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Legal briefs: Shell Centre redevelopment, council to challenge Welsh Streets decision

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

A round-up of legal news: 27 February - 6 March, 2015

High Court dismisses challenge to Shell Centre redevelopment

A High Court challenge over the proposed redevelopment of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank has failed even though the judge said the conduct of the planning inspector who held the public inquiry into the proposals was “consistent with judicial misconduct”.


Gravesend Heritage Quarter planning challenge fails

A controversial £125 million redevelopment scheme that divided opinion in Gravesend, Kent, was given planning permission lawfully, the High Court has ruled after rejecting the case brought by local amenity campaigners Urban Gravesham.

BBC News

Council to challenge Welsh Streets decision

Liverpool City Council has decided to go to the High Court to challenge the decision by communities secretary Eric Pickles to reject the proposed regeneration of the Welsh Streets.

Liverpool Express

Stafford Borough Council wins High Court battle against developer wanting to build more homes in Hixon

Developer Gladman has lost its court battle over the level of housing provision set out in Stafford Borough’s adopted Local Plan.

Staffordshire Newsletter

Council fails to get development plan document challenge from parish struck out

Nottingham City Council has failed in a bid to have a legal challenge brought by Calverton Parish Council over its Core Strategy struck out for being out of time.

Government Lawyer

Shipdham wind turbine ban remains – High Court rules 

An energy company that was denied planning permission for two 100-metres high wind turbines at a farm in Shipdham, near Dereham, Norfolk, because of danger to low-flying aircraft has failed in a High Court challenge. Ecotricity (Next Generation) Ltd had branded the dismissal of its appeal by communities secretary Eric Pickles as “irrational”.

National Wind Watch

Town-wide injunction to protect Harlow from unauthorised traveller encampments

Harlow Council and Essex County Council have been granted an ‘unprecedented’ interim town-wide injunction from the High Court banning the setting up of unauthorised traveller encampments in Harlow. The ban names 35 travellers and covers some 454 ‘parcels’ of land.

Harlow Council