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With a new Conservative government elected in 2015, the planning reform continues. Concerns about productivity have put the planning system under further scrutiny whilst, at the same time, public sector cost-cutting is eating into the capacity of Local Planning Authorities to deliver; creating a climate of conflict as the Courts continue to be part of the battleground between different interests. All of this continues to be overshadowed by European environmental law. Our long-established planning team continually monitors the changes coming through the planning system and provides up-to-date advice to help you meet your objectives.

what we do...

  • Our clients - over 150 public sector clients, including government agencies, local authorities, health and education services, plus registered social landlords, private developers, luxury goods, food and drink and value retailers.

  • Specialists in planning law - consultancy, site promotion, applications, appeals, s106 planning obligations, community infrastructure levy agreements, judicial review and challenges, enforcement and compulsory purchase.

  • More than planning - environmental specialists and experts in development, construction, property acquisition and disposal, property disputes, highways, compulsory purchase, regeneration.

  • More than planning - environmental specialists and experts in development, construction, property acquisition and disposal, property disputes, highways, compulsory purchase, regeneration.

  • Nine dedicated lawyers and one qualified chartered planner– members and legal associates of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Community-focused - working with community representatives and undertaking pro-bono planning aid work.

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Public matters - February 2020

This month includes public procurement, planning, the Clean Air Bill, rent regulation, and in loco parentis in schools.

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Legal updates

Local planning authorities may now agree to extend the time period for determining prior approval applications

On 31 January 2020 the High Court handed down judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWHC 161 Admin

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Legal updates

Local authority ordered to disclose legally privileged material under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

In the recent case of Brooksbank v Information Commissioner and another (EA/2018/0226), the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (FTT(IR)) ordered a Local Authority to disclose its instructions to Queen’s Counsel to advise the Council in respect of a planning decision under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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Legal updates

EE Ltd and Hutchinson 3G UK Ltd v the Trustees of Meyrick 1968 Combined Trust of Meyrick Estate Management [2019] UKUT 164 (LC)

Landowners were unable to show that they had a genuine intention to redevelop land to enable them to oppose the imposition of code rights under the Electronic Communications Code 2017.

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