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Legal briefs: Grantham bypass legal challenge turned down; judicial review sought on Lancashire decision on seismic monitoring

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

A round-up of legal news: 8 August - 14 August, 2015

Grantham bypass legal challenge turned down

Developer Larkfield Homes has lost its Appeal Court challenge over permission for a relief road in Grantham approved by South Kesteven District Council in 2013 alongside a major residential development planned by Buckminster Estate.

BBC News

Campaigners seek judicial review of Lancashire decision on seismic monitoring

Lancashire County Council is facing a potential judicial review challenge to its decision to grant planning permission for seismic monitoring at a shale gas exploration site where fracking is on the cards.

Local Government Lawyer

Thea Osmund-Smith successful in Pertemps Investments Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

A High Court judge has ruled that a planning inspector misinterpreted green belt planning policy in his refusal of an appeal against Solihull Council’s decision to block proposals for construction of an office building in the countryside near Coventry. The refusal has now been quashed.

No5 Chambers

Sherlock Holmes’ house: Undershaw plans to be reviewed by High Court judge

Waverley Borough Council’s planning decision to allow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former Surrey home Undershaw to become a school for children with disabilities will be reviewed by a judge.

BBC News

Market traders lose challenge over confirmation of compulsory purchase order

Market traders have failed in a High Court challenge to the communities secretary’s decision to confirm a compulsory purchase order made by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to facilitate regeneration of Shepherds Bush market.

Local Government Lawyer

Daventry District Council (DDC) is currently legally challenging two planning appeal decisions

Daventry District Council is legally challenging two planning appeal decisions. It is contesting how an appeal inspector dealt with adopted local plan policies and how a separate inspector dealt with a five-year supply issue and whether the local planning authority was unreasonable to request affordable housing for a development of five dwellings.

Daventry District Council