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Legal briefs: Holt music studio has to be torn down, confiscation order secured over planning breach

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

A round-up of legal news: 11 April - 17 April, 2015

Holt music studio has to be torn down

Wheelchair-bound Nick Allen has lost his High Court battle with Wiltshire Council to keep his disabled-friendly music studio open. He has been ordered to demolish it by September. He had planning permission to rebuild a storage barn in Holt near Bradford on Avon, but it did not cover conversion into a recording studio.

Wiltshire Times

London borough secures confiscation order over planning breach

Ealing Council has secured a £66,000 confiscation order against a homeowner who illegally converted a property in West London into three flats without planning permission in 2010.

Local Government Lawyer 

Legal action considered over the demolition of Maida Vale pub

Westminster City Council is considering legal action over the demolition of a pub in Maida Vale, West London, that was in line for listing and for which no prior approval for demolition had been granted following a failed bid for a redevelopment scheme.

Daily Mail

Legal challenge to Mendip's local plan withdrawn

Gladman Developments Ltd has confirmed it has dropped its High Court challenge to Mendip District Council’s local plan over the adequacy of the strategy’s housing provision.

Mendip District Council