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‘Fundamentally undemocratic’: High Court Judge questions the lawfulness of Council’s planning policy

December 13, 2019

tCI Commentary: At the Institute, we’ve followed this saga and it features heavily in our Law of Consultation courses. The implications were far reaching and it now appears it will…

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High court ruling that legal experts say will ease green belt release

December 13, 2019

A High Court ruling on a challenge to a Surrey local plan may make it easier for both councils and developers to make the case for releasing green belt via…

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Council to take allotment holders back to High Court on appeal

December 12, 2019

Allotment holders in Huddersfield who won a judicial review to save their plots from being bulldozed face a new battle in the High Court in London. Kirklees Council has been…

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NFU launches legal challenge against Gov badger decision

December 12, 2019

The NFU has launched a judicial review challenging the government’s decision not to grant badger culling licences to control bovine TB in Derbyshire. In September, Defra announced that culling licensee…

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Court told – Stroke review failed to account for health inequalities

December 6, 2019

The NHS in Kent failed to take account of its duty to reduce inequalities when it decided where to place hyperacute stroke services, a court was told. The eight Kent…

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Parish Council file judicial review against District Council

December 6, 2019

A long-running fight over controversial homes in Bures St Mary will now be taken before the High Court, as opponents look to raise up to £30,000 to fund the legal…

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Climate actions rocket up council leaders’ agendas

December 6, 2019

tCI Commentary: If you’re looking for clues to the kind of public consultations we will increasingly see in 2020, read this. The Arup/Centre for Cities Report is rather more interesting than the…

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When consultation IS a Vote …!

December 5, 2019

TCI Commentary: The Institute may be forever telling people that “Consultation is not a vote”, but as this story shows, there are a few occasions when that is exactly what…

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Election threat to Judicial Reviews?

December 5, 2019

Rhion Jones comments Lawyers are beginning to express concern about the threat to Judicial Review – all revealed in a little-noticed paragraph in the Conservative Manifesto. Although probably driven by…

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