airfield in Kent has failed in a High Court challenge over the refusal of planning permission and the arguments used by the planning inspector who dismissed the appeal.

Phil Taylor's Law Blog