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Legal briefs: Judge quashes Khan’s decision to designate Bromley town centre as housing zone

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

A round-up of legal news: 1 April-7 April, 2017

Judge quashes Khan’s decision to designate Bromley town centre as housing zone

A High Court judge has quashed a decision by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to designate Bromley Town Centre as a housing zone.

Local Government Lawyer

Couple lose High Court enforcement battle over extent of house alteration

A Surrey couple must demolish a house that they extended on such a large scale as to render it a new structure, according to a Court of Appeal ruling. Their arts and crafts style cottage in the Green Belt was added to so extensively that the council served an enforcement notice requiring demolition.

Local Government Lawyer

District council to challenge decisions by planning inspector on wind turbines

North Norfolk District Council is to challenge the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow appeals against refusals of planning permission for two separate wind turbine schemes.

Local Government Lawyer

Council defeats High Court challenge to masterplan and planning permissions

A Planning Court judge has dismissed three judicial review challenges to Newcastle City Council’s adoption of a master plan for a major development and two subsequent grants of planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer

Council loses Court of Appeal HMO battle over bedroom sizes and students

Nottingham City Council has lost its bid in the Court of Appeal to challenge a condition on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences restricting the occupation of bedrooms to an occupier.

Local Government Lawyer

Council in court over €7m-a-year car park

Clare County Council's €7 million-a-year 'cash cow' at the Cliffs of Moher - one of the country's most popular visitor attractions - is under threat. A private firm, Diamrem Ltd, has built park-and-ride facilities at Doolin and Liscannor to serve the cliffs, and is taking High Court action seeking the closure of the council's temporary car-park at the cliffs which the firm claims is unlawful.

Irish Independent

Mr Justice Holgate named Planning Liaison Judge

Mr Justice Holgate has been appointed as Planning Liaison Judge by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division. The role involves overseeing the operation of the Planning Court and responsibilities include identifying those cases which might be particularly substantial or difficult and allocating them to a judge with relevant expertise.

Local Government Lawyer