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Garden cities: development corporations to be locally led

Local authorities have been granted oversight authority status for new town development corporations. Regulations came into force on 24 July 2018. Here are the headlines.

25 July 2018

Permitted development rights: change of use of agricultural buildings to residential

Permitted development rights allowing the change of use of agricultural buildings to residential have been expanded to allow up to five homes.
02 July 2018

Highway maintenance and obstruction: liability of adjacent landowners

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal considers whether adjacent landowners owe a duty of care to highway users.
26 June 2018

Planning permission law: when are you safe from challenge by judicial review?

In a surprising and somewhat controversial result, the High Court has quashed a planning permission as a result of a Judicial Review claim brought over five years late.
29 May 2018

Compulsory purchase guidance: new advice from the Scottish government

New guidance from the Scottish government was published at the end of April 2018. We look at the key points.
23 May 2018

Crichel Down Rules: new case law guidance

The case of Charlesworth v Crossrail Ltd[2018] has offered new judicial guidance on the Crichel Down Rules. This new guidance is of importance to local authorities and landowners..

23 May 2018

Village green law: is land held for a statutory purpose protected from registration?

The Court of Appeal has decided when land can be registered as a town or village green by limiting the use of the ‘statutory incompatibility’ test. 
16 May 2018

Alternative development proposals: how do they affect CPO validity?

The case of Swish Estates has re-stated the Margate principles when considering the validity of a CPO where a landowner has put forward an alternative development proposal.
02 May 2018

Compulsory purchase order process: key steps to secure a CPO

An overview of the compulsory purchase order process for acquiring authorities and interested parties. Our timeline sets out the key stages to secure a CPO.
11 April 2018

CPO and compensation: important changes to planning and CPO law

This article looks at a number of provisions relevant to compulsory acquisition in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016 that come into force on 6 April 2018.
28 March 2018

Can local authorities adopt energy efficiency standards that exceed Building Regulations?

An English local authority can add energy efficiency requirements to its local plan which exceed the energy requirements of Building Regulations. We explore the key points for local authorities.
26 March 2018

Planning Consultations: NPPF and developer contributions under the microscope

The consultations on the revised NPPF and developer contributions close on 10 May. Here are the highlights for developers, landowners and local authorities
09 March 2018
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