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In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
Legislation could permit landowners to voluntarily agree that certain things should be required or prohibited in respect of a piece of land for conservation purposes.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
On 31 July 2014, the government published a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
Various amendments have been made to the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
On 2 July, the EU Commission published a number of documents aimed at moving the EU towards a circular economy.
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.
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.