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Legal briefs: TfL to defend judicial review over construction of cycle superhighway

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

A round-up of legal news: 22 August-28 August, 2015

TfL to defend judicial review over construction of cycle superhighway

Transport for London is to defend a judicial review challenge from black cab drivers over the construction of a cycling ‘superhighway’ on the Embankment in London. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association says TfL should have sought planning permission before beginning construction, rather than have the project coming under permitted development rules.

Local Government Lawyer

Judge quashes decision by Pickles refusing permission for gypsy site

A High Court judge has quashed a decision by former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles to refuse planning permission for a site where a gypsy and his family have lived since 2008. Pickles’ decision went against the recommendation of the planning inspector who considered the appeal triggered by the original refusal of Bedford Borough Council. The inspector concluded that permission should be granted for a limited period of two years. The current communities secretary will have to consider the case.

Local Government Lawyer 

Council pursues contempt of court proceedings in concealed house dispute

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has lodged a claim for contempt of court proceedings in the latest stage of its long-running battle with a farmer over a house he built behind straw bales.

Local Government Lawyer