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Legal briefs: London borough defeats High Court challenge to basement policy, Powys campsite owners lose £100,000 compensation bid

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

A round-up of legal news: 25 July - 31 July, 2015

London borough defeats High Court challenge to basement policy

A property developer who painted red and white stripes on her west London townhouse has lost her planning battle challenging Kensington and Chelsea Council’s basement development policy.

Local Government Lawyer

Powys campsite owners lose £100,000 compensation bid

The owners of a controversial caravan park and campsite business in the Brecon Beacons National Park which had to shut after its planning permission was quashed following a legal challenge have failed in a compensation claim against a barrister who advised them.

BBC News 

Former Arla Foods development can now go ahead

A judicial review of Hillingdon Council's decision to approve planning permission for a £100 million regeneration of the former Arla Foods site on Victoria Road, South Ruislip has been dismissed. The development, including 132 new homes, restaurants, a cinema and an Asda supermarket, can now go-ahead. The judicial review was prompted by Sainsbury’s.

Hillingdon Council

Opposition may force council out of €145m plant lease

A local authority is seeking legal advice on whether it can back out of a lease agreement for a controversial €145m gasification plant.


Wildlife charity loses High Court battle over impact of development on bats

A wildlife charity has failed in a High Court challenge to Teignbridge District Council’s grant of outline planning permission for a 230-home development at Chudleigh, Devon, over the impact of the proposed scheme on a rare type of bat.

Local Government Lawyer