West country farmer Trevor Sedgbeer has waged a long-running battle with South Hams District Council against an order that he demolish a house he built without planning consent at the village of Stoke Gabriel. He has been to both the High Court and Court of Appeal in his battle. However, rather than obey a High Court order to pull down the property he buried it under tons of earth. The authority is returning to court seeking a breach of the demolition order.
Law Society secretary general John Hayes is to resign in the spring. Hayes’ departure to head a new Occupational Pensions Authority will bring to a close an unprecedented period of infighting between the society’s two leading figures. The president, Martin Mears, a staunch opponent of Hayes, said the next secretary general should be the president’s […]