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20/09/2019

Legal briefs: Maida Vale landlord’s planning offence costs him over £500k; Air quality challenge over Swale housing proposals fails

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 14 September-20 September, 2019

Maida Vale landlord’s planning offence costs him over £500k

Westminster City Council has secured its highest ever penalty for a planning offence following enforcement action over a case where a Maida Vale landlord divided his three-bedroom home into eight flats without permission which resulted in fines, costs and a confiscation order which totalled £530,000.

Local Government Lawyer

Air quality challenge over Swale housing proposals fails

The Court of Appeal has rejected a developer’s challenge to a planning inspector's decision on air quality over proposals for two major housing schemes proposed for sites at Newington, Kent which were not allocated for development in the Swale District Council’s local plan.

Local Government Lawyer

Portstewart leisure resort consent quashed and must be reconsidered

Planning permission for a new £20 million hotel and leisure resort near the coastal town of Portstewart in Co Londonderry has been formally quashed and must now be reconsidered, a High Court judge has ruled.

Belfast Telegraph

Sevenoaks Council prosecutes green belt incursion

A Kent resident who built on the green belt without permission has been successfully prosecuted by Sevenoaks District Council and fined and surcharged a total of £1,840, including costs.

Sevenoaks District Council

Dublin docklands developer hit in pocket over height case

The High Court has ordered a company owned by developer Johnny Ronan to pay the legal costs of Dublin City Council over its failed challenge to the local authority’s interpretation of building-height guidelines for a docklands development.

Irish Times

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