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15/09/2017

Legal briefs: Rogue landlord has three months to pay £338,000 in court fines

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 9 September-15 September, 2017

Rogue landlord has three months to pay £338,000 in court fines

A London landlord who illegally converted a hotel into 26 squalid flats has been landed with more than £338,000 in fines after a judge called the development “a clear and flagrant breach of planning law”.

Brent Council

Planning Court judge slams ‘largely irrelevant’ 2,000-page claim

A Planning Court judge has criticised the 'inappropriate manner' in which a claim involving Network Rail was put before him, with “six volumes comprising over 2,000 pages of largely irrelevant material”.

Local Government Lawyer

Campaigner challenges Canterbury Local Plan over air pollution breach

An environmental campaigner will challenge Canterbury City Council’s adoption of its local plan, claiming that it breaches procedural requirements over air pollution issues.

Local Government Lawyer

Developer challenges Cheshire East Local Plan over air quality measurement

Muller Homes has launched a legal challenge to Cheshire East Council’s local plan over whether air quality was measured correctly.

Local Government Lawyer

Judge backs council on Moneystone holiday lodges

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has successfully defended its decision to allow a development of 250 holiday lodges and leisure facilities at Moneystone Quarry.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Renewable Heat Incentive: Firm launches legal bid

A major County Antrim business is taking the Department for the Economy to court over plans for a power plant linked to the Renewable Heat Incentive after spending significant sums on consultancy fees during the planning process.

BBC Northern Ireland

Judges order fresh hearing on damage caused by protected tree

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) must reconsider a case in which it awarded compensation of £25,000 against South Gloucestershire Council over damage caused by an oak subject to a tree preservation order, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Local Government Lawyer

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