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Legal briefs: High Court critical of Pickles’ approach to neighbourhood planning

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 8 May-15 May, 2015

Council loses in Court of Appeal over permission by neighbour for urban extension

Luton Borough Council has failed in a Court of Appeal challenge to a decision by neighbouring authority Central Bedfordshire Council to grant planning permission for an urban extension involving up to 5,000 homes in the green belt.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court critical of Pickles’ approach to neighbourhood planning appeal

The High Court has allowed an appeal against the decision of outgoing communities secretary Eric Pickles to block a 120-home development in a West Sussex village after Pickles was found to have placed too much weight on the policies of an emerging neighbourhood plan and failed properly to justify his decision in line with government planning policy.


Kensington ‘beach hut’ house owner refuses to repaint building

Neighbours of the Kensington town house painted in red and white stripes to annoy opponents of plans to demolish it to create a new house plus a basement are mounting a legal challenge over consent for the scheme, won on appeal. The owner of the house also faces action from Kensington & Chelsea Council, which wants the stripes removed as the planning authority claims they adversely affect the amenity of a conservation area.


Environment minister Mark H Durkan’s decision to approve major Newry development was legally flawed, High Court hears

The decision by Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan to approve a major mixed-used development on the outskirts of Newry was legally flawed, Belfast High Court was told this week.

Belfast Telegraph