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15 September 2022

Increasing pupil numbers

As part of an academy’s future planning, it may look to increase the number of pupils admitted. Increasing an a...

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2 September 2022

Self-build exemption from Community Infrastructure Levy does not apply to retrospective planning permissions: Court of Appeal

In the recent case of Gardiner v Hertsmere Borough Council [2022] EWCA Civ 1162 the Court of Appeal confirmed that…

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26 August 2022

High Court quashes planning permission due to a failure to consider emerging planning policies

In the recent case of Worthing Borough Council v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities [2022] EWHC…

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16 August 2022

A born again building – when is a ‘new’ old building substantially complete?

It is possible to carry out such degree of works to an existing building that it becomes a new building....

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6 May 2022

What are the planning implications of property guardians for commercial buildings?

The use of ‘property guardians’ in commercial unoccupied buildings has raised several legal issues for the courts. What is a&hel...

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6 April 2022

Disputing late CIL liability notices – the dos and don’ts

Recent High Court decisions have emphasised the issues and legal means of challenging a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) liability notice...

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21 January 2022

Planning enforcement orders and how they apply to mixed-use planning units

Where there has been an apparent breach of planning control that has been deliberately concealed, a planning authority can apply...

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13 January 2022

Can traffic orders be made on private roads? Clarification from the High Court

Local traffic authorities can make orders regulating the use of roads to which the public have access. This can range...

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13 December 2021

The ever-evolving Community Infrastructure Levy

The ever-evolving Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime can be tricky to navigate even for experienced developers. The regime, by its...

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10 December 2021

Environment Act introduces mandatory biodiversity net gain requirement

The Environment Act 2021, which was given royal assent on 9 November, will introduce a new mandatory biodiversity net gain…

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