News February 2017

27 Feb 2017

Examining Local Plan Reasons and Inspectors’ Guidelines

William Upton discusses the Planning Court’s recent judgment on the approach taken by the Inspectors’ guidelines when reporting on the soundness of development plans in a recent article for the Local Government Lawyer. The case, Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited v Royal Tunbridge Wells

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24 Feb 2017

Water company fined over £200,000 for sewage pollution in Cornwall

In a case brought by the Environment Agency, South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 in fines and costs for discharging sewage into the Fal Estuary in Cornwall, near shellfish beds within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The case was

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24 Feb 2017

Low Fine for Company on Plea of Guilty to a Breach of a Planning Enforcement Notice

Stuart Jessop represented a property company at its sentence hearing for an offence under section 179(1) (2) Town and Country Planning Act 1990, namely that it, as the owner of the property, failed to comply with an Enforcement Notice. The company avoided a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of

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20 Feb 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in gun running case

The defendant was a serving prisoner having been sentenced to an I.P.P. for attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The defendant was a senior member of Birmingham gang, the "Johnson Crew". The defendant was accused of being the top of a conspiracy to supply a

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14 Feb 2017

Local Plan Reasons

The Planning Court has upheld the approach taken by the Inspectors’ guidelines to using short form reasoning when reporting on the soundness of development plans. William Upton represented Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who were facing a challenge to the adoption of their Site Allocations Local

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13 Feb 2017

Data Privacy and Brexit

In an interview with Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst assesses the impact that the forthcoming Brexit negotiations will have on data protection issues in the UK. He outlines the options available to the UK and asks whether Brexit could prove an opportunity to loosen data protection standards and introduce

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13 Feb 2017

Local Authority withdraw prosecution in HMO licensing case

Stuart Jessop represented a Landlord/ Managing Agent summonsed in a Local Authority prosecution against him for alleged breaches of his House in Multiple Occupation ( HMO) Licence. There had already been connected proceedings under section 179(1) and (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990

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13 Feb 2017

Low Fine for Breach of Planning Enforcement

On 10th February 2017 Stuart Jessop represented a landlord who faced a Local Authority prosecution for a breach of a planning enforcement notice under section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The breach occurred over a four year period and rent had been received over the entire

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10 Feb 2017

LBLA Training – An Introduction to Planning Law

On Tuesday 14th February, members of Six Pump Court’s Planning team will present a seminar to London Authority delegates entitled “A General Introduction to Planning Law”. The session is being hosted by Six Pump Court as part of our ongoing relationship with the London Boroughs Legal Alliance

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06 Feb 2017

Six Pump Court joins Pro Bono Connect

Members of Six Pump Court have joined the Pro Bono Connect scheme. The scheme aims to establish a network of barristers and solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases in civil matters for individuals, charities and community groups who cannot afford to pay for legal advice/representation

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