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Sarah Sackman
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Ikram v Secretary of State for Housing and Communities & Another [2021] EWCA Civ 2 and in doing so has upheld the decision of Lang. J to quash an Inspector’s decision letter granting planning permission for use of land in Brent as a Mosque. The Secretary of State as well Trustees of the Charity Islamic Link and the Bubal Murad Centre had...
Annabel Graham Paul
In Ceredigion County Council v Robinson (No 2) [2020] EWHC 3425 (Admin), the Divisional Court (Stuart-Smith LJ and Jefford J) have held that an information under s. 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 does not need expressly to state the date by which an enforcement notice should have been complied with. Authority to the contrary, Maltedge and Frost v Wokingham DC [1992] 64 P & CR...
Richard Honey
The High Court has granted permission to proceed with a judicial review of the decision of Thanet District Council to grant planning permission for 38 residential dwellings adjacent to a Special Educational Needs school in Kent. The Claimant is a parent of a child at the school.   Mrs Justice Lang DBE has granted permission on all five grounds, relating to the approach taken to the impact of the...
Meyric Lewis
Anglian Water Services Limited have succeeded in their judicial review of the Environment Agency’s classification of a number of popular Lincolnshire bathing waters within Anglian Water’s region under the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2013.  The bathing waters at Cleethorpes, Humberston Fitties and Ingoldmells South beaches had all formerly been classed as “excellent” but were downgraded to...
Gregory Jones QC
Mrs Justice Lang DBE has this week granted permission on all eight grounds in R (Brook Avenue Residents Against Development) v Fareham Borough Council and (1) Lorraine Louise Hanslip; (2) Michael Hanslip; (3) Thomas Lewis Hanslip; (4) Natural England (CO/4168/2020).   The challenge is to the grant of outline planning permission for the construction of eight detached houses and associated works in...
Gregory Jones QC
Waltham Forest Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a new ice venue in East London. The Lee Valley Ice Centre would be built on the site of the current single pad venue in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton. It would comprise two Olympic-sized rinks side by side, a café, gym, exercise studios and community spaces that would be open to everyone.  Given its status as  strategic planning...
Charles Merrett
The High Court has granted permission to judicially review the decision of Norfolk County Council to formally respond as statutory consultee, in their capacity as Highways Authority, to an application for planning permission submitted by Ben Burgess Ltd to South Norfolk District Council for the development of a new operational headquarters. Norfolk County Council initially responded in January...
Charles Streeten
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWCA Civ 1756 and has upheld the judgment of Holgate J. in [2020] EWHC 161 Admin. Three substantive judgements were given by Newey, Hickinbottom, and Henderson LJJ, all of whom upheld the first instance decision that the time limit for approving an application for prior...
Mark Westmoreland Smith
The High Court has handed down judgment on the appropriate remedy to be granted to a Claimant Gliding Club who had successfully challenged the lawfulness of a Council’s decision to grant prior approval for development only for all parties to discover (after the hearing was completed) that the decision had been of no legal effect because it had been notified out of time such that the developer had...
Morag Ellis QC
A Planning Inspector has dismissed two joined appeals brought by the Government’s Department for Education and Science against decisions of the London Borough of Camden refusing planning permission and listed building consent for a change of use and associated works to convert the Grade II listed Former Hampstead Police Station at Rosslyn Hill, London NW3 1PD into a one form entry Primary School...

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