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Legal briefs: Stafford acts over Tudor overmantel removed from listed building; Spaceport clears hurdle

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of legal news: 11 September-17 September, 2021

Stafford Council acts over Tudor overmantel removed from listed building

Stafford Borough Council has secured an injunction to stop a local auction house from selling a 16th century overmantel, thought to be worth a substantial sum, which had been removed from the historic Seighford Hall without listed building consent.

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Sutherland spaceport clears another legal hurdle

Proposals for the construction of Scotland’s first spaceport have cleared another legal hurdle after the Scottish Land Court ruled that crofters can still work on the land outside of rocket launch periods. The Land Court approved a change in land use to enable Highlands and Islands Enterprise to develop the Space Hub Sutherland on Melness Crofters’ Estate, while the land around the rockets hangar and launchpad must remain available to crofters for agricultural use. 

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Camden planning committee disturbance condemned by ex-minister

Camden Council has condemned disturbances at its planning committee last week when members of the public shouted obscenities at councillors and threw a chair. The disruption happened the planning committee permitted four new homes in West Hampstead. Robert Jenrick, then housing secretary, tweeted: “Councillors should never have to experience abuse for doing their jobs. Or for approving much needed new housing.”

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