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16 Sep 2020

St Albans Local Plan

Local Plan Inspectors have written to St Albans Council (link to letter below) confirming the Council’s failure to comply with the Duty to Cooperate in preparing their Local Plan which cannot be remedied through Examination. The letter invites the Council to confirm if they wish Inspectors to write their report confirming failure to satisfy the Duty to Cooperate or whether they intend to withdraw the Local Plan.https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/ED42%20%20Inspector%27s%2...

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16 Sep 2020

Court of Appeal Judgement - Meaning of Out of Date Policies

A Court of Appeal judgement has been handed down which considers the meaning of out of date policies for the purposes of paragraph 11(d) of the NPPF. The case concerned dismissed housing schemes due to their impact on the Worsley Greenway, protected by saved policies of the Council’s UDP. The case was brought on the basis that the UDP was time expired running to an end date of 2016 and therefore relevant policies used in dismissing the cases were out of date.Notable sections of the Judgement whi...

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16 Sep 2020

High Court Challenge to latest UCO and GPDO Amendments

A campaign group ‘Rights: Community: Action’ have been granted leave to challenge the introduction of the latest changes to the UCO and GPDO. The challenge stops short of seeking the suspension of the measures. The challenge which is brought of five grounds includes that the SoS failed to consider the weight of evidence against such radical review, including failure to undertake prior consultation and consider responses and the advice of experts. The case is expected to be heard between 8th and ...

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