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Legal briefs: SoS concedes Purley development decision was flawed; South London homeowner fined for illegal extension

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 9 March-15 March, 2019

SoS concedes Purley development decision was flawed

The housing secretary has accepted that his decision to refuse permission for a 17-storey tower block in Purley, south London, should be quashed and reconsidered after conceding that he failed to give adequate reasons when refusing planning permission.

Local government Lawyer

South London homeowner fined for illegal extension

A Croydon resident has been directed to pay a confiscation order and a fine for illegally extending and converting an outbuilding into a flat, which was then rented out.

The Planner

Dublin faces court date over emergency planning

Residents in the Dublin neighbourhood of Chapelizod are to seek an injunction to stop the city council building a complex of six social housing blocks of flats in the area using emergency planning powers which avoid the need for planning permission.

Irish Times

Co Antrim house challenge fails

A resident has lost a High Court battle over approval by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for a detached house in the seaside village of Portballintrae, Co Antrim, near the Giant's Causeway. 

Belfast Telegraph

East Hertfordshire wins ruling over pub as community asset 

East Hertfordshire District Council has successfully defended its decision to list a currently empty pub – The Cock Inn, Stocking Pelham – as an asset of community value.

Local Government Lawyer

Dover sandbank dredging dispute

A High Court judge has granted a claimant permission for a judicial review of the Marine Management Organisation’s decision to allow Dover Harbour Board to dredge three million tonnes of aggregate from the South Goodwins sandbank which forms part of a proposed Marine Conservation Zone.

Local Government Lawyer

Key ruling on NPPG mandatory requirements 

A High Court judge has handed down an important judgment on the mandatory requirements of the government’s National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) following a case involving Torridge District Council and permission granted for a large out of town retail outlet at Bideford.

Local Government Lawyer