Planning, Environment & Property Newsletter – September 2015

Planning, Environment & Property Newsletter – September 2015


CategoryArticles, Newsletters Author John Steel QC, Stephen Tromans QC, John Pugh-Smith, Philippa Jackson, Daniel Stedman Jones, Victoria Hutton, Jonathan Darby Date

Welcome to the Planning, Environment & Property Newsletter – September 2015.

This month’s newsletter offers a ‘smorgasbord’ of articles covering: statutory challenges to planning decisions, the affordable housing threshold, solar farms on agricultural land and consultation on airspace changes.

Victoria Hutton’s brief note looks forward to upcoming
changes to the way in which claimants are to bring certain statutory challenges. Most significant among these are the introduction of a permission stage into the most common types of challenge.

John Pugh-Smith examines the R(West Berkshire DC & Reading BC) v SSCLG [2015] EWHC 2222 (Admin) decision in which the High Court declared planning policy to exempt small developments from affordable housing contributions and vacant building credit as unlawful.

Stephen Tromans QC and Philippa Jackson provide ‘part 2’ of their article ‘Solar Farms on Agricultural Land’ which was featured in our July newsletter. This instalment brings the benefit of the decision by Planning Inspector Jackson allowing permission for the erection of a 30MQ solar photovoltaic facility on land at Rose and Crown Farm, Mill Road, Norfolk.

Finally John Steel QC, Gordon Nardell QC, Cleon Catsambis and James Potts provide a note on R(oao Barraud) v Civil Aviation Authority (unreported) in which the High Court refused permission to apply for the judicial review of the Civil Aviation Authority’s alleged failure to consult before certain airspace changes were implemented affecting the airspace west and north- west of Tunbridge Wells.

Thanks for your interest. We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter.

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