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Legal briefs: Man fined for illegal extension in Barking; Key ruling and advice on encampment injunctions

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 18 January-24 January 2020.

Man fined for illegal extension in Barking

A Barking resident has been fined £15,000 for illegally extending his property without planning permission.

The Planner

Key ruling and advice on encampment injunctions

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by the London Borough of Bromley over a High Court judge’s refusal to grant a borough-wide injunction on encampments at all accessible public spaces. It has also issued wider guidance on how local authorities should deal with what was acknowledged to be a “pressing issue”, given the number of other councils considering or already taking similar legal action.

Local Government Lawyer

Quashed Carmarthenshire decision notice cost council £24k

Carmarthenshire Council is facing £24,000 legal costs after agreeing to a court order quashing a planning decision notice that had been altered for a scheme put forward by a food writer and cook.

Wales Online

Skipton housing approval judicial review

Craven District Council has confirmed that it is seeking a judicial review of a planning inspector's decision to approve 98 new homes in Skipton without making provision for extra school places.

Craven Herald

Cork residents challenge road project ruling

A campaign group representing up to 10,000 County Cork residents is hoping to challenge a High Court decision that allows Transport Infrastructure Ireland to proceed with plans for a €220 million highways project on the outskirts of the city.

Irish Times

Resident wins permission for judicial review challenge over HS2 tunnel design

A resident who lives near the planned route of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line has won the right to bring a judicial review against its tunnel design under London’s Euston station.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court rejects challenge to decision by planning inspector despite errors

A planning inspector made minor errors when considering a planning appeal in Essex, but these were not significant enough to invalidate the decision letter, the High Court has ruled. This follows a case involving proposals for 200 homes, a three-hectare park, landscaping and associated infrastructure at Thorpe-le-Soken.

Local Government Lawyer