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Legal briefs: Landlord fined £60k for mistreating tenants; SoS decision blocking Milton Keynes development quashed

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 22 June-28 June, 2019

Landlord to pay £60k fine for mistreating tenants

A Brent landlord has been found guilty of licensing breaches that made tenants’ lives a misery and been ordered to pay a £60,170 fine. 

The Planner

SoS decision blocking Milton Keynes development quashed

The High Court has quashed a decision by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government that had overturned an inspector’s recommendation to allow a 203-home development at Milton Keynes opposed by the city council.

Local Government Lawyer

No ‘smoking gun’ of impropriety in £20m Causeway hotel planning, court hears

Judgment has been reserved following the High Court challenge over a new £20 million hotel and leisure resort near Portstewart on Antrim’s north coast approved by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Milford Haven wheeled shed defence fails to cut the mustard

A man who fitted wheels to a shed built in front of a 12th century listed priory near Milford Haven in a bid to avoid a planning enforcement notice issued by Pembrokeshire County Council has lost the legal argument that the development was not a building, and collected a fine and costs totalling over £3,000.

BBC News

ABP approval for fast-track Galway scheme overturned

The High Court has overturned a Bord Pleanála ‘fast-track’ approval for a 197-home development in Bearna, County Galway.

Irish Independent

Strathbane development block reversed

The Court of Session has quashed a planning reporter’s decision to refuse an appeal over Gladman Development’s proposals for 70 new homes and a cemetery in the Stirlingshire village of Strathbane.

Scottish Housing News

Legal challenge to building by Dartmouth Square residents to be fast-tracked

A legal challenge by Dartmouth Square residents in South Dublin over planning approval from An Bord Pleanála for the redevelopment of a building near their homes into offices is to be fast-tracked in the Commercial Court. 

Irish Times