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Recent Key Cases

Planning Permission Secured for Large Residential Scheme in West Sussex

In an Appeal Decision issued on the 23rd February 2015, planning permission has been granted for a residential development of 268 houses on 12 hectares of green field land in [...]

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Cornerstone Barristers in First Local Plan Challenge to Reach the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has today upheld Suffolk Coastal DC’s adopted core strategy, in the first local plan challenge to reach the Court of Appeal. SCDC’s core strategy had been [...]

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Cornerstone Represents Royal Borough in Traveller's Claim for Judicial Review

David Lintott, of Cornerstone Barristers, successfully appeared for the Defendant local planning authority. The Court dismissed the Claim for judicial review of a decision by the Defendant local planning authority [...]

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Cornerstone Success in London Borough of Croydon "Zambrano Carers" Appeal

David Lintott of Cornerstone Barristers successfully appeared for the Respondent local authority, the London Borough of Croydon, in the 2nd of four linked appeals dealing with “Zambrano carers”. The Court of [...]

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Council Tax Exemptions for Charitable Housing Associations

Mr Justice Mostyn today handed down judgment in 3 appeals that were heard together – LB of Ealing v Notting Hill Housing Trust; Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea v [...]

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Important Decision for Design Policies of the NPPF and NPPG

Important decision on whether an acceptable scheme can be turned away in order to encourage a ‘better’ scheme in the light of the design policies of the National Planning Policy [...]

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In the eagerly awaited judgment in the case of Timmins and Lymn v Gedling Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 10, the Court of Appeal has partly clarified the interpretation of [...]

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Summary Reviews: when are licensed premises ‘associated with’ serious crime?

The High Court has today dismissed a challenge against the decision of the Metropolitan Police to bring summary review proceedings leading to the suspension and revocation of a licence for [...]

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Winning the wind farm war: Secretary of State refuses permission for Spring Farm Ridge wind farm

On 22 December 2014 the Secretary of State finally announced his decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm known as Spring Farm Ridge, located between Greatworth [...]

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s.289 TCPA 1990 appeal: An Inspector must consider the issues in the enforcement notice not what he or she thinks might be the issues

In Mohamed v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWHC 4045 (Admin) the local planning authority was concerned about the erection of a dwelling in the rear [...]

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No Duty to Review Institutional Abuse or Neglect R (Deeqa Mohammed) V Local Safeguarding Board for Islington

Cobb J 27/11/2014 Administrative Court In an important test case Cobb J has found that public bodies offering safeguarding services to children  are not obliged to investigate alleged institutional abuse [...]

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Not Like Cranmer: Changes to Test for Capacity to Consent to Sex A Local Authority V TB

INTRODUCTION Mostyn J has refined the approach of the courts to the question of what information a person must be able to understand if they are to be able to [...]

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No Bias against Double Glazing

The High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by the owner of a Grade II listed farmhouse, in which it was alleged that an Inspector had displayed bias against double [...]

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Spring Farm Ridge, Appeal by Broadview Energy Ltd., December 2014

Successfully defended South Northamptonshire Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm (5 turbines, 125m to blade tip) at inquiry. The appeal was recovered by the [...]

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Lawfulness under the GPDO

The High Court has recently ruled on two aspects of the interpretation of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO). The first point is likely to be of relatively limited application, [...]

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Norwich Northern Distributor Road DCO Examination ends

The Examination into the DCO application for the 20 km dual carriageway Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) ended on 2 December 2014. The NDR is a £149 m highway scheme which [...]

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Bat challenge to housing growth rejected in South Devon

The High Court has rejected a challenge to the adoption of the Teignbridge Local Plan which promotes substantial housing growth in areas affected by the South Hams SAC, which hosts [...]

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Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decided council not ransomed by shooting rights

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 saw the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decide that the Acquiring Authority should not pay a ransom value for the shooting rights at a site they acquired for [...]

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Latest News Stories

Locally set licence fees shelved

The Government has today announced that it will not be introducing locally set licensing fees under the Licensing Act 2003. The decision will come as a bitter blow to local [...]
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Child Abuse Inquiries - A Ticking Bomb

Those conducting investigations into historic child sexual abuse are likely to be faced with calls to comply with the investigative obligations of Article 3 ECHR. Where the investigative obligation arises [...]
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Sweet and Maxwell Archbold Review: 'Up, Up and Away!'

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, highlights the significance of the Sentencing Council Consultation in relation to health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food and hygiene offences. Read More

Home Affairs Select Committee Supports Kincora Claim

The Home Affairs Select Committee today published a report into the Child Abuse Inquiry in England and Wales, and said: ‘We recommend that the scope of the inquiry be extended [...]
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On the Road: Cornerstone’s Dean Underwood to speak at Capita, CIH and Croftons' Housing Law Conferences

On 23 April 2015, Dean Underwood will be speaking at Capita’s Legal Essentials for Rent Arrears Recovery alongside valued Cornerstone Barristers clients Nick Billingham, Partner of Devonshires Solicitors and Melanie [...]
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Cornerstone Win Care Act National Training Tender

Cornerstone is delighted to announce that it has been has been asked by the Local Government Association to provide its national training to adult social care solicitors on Part 1 [...]
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Save the Date! Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Housing Conference 2015

Cornerstone Barristers are pleased to inform you that preparations are underway for our annual Cornerstone Housing Conference on Tuesday 6th October 2015.

'Cornerstone on Anti-Social Behaviour: The New Law'

‘Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law’ by Joint Head of the Housing Team Kuljit Bhogal went to print on Friday 6th February.  Hard copies of the book should be [...]
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Cornerstone Barristers Planning Team Give Their Insights on Heritage Matters

On the 27th January 2015 Cornerstone Barristers’ Tom Cosgrove, Robin Green and Wayne Beglan provided a morning training session to local planning authorities from across Surrey. The event was held [...]
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Ashley Underwood QC successful in obtaining leave for judicial review in relation to Omagh Bombing.

Michael Gallagher’s long standing campaign for a cross-border investigation into the Omagh bombing has resulted in the High Court ruling that the authorities were arguably in breach of their obligations to [...]
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Join Cornerstone Barristers at the 'Now and Next' IoL Licensing Events

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) in conjunction with Cornerstone Barristers present ‘Now & Next’ from 16th to 19th March aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, [...]
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Cornerstone Newsletter: Bringing You the Latest in Legal Developments

Click here for the latest legal developments in housing law, as well as commentary, guidance on statutory developments and upcoming cases. Edited by Andrew Lane.

Pickles Overrules Inspector Over Three Norfolk Turbines

For the second time in three years proposals for a major windfarm site in Norfolk have been turned down due to impacts on the historic landscape at Upper Vaunces Farm [...]
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Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law Kuljit Bhogal

Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law by Kuljit Bhogal.

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Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees

Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees Philip Kolvin QC is live in the Supreme Court today, acting for a number of [...]
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New Personal Licence Simple Form Published

Following months of uncertainty about the future of Personal Licences, the Government announced last year that it was shelving plans to abolish them altogether. However, in its Deregulation Bill (currently [...]
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Philip Coppel QC rejoins Cornerstone  

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Philip Coppel QC who joins Cornerstone Barristers from Landmark Chambers on 1 January 2015. This is something of a homecoming for Philip [...]
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Social Housing Fraud: Tenancy Audits

Social housing fraud is an increasing problem for social landlords with approximately 107,000 social housing homes being unlawfully occupied with a value of £178 million ...

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