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Legal briefs: Judge orders demolition of family chalet, developer withdraws neighbourhood plan challenge

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

A round-up of legal news: 18 April - 24 April, 2015

Judge orders demolition of young family’s wooden chalet home ‘built in gross breach of planning laws’

An order requiring the demolition of the wooden chalet home of a young family in Blessington, Co Wicklow, has been made by a High Court judge. He ruled it had been built in ‘gross’ breach of planning laws.


London borough secures permanent injunction from family occupying any one of 26 parks

Hackney Council has secured a permanent High Court injunction prohibiting 15 identified members of a travelling family from occupying any one of 26 parks within the East London borough. The injunction is based on Hackney’s ownership of the relevant land and in the exercise of its planning powers.

Local Government Lawyer

Developer withdraws challenge to Winslow Neighbourhood Plan

Developer Gladman Developments Ltd has withdrawn its legal challenge in the Court of Appeal over the ‘making’ of Winslow’s Neighbourhood Plan by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC). It has also dropped its High Court challenge to community secretary Eric Pickles’ decision to refuse planning permission for a 211-dwelling residential scheme on land off Verney Road in Winslow, which the SoS argued would go against the neighbourhood plan.

Aylesbury Vale District Council

Naturist spa loses legal challenge

A naturist spa in Surrey green belt near Staines has lost its High Court challenge over an enforcement order requiring the demolition of new buildings that the judge ruled were ‘inappropriate’.

Belfast Telegraph