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Opinion: Trust and transparency in environmental data and communications

May 26, 2020

Market lead for environment & planning at GHD New Zealand, Stephen Douglass, argues that public participation looks to be a likely cost of the proposed COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting)…

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Gov’s plan for back to school: teachers weren’t consulted

May 18, 2020

Teaching unions have called the government’s plan to open schools ’flawed and unworkable’, adding that teachers were never consulted. Education professionals expressed their astonishment at the Department of Education, Sports…

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Council legal challenge against link road refused in High Court

May 11, 2020

A council’s attempt to get a judicial review of another authority’s decision to back the building of £64.6m road has been rejected at the High Court. The M1 to A6…

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Scottish Council lose JR against Scottish Gov

May 11, 2020

TCI Comment An interesting little case here, which, although it does not majorly advance or develop the extant law, does highlight the importance of accuracy in consultation documents. The failure…

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DfE threatened with JR over relaxation of statutory duties

May 11, 2020

The government has been threatened with legal action over changes to council’s statutory duties to vulnerable young people after publishing guidance aimed at clarifying the use of amended legislation. On…

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Health Sect confirms local hospital temporary change will be temporary

May 7, 2020

The trust which runs Chorley and South Ribble Hospital says that a claim by the health secretary that the site’s accident and emergency unit will reopen “as soon as possible”…

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Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

May 7, 2020

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their own alternative. Durham county council wants a new selective…

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Scottish Council looks online to conduct local development plan consultation

May 7, 2020

Aberdeenshire Council is preparing to focus on an online means of public engagement as part of an eight-week consultation on its Proposed Local Development Plan 2020 (LDP). In light of…

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Traffic decision deferred to allow consultation with local council

May 7, 2020

Publicity of the scheme coincided with the start of the coronavirus lockdown, a Central Bedfordshire Council traffic management meeting heard. It meant residents, including local councillors, were unable to respond…

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