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The DCLG has published revised criteria for deciding which local planning authorities are to be regarded as ‘poor performers’ in relation to their handling of planning applications.
The last few years have seen a number of steps being taken to transform the planning system into a more transparent, efficient and locally driven process.
Town and village greens — additional trigger events to prevent applications to register TVGs download
Walker Morris provides an update on the Commons (Town and Village Greens) (Trigger and Terminating Events) Order 2014, which came into force on 12 February 2014.
‘By right’ or ‘as of right’: Supreme Court holds that public recreation ground cannot be registered as a village green download
In Barkas, the issue was whether the Helredale playing field could be registered as a village green under section 15(2) of the Commons Act 2006.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
The Supreme Court has clarified the law of private nuisance and made some fundamental changes to previously well-established principles.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
Walker Morris has announced the internal appointment of six directors and 15 associates in a number of key growth areas.
This article will focus on the proposed reforms to judicial review and cost-capping orders, which will affect planning and environmental matters.
Town and village greens — a delay in rectification of a wrong registration is not immaterial download
On 5 February 2014, the Supreme Court heard a joint appeal of two cases with different facts, but with the same issue to be decided.
The Environment Agency has launched its electronic duty of care system, developed as part of the government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’.
Building for the future download
A significant social issue is the lack of housing in the UK, and particularly the fact that an insufficient number of new homes are being built to meet the needs of the growing population.
A court was recently asked to consider the enforceability and extent of two restrictive covenants preventing specific activities in respect of development.
An improving economic outlook has seen activity in the construction industry steadily increasing, culminating in eight months of growth to the end of 2013.
Do you get what you pay for? Reasonable non-reliance clauses defeat misrepresentation claims download
Lloyd v Browning confirms that a seller’s liability for misrepresentation can be excluded by the terms of the contract provided that the exclusion clause is fair and reasonable.
Overriding interests have been a hot topic recently, due to the fact that as of midnight on 12 October 2013 their overriding status was lost.
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 amended the Commons Act 2006 to prevent registration of land as a town or village green once a ‘trigger event’ occurs.
On 4 December 2013, the government published the latest version of the National Infrastructure Plan, which was referred to by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement the following day.
HMRC has updated Notice 700/56 (the Notice), sections 2 and 17 of which refer to LPA receivers.