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Legal briefs: Islington nets huge confiscation order over illegal conversion; South Downs road rage

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 26 May-1 June, 2018

Islington nets huge confiscation order over illegal conversion

Islington Council has secured a confiscation order of £304,458 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, against a property company that converted a single dwelling into five flats without planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer

South Downs road rage

The South Downs National Park Authority has started court proceedings over Highways England’s choice of a preferred route for the A27 Arundel Scheme. If approved, the road would pass through the Park and ancient woodland at Binsted.

Local Government Lawyer

Illegal vehicle repair business in Wokingham cops big fine

Two companies that allowed an unauthorised vehicle repair business run without planning permission have been ordered to pay more than £120,000 under confiscation orders obtained by Wokingham Borough Council.

Local Government Lawyer

Dublin housing scheme battle goes to court

Three separate High Court cases challenging An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for 100 houses and 400 flats have been formally opened. The proposed development is on a site adjoining St Anne’s Park in north Dublin.

Irish Times

Couple lose fight over Co Cork wind farm

A couple have lost their legal challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s granting of permission for construction of an 11-turbine wind farm near their home and family horticultural business in Co Cork.

Irish Times

Belfast office block consent quashed

A High Court judge has formally quashed Belfast City Council’s decision to approve a new £55 million office block beside an inner-city housing district in the Markets area of the capital.

BBC News

Successful challenge over Cheshire water sports centre permission 

The Administrative Court has quashed Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council’s approval of planning permission for a water sports centre. It emerged that the centre changed from a members-only facility to a public one, without proper notice to objectors.

Local Government Lawyer

Ruling over St Albans open space ACV

An open space can be designated as an asset of community value even if its present use arises from trespass, the Court of Appeal has decided. The ruling  follows a case involving a large field in St Albans.

Local Government Lawyer

Camden disappointed over illegal extension judgement

The London Borough of Camden has deplored a judgement that the resident owner of a listed building – who is a barrister and property specialist – will not be required to remove the extension he built without planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer