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Court Costs, Inquiry Costs

16th January 2021

Jessie J is no judge and when it comes to litigation costs “forget about the price tag” is poor advice. Aarhus cost caps I last blogged about Aarhus Convention cost capping in my 22 June blog post No Time To Be 21: Where Are We With Aarhus Costs Protection? The detail is in that blog …

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Judges & Climate Change

9th January 2021

Over Christmas, I finally read Joshua Rozenberg’s 2020 book Enemies of the People? How Judges Shape Society. The book examines the tension inevitably faced by judges in interpreting the law, particularly in areas of public controversy (constitutional issues; “right to death”; family; discrimination; religion; privacy; access to justice): when should the application of common law …

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Brexit & Planning – An Update

27th December 2020

This post focuses on the relevance of the provisions of the UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement (“T&CA”) (provisional agreement subject to ratification, 25 December 2020) to the future of the English town and planning system. The prime minister’s 24 December 2020 statement contained the following passages of particular note: “We will be able to set …

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Quantity Street Fudge

19th December 2020

On 16 December 2020 the Government abruptly abandoned its proposed revised standard method for calculating local housing need, in the face of political and media pressure from those who saw the method increasing substantially the figure for their particular areas. I covered the consultation as to the proposed revised method in my 29 August 2020 …

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Where’s The Harm In That? Misreporting Heritage Effects

12th December 2020

A few recent cases illustrate how vulnerable planning permissions can be to judicial review where there are material errors or omissions in the officer’s report to committee. R (Wyeth-Price) v Guildford Borough Council (Lang J, 8 December 2020) is a classic example, and Lang J sets out in her judgment a textbook explanation of the …

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E = C3

4th December 2020

Or, The Theory Of Residential-Rather-Than-Retail-Activity. MHCLG’s consultation paper Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure (3 December 2020, consultation deadline 28 January 2021) sets out various proposed new permitted development rights, but, in what has been a disastrous week for traditional retail chains, guess which proposal has attracted the most attention? The new class E …

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Remitted Development: Sending Back Faulty Plans

28th November 2020

What happens when a development plan, or one or more of its policies, is found to be unlawful? There have been two instances of this in 2020: in relation to the Leeds Site Allocations Plan (in the Aireborough case, the subject of three rulings by Lieven J between January and August this year) and in …

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Covid-19 As A Material Consideration

21st November 2020

The idea for this blog post started by way of a search we did this week for inspectors’ appeal decision letters that take into account the economic and other effects arising from the current pandemic. There does not seem to have been any proper analysis on that at present (and this post doesn’t fill the …

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Minister Knows Best

14th November 2020

Why at the moment do ministers conclude so often that they have to reject their inspectors’ recommendations in relation to planning proposals and major infrastructure projects? Something is clearly wrong when there can be a hugely expensive, time consuming inquiry or examination, followed by a lengthy, considered and reasoned report, only for the decision letter …

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Multiple planning permissions, antique planning permissions: Hillside

7th November 2020

There is so much that planning legislation does not address and where principles have had to evolve from case law. One of those is the extent to which development pursuant to one planning permission can be carried out without jeopardising the ability of a developer to carry out work pursuant to another planning permission which …

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Talk About Town

9 January 2021

“A year with much resting on its shoulders. What can we expect for the English planning system in the next 12 months?” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

21 November 2020

“Please sir, can we have more planning legislation?” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

2 November 2020

‘Overcoming obstacles to planning major infrastructure projects’ an article by Duncan Field in the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal

 

25 August 2020

‘On beauty’ an article by Simon Ricketts in The Planner

 

9 July 2020

‘Where next for planning?’ an article by Steve Quartermain CBE in the Estates Gazette

 

25 June 2020

‘The Valuer’s Conundrum’ an article by Martin Dawbney in The Valuer

 

18 May 2020

‘Is the relentless CIL in crisis?’ an article by Meeta Kaur in the Estates Gazette

 

6 April 2020

Town Legal rated Number 1 for the second consecutive year in Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2020

Clare Fielding, Duncan Field, Michael Gallimore, Simon Ricketts and Ricardo Gama listed as top-rated planning solicitors in Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2020, with Simon topping the league for the eleventh consecutive year

 

2 April 2020

“Legal Viewpoint: Planning to meet the needs of the present” an article by Victoria McKeegan in Planning Magazine

 

20 March 2020

“Let’s rethink the rethink” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

4 January 2020

“Planning possibility a plenty in 2020” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

19 November 2019

‘How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments’ an article by Simon Ricketts in Planning Magazine

 

2 November 2019

‘The planning system plays catch-up’ an article by Duncan Field in the Estates Gazette

 

16 October 2019

‘Planning lawyer Michael Gallimore to join Town Legal as partner’

 

12 September 2019

‘We need a plan to sort out local plans’ an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

12 July 2019

‘Speeding up planning appeal inquiries’ an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

6 May 2019

‘Air Pollution – The Silent Killer’ an article by Lucy Morton in the Estates Gazette

 

2 May 2019

‘Legal viewpoint: Court provides reminder on development plan duty’ an insight by Amy Bennett in Planning Magazine

 

29 March 2019

Town Legal rated Number 1 in Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2019

Clare Fielding and Simon Ricketts listed as top-rated planning solicitors, with Simon topping the league for the tenth consecutive year

 

22 March 2019

‘Empty rates: Charities beware‘ article by Martin Dawbney as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

18 January 2019

‘Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill’ article by Simon Ricketts as featured in Planning Magazine

 

5 January 2019

‘What can we expect from the planning world in 2019?’ article by Simon Ricketts as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

1 December 2018

‘Counting the costs in the Tribunal’ article by Raj Gupta, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

26 October 2018

‘Government told to stick to promise on call-in reasons’ article by Meeta Kaur, as featured in Planning Resource Magazine

 

12 October 2018

‘Brexit, planning and the environment: key questions’ article by Simon Ricketts, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

1 October 2018

Legal landscape: Is the revised NPPF visibly different on design?’ article by Meeta Kaur and Spencer Tewis-Allen, as featured in The Planner

 

4 August 2018

‘Early engagement under the new NPPF’ article by Simon Ricketts and Nick Jones, as featured in the Estate Gazette

 

9 June 2018

‘Heading towards a viable future?’ by Spencer Tewis-Allen, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

21 April 2018

‘Developers left in the dark on light’ by Patrick Robinson, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

24 March 2018

Town Legal ranked second for planning according to Planning Magazine

Clare Fielding and Simon Ricketts in top 20 planning solicitors with Simon topping the league for the ninth consecutive year

Mary Cook in top 2 planning junior barristers

 

24th February 2018

‘A Reckoning with the C classes’ by Ricardo Gama, as featured in The Estates Gazette

 

21 December 2017

‘New Habitats Regulations and a ‘Green Brexit” by Juliet Munn, as featured in Inside Ecology

 

4 November 2017

Town Legal ranked in Chambers and Partners Guide 2018

 

11 October 2017

Town Legal named one of the best planning law firms in the UK Legal 500

Simon Ricketts, Clare Fielding and Patrick Robinson named as leading individuals in planning

 

24 March 2017

Town Legal in top 3 firms for planning in the country according to Planning Magazine

Clare Fielding, Simon Ricketts and Patrick Robinson in top 25 planning solicitors, with Simon topping the league for the eighth consecutive year

Mary Cook in top 3 junior planning barristers

 

17 March 2017

The Planner’s women of influence 2017 featuring Meeta Kaur and Mary Cook

 

16 March 2017

Piece about Town in the Planner magazine

 

30 January 2017

Clare Fielding a Hot 100 lawyer

 

28 January 2017

Estates Gazette article about Town

 

12 October 2016

Legal Week article about Town

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