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Powerday Skip and Waste Container Transport Operation Appeal Dismissed. The appeal was brought by Powerday PLC against the London Borough of Hillingdon against an enforcement notice issued by the council for breaches of planning control for the material change of use of land to a Skip & Waste Container Transport Operation.  The notice was concerned with the night time operation.  The day time...
On 26/67/17 Garnham J rejected an attempt by Chancepixies (an animal charity) to judicially review the grant by North Kesteven District Council of a licence under The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 to Little Rascals; a large commercial breeding establishment (CBE). James Rankin of Francis Taylor Building appeared for the local authority.  The charity argued unsuccessfully that the council, when...
The judgment of the High Court (Mr John Howell QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) in the Stanbury House case has been handed down. The challenge concerned the application by the planning inspector of a "10 % lapse rate" on the Council's 5 year housing land supply.  The Court quashed the grant of planning permission and held That the inspector acted unfairly to apply a lapse rate without...
RiverOak Strategic Partners has successfully secured a refusal of planning permission following a public inquiry into the change of use of various aviation buildings, including an Aircraft Hangar, at Manston Airport in Kent. The new owners of the airport, Lothian Shelf, who closed the Airport soon after its acquisition, have plans for large scale residential re-development upon it. Thanet...
The Supreme Court has found in favour of Westminster City Council in the final hearing before the Supreme Court in the Hemming litigation. Lord Mance held, in a judgment with which all members of the Supreme Court agreed, that although a scheme of Type B (whereby a local authority charges applicants fees for both the administration of licence applications and the management and enforcement of the...
The High Court has struck out a claim for judicial review brought by the Bristol Blue Licensed Taxi Association against Bristol City Council's decision to introduce a new policy that imposes more stringent emissions standards on licensed vehicles.  HHJ Bidder QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, accepted the submission, advanced on behalf of Bristol City Council, that as an...
In a wide-ranging judgment which deals with a number of points of interest on neighbourhood plans, the High Court has dismissed a challenge to the Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan. Hoare v The Vale of White Horse District Council [2017] EWHC 1711 (Admin), (hearing 14-15 June, judgment 07 July 2017) concerned the safeguarding for employment use of Wicklesham Quarry, a Site of Special Scientific...
The High Court has refused permission for a s.288 claim that sought to challenge the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, taken earlier this year, to allow an appeal and grant planning permission for a change of use to a burial ground in the Green Belt in the London Borough of Havering. In applying to bring the challenge, the Claimant, Memorial Gardens Limited...
Paddy Power have been granted a betting premises licence for 128 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 4AX.  An unprecedented number of objections had been received from local residents, as well as from each of the three Ward Councillors. The sub-committee found that many of the objections went to planning matters, and to the issue of demand (which is specifically excluded from consideration by the...
Mark Hill QC and Richard Helmholz
Last night saw the launch of "Great Christian Jurists in English Law", the first in a series of international biographical studies of leading ‎judges and practitioners and the influence of their Christian faith. Jointly edited with Professor Dick Helmholz of the Chicago University, and with a Foreword by Lord Mackay of Clashfern, this volume includes chapters on Bracton, Coke, Mansfield, Denning...

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