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Legal updates

Public matters - March 2018

This edition includes updates on procurement, planning conditions, the Highways Code of Conduct, and human rights and social services.


Legal updates

Consultation on pre-commencement conditions: improving the use of planning conditions?

There has been concern that despite the number of planning permissions being granted for new homes increasing in line with government housing policy, this is not translating into the expected new homes, and unnecessary pre-commencement conditions are seen as one of the reasons for this deficit.


Legal updates

The revised Highways Code of Practice: a seismic shift or business as usual?

The date for highway authorities to adopt the risk based approach that underpins the Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice is fast approaching.


Legal updates

LiPS service? or real reform, soon…?

The Government has promised to implement, virtually in full, the Law Commission proposals for reform of the law on deprivation of liberty and the Mental Capacity Act. But when will it happen?


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