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Legal briefs: Surrey couple jailed over enforcement breaches; Law Society warning on planning condition reforms

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 3 March-9 March, 2018

Surrey couple jailed over enforcement breaches

A husband and wife in Surrey have been jailed for a combined total of more than 12 years after they failed to pay back £1.4 million owed under a confiscation order imposed for planning breaches at Padd Farm, Egham, which were the subject of enforcement action by Runnymede Borough Council.

Runnymede Borough Council

Law Society warning on planning condition reforms

The Law Society has warned that the UK Government’s proposed new approach to planning conditions in England is ‘overly prescriptive and risked generating more appeals because of refusal or non-determination of planning applications’.

Local Government Lawyer

Hertfordshire crematorium consent quashed

The High Court has quashed planning permission given by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council for a crematorium, ruling that the local authority did not properly consider capacity at a nearby facility.

Local Government Lawyer

Welsh wind farm DCO challenge fails

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a judicial review challenge to then-UK energy secretary Amber Rudd’s decision to refuse development consent for the proposed Mynnyd Y Gwynt onshore wind farm scheme because the developer could not show the level of risk the scheme posed to the red kite population of the adjoining Elenydd Mallaen Special Protection Area.

Bircham Dyson Bell

Bath housing estate demo u-turn

A social landlord has announced that it will no longer pursue plans for the large-scale demolition and regeneration of a housing estate in Bath following a legal challenge to the outline planning permission for the proposals.

Local Government Lawyer

Planning inspector cross-examination

A High Court judge has taken the unusual step of allowing an appellant involved in a challenge over an enforcement appeal to cross-examine the planning inspector involved.

Landmark Chambers