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Consultation in 2021: Prognosis and Predictions

January 11, 2021 By Article

In a sea of uncertainty, the likely future for public consultations is remarkably easy to predict. The experience of 2020 has created a groundswell of scepticism and an increased wariness…

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Do we need to ‘consult’ on option selection? Or just ‘involve’ ?

January 8, 2021 By Article

Challenges to NHS reconfigurations are some of the most common consultation related cases we see in the Courts. The latest in this canon was brought against the Herts Valley CCG…

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The Week in Parliament- What should we expect in 2021?

January 8, 2021 By Article

Well, we’re back and it’s been a quiet start to the year hasn’t it? Can barely think of anything notable that’s happened. So instead of what’s going on right now,…

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2020 – the consultation retrospective

January 8, 2021 By Article

Loathe though we are to unnecessarily return to 2020, it is the time of year where we have a brief look back of the number of public consultations we saw…

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Local Transport controversies in England – more chapter and verse

December 21, 2020 By Article

The controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) saga continues this week…  LTN is a scheme where motor vehicle traffic in residential streets is significantly reduced by minimising the amount of traffic that comes…

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A localised green future- the energy white paper and joined-up thinking

December 18, 2020 By Article

This week saw the publication of the long-awaited energy white paper, probably the most comprehensive overview of how the Government plans to clean up the British energy system and achieve…

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The Year in Parliament

December 18, 2020 By Article

As we’re now at the end of the year, I thought we might take the opportunity to go back through my near-meticulously kept (everyone’s allowed one tautology a year), spreadsheet…

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Supreme-court’s Heathrow turnaround – four implications for public consultations

December 16, 2020 By Article

This morning saw the Supreme Court judgment on R (Friends of the Earth) v Heathrow Airport Ltd [2020] UKSC 52 overturning a Court of Appeal ruling that declared the Government’s…

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The Week in Parliament

December 11, 2020 By Article

We’re nearly there ladies and gentlemen. Where? Well that’s up to you. Perhaps you’re someone eagerly waiting for the sigh of warmth and comfort that is Christmas at the end…

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Paving paradise to reduce access to a parking lot- Experimental Traffic Orders before the Court

December 11, 2020 By Article

This week we saw judgment being handed down in the case of Tomkins v City of London Corporation [2020] EWHC 3357 (Admin), a challenge to the validity of an Experimental…

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