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Legal briefs: Welsh Government settles land deals case; £30k fine for Essex green belt development

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 7 November-13 November, 2020

Welsh Government settles land deals case

The Welsh Government has settled legal action against Amber Fund Management and Lambert Smith Hampton in relation to the portfolio sale of 15 properties in 2012. The action was initiated by the Regeneration Investment Fund (RIFW) for Wales in December 2017. The Wales Audit Office had concluded “due to flaws in the way RIFW was established, in the selection of assets and also in the sale process itself, neither RIFW nor the Welsh Government are able to demonstrate that value for money was achieved from the portfolio sale transaction”.

Local Government Lawyer

£30k fine for Essex green belt development

Thurrock Council has taken successful court action against three men who built on Essex green belt land without permission. The council secured a court order over the construction of hardstanding and septic tanks at a site in Ockendon. The defendants were ordered to pay the council £30,000.

Local Government Lawyer

Dublin co-living scheme heads to court

Locals are mounting a High Court challenge over An Bord Pleanála’s approval for a co-living development on Dublin’s North Great George’s Street.

Irish Times

Judicial review for Mid Suffolk housing at Woolpit

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review into Mid Suffolk District Council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for 300 dwellings and associated development in the village of Woolpit.

Local Government Lawyer