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Green Belt Policy Remains an Effective Block on Urban Sprawl

Despite intense pressure to build more homes, the Green Belt remains an effective block on urban sprawl and residential developments within it are only permitted in very special circumstances. The High Court made those points in scotching plans for conversion of a storage barn into a single dwelling. The owner of the barn had been refused planning permission by...

Planners’ Rejection of House-Building Scheme ‘Not Inconsistent’

Consistency in official decision-making is important, but the High Court has ruled that a housing developer who endured the galling experience of being refused planning consent just days before rival plans were approved had no cause for complaint. The developer had proposed construction of 225 new homes and a 60-bed care home in a semi-rural area. Planning...

Lease Forfeiture – Tenants Entitled to Full Opportunity to Remedy Defaults

Landlords are entitled to take back possession of their properties from tenants who breach the terms of their leases. However, as one High Court case showed, tenants have a right to expect that statutory procedures are followed to the letter before they are put out on their ear. The freehold owner of a pub served a default notice on the tenant under the lease,...

Independent Scrutiny Essential in Planning Policy Decisions

Local planning policies affect the future character and appearance of entire areas for many years into the future and that is why they must be subjected to rigorous and independent scrutiny before they are adopted. The High Court made that point in overturning a policy document that sought, amongst other things, to dictate the provision of affordable homes over...

Affordable Homes in Rural Areas – Court of Appeal Ruling

Housing developments in the countryside are almost always controversial, but those living in rural areas need affordable homes like anyone else. The Court of Appeal tackled that apparent dichotomy in quashing planning permission for construction of six affordable homes on the outskirts of a small village. The project was the brainchild of a local couple who...

Flooding Hit Funeral Business Wins Right to Compensation

Flooding can cause devastating damage to homes and businesses and, if blame lies with your neighbours, the law will ensure that you are compensated. One case on point involved a funeral business that endured a series of deluges over a six-year period after water diversion works were carried out on adjoining land. The owners of the business had noticed that the...