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Legal briefs: Parish council wins ‘decisive’ High Court fight over rural homes

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

A round-up of legal news: 10 December-16 December, 2016

Parish council wins ‘decisive’ High Court fight over rural homes

The High Court has ruled that Babergh District Council’s decision to allow 10 homes to be built in East Bergholt, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was flawed as it did not take account of the village’s needs – as set out in the Suffolk planning authority’s own local plan.


£250,000 confiscation order for illegal building work

A £250,000 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has been obtained by Brent Council against a company who rented out an illegally converted house in Wembley.

Brent Council

Government will be challenged in the courts over Heathrow decision

Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, together with Greenpeace and a resident of Hillingdon, have served legal papers on the government for unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow.

Wandsworth Borough Council

Injunction granted preventing €12m housing project work interference

Ireland’s High Court has granted a temporary injunction preventing interference with work on a new €12m social housing project in west Ballyfermot, Dublin.

Irish Independent