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Legal briefs: Sheikh loses appeal against 200-home DERA site development

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

A round-up of legal news: 16 January-22 January, 2016

Sheikh loses appeal against 200-home DERA site development

Smech Properties, a company owned by the ruler of Dubai has failed in an attempt to block the development of the former DERA site at Longcross, near Chertsey, where Runnymede Borough Council has allowed Crest Nicholson to build 200 homes on a green belt site.

Get Surrey

Court of Appeal hears key cases on ‘policies for the supply of housing’

The Appeal Court has been hearing joint appeals on the meaning of a key section of the National Planning Policy Framework relating to “policies for the supply of housing”. In court it was claimed that three competing interpretations have emerged from recent High Court rulings.

Local Government Lawyer

Planning Court to hear key case on residential gardens and brownfield land

The Planning Court has today begun hearing a case brought by Dartford Borough Council over whether some private residential gardens can be considered to be brownfield land.

Local Government Lawyer

Liverpool's Lime Street revamp approved after legal bid rejected

A £35 million regeneration scheme around Lime Street in Liverpool city centre is due to go ahead after the High Court rejected a legal bid by conservationist group Save British Heritage to overturn planning permission from the city council.

BBC News

Family to pay back £50k after illegally renting out garden building

A family in High Wycombe has been forced to pay back more than £50,000 after illegally redeveloping an outbuilding and renting it out. The confiscation order followed legal action by Wycombe District Council.

Bucks Free Press

Council obtains final injunction over demolition of historic pub 

A High Court judge has granted a final injunction to Westminster Council preventing any further demolition works or other unauthorised development on the site of a historic public house in Maida Vale that was substantially demolished last year -just before it was due to be recommended for listing by Heritage England.

Local Government Lawyer