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Legal briefs: Government wins appeal over affordable housing and small sites policy

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 7 May-13 May, 2016

Government wins appeal over affordable housing and small sites policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government has won its appeal over a ruling that a planning policy for affordable housing requirements for small-scale developments was unlawful.

The Planner

Norton Folgate development: Judge upholds Boris intervention

The former Mayor of London's decision to approve the Norton Folgate development in a conservation area in east London has been backed by the High Court.

BBC News

Liverpool Lime Street campaign boost as SAVE gets appeal green light

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has received permission from the Court of Appeal to press ahead with a major challenge against the demolition of more than 10 historic buildings on Lime Street in central Liverpool.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage

Council sees off challenge over adoption of planning documents and CIL

Tanbridge District Council in Surrey has defeated a challenge brought by a developer in the Court of Appeal over its decision to adopt a development plan document and a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule.

Local Government Lawyer

Court of Appeal backs decision to clear green belt land of Romany gypsy caravans

The Court of Appeal has rejected a judicial review challenge to the decision of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead local authority to use planning enforcement powers to clear agricultural land in the green belt of caravans occupied by Romany gypsies.

Local Government Lawyer

Council to review Woodburn Forest oil drill project issues, court hears

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has been in court over its handling of proposals for exploratory drilling for oil at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.

Belfast Telegraph

Action to halt pylon project rejected by High Court

A legal challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s decision to hold an oral hearing into EirGrid’s application to erect about 300 pylons as part of the proposed North-South electricity interconnector project has been rejected by the High Court.

Irish Times