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Legal briefs: Jail for Kent landowner in woodland row

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of legal news: 30 October-5 November, 2021

Jail for Kent landowner in woodland row

A landowner who breached a High Court injunction preventing illegal development on woodland in the Kent village of Vigo has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. The case involved Gravesham Borough Council and the felling of protected trees at a green belt site in the Meopham Down Special Landscape Area.

Local Government Lawyer

Hounslow Council collects £350k over ‘beds in sheds’ enforcement

Three landlords have been ordered to pay more than £350,000 in fines, confiscation order and costs after being prosecuted by Hounslow Council for having so-called ‘beds in sheds’, which were the subject of planning enforcement by the West London local authority.

Local Government Lawyer

East Riding pub demolition ends in £32k fine

A property developer has been fined £32,000 for demolishing a pub – the 200-year-old Travellers Rest – located in a conservation area in Long Riston following a prosecution brought by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Local Government Lawyer

Barnet litigant landed with £17k costs after ‘hopeless’ planning challenge

The High Court has awarded the London Borough of Barnet costs of nearly £17,000 against a resident described by Mr Justice Julian Knowles as having pursued a “hopeless” planning case involving a challenge to consent for two three-storey residential buildings next to the claimant’s property, where she holds a 20-year lease for a garage.

Local Government Lawyer

Latest twist in Southampton Airport expansion saga

A group that last month failed to win permission for a judicial review challenge over Eastleigh Borough Council’s authorisation of a runway expansion at Southampton Airport has renewed its application.

Local Government Lawyer

Chilterns tunnel challenge hearing

The High Court has held an oral hearing into an application by campaigners for permission to bring a judicial review challenge of the consent given by the Environment Agency for a twin-bore tunnel to be constructed under part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding National Beauty as part of works for the HS2 project.

Local Government Lawyer

Casement Park stadium heads to court

A residents' group has filed a legal challenge over the redevelopment of Belfast’s Casement Park into a 34,578-seater stadium – a scheme approved by infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon in July.

Belfast Live

Fast-track Sandymount approval under fire

The board of a Dublin primary school has been given permission to challenge the fast-track approval for a €50 million build-to-rent apartment complex of 112 units in Sandymount, County Dublin.

Irish Times

Bromley personal trainer loses garden shed gym case

The High Court has dismissed all grounds advanced by a Bromley personal trainer who runs a gym in his garden shed in a planning dispute with the secretary of state for housing, local government and communities.

Local Government Lawyer

Barnet SPG challenge

A Hendon resident is bringing a judicial review challenge over the lawfulness of a supplementary planning document approved by the Policy & Resources Committee of Barnet Council.

Local Government Lawyer

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