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A section 52 agreement is a set of planning obligations contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 (TCPA 1971) relating to specific pieces of...
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Produced in partnership with Abbie Pritchard-Hooper of IBLaw 19th May
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Control of developmentPursuant to section 57 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990), planning permission is required for ‘the carrying...
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19th May
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Material change of useControl of developmentPursuant to section 57 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990), planning permission is...
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19th May
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The EU Birds Directive—summaryThe EU Birds Directive—summaryEU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 20, 26.1.2010)...
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19th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak...
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19th May
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The existence of a town or village green (TVG) may restrict or even prevent development. It is a criminal offence to disturb or interfere with the use...
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Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers 19th May
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Role of material considerations in planning decisionsWhen considering an application for planning permission or permission in principle, section 70(2)...
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19th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus...
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19th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak...
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19th May
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IntroductionThe purpose of section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) is to give a local planning authority (LPA) power to take...
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19th May
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Presumption in favour of sustainable developmentPolicy contextThe original version of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012 NPPF) was published...
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19th May
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Meaning of ‘highway’In the broadest sense, a highway is a way (ie a defined route, such as a road, bridleway or footpath) over which the public have...
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19th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak...
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Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers 19th May
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The Crichel Down Rules (the Rules) require that in certain circumstances, surplus government land that was acquired by, or under a threat of,...
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19th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus...
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19th May
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A declaratory judgment is a judgment identifying the rights, duties or obligations of one or more parties in a dispute. It is legally binding, but...
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Planning case tracker—2021The Planning case tracker is a list of key judgments from 2021 considered relevant to planning lawyers, with cases listed in...
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5th Aug
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Brexit—alternative UK trade models [Archived]ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.As of 31 January 2020 (exit day),...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Cygan of University of Leicester 5th Aug
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Environment Bill—snapshotTitleEnvironment Bill Key dateIntroduced to Parliament 30 January 2020SubjectEnvironmental principles, governance,...
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3rd Aug
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What is retained EU law?Retained EU law is a legal concept describing EU-derived legislation, rights and principles the UK plans to preserve in UK law...
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Produced in partnership with Mathias Cheung of Atkin Chambers 1st Aug
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In the context of Brexit, what is meant by the ‘transition or implementation period’?The term ‘transition or implementation period’ is used in the...
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1st Aug
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Can agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 be executed via electronic signatures, especially in light of the...
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Produced in partnership with James Ryan of Carbon Law 1st Aug
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Produced in partnership with Sarah Fitzpatrick of Norton Rose Fulbright 1st Aug
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Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal AgreementSTOP PRESS: On 28 June 2021, the European Commission adopted an adequacy decision for the UK under the...
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Produced in partnership with Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG 31st Jul
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Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd 31st Jul
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The status of EU law in the UK after Brexit This Practice Note provides background reading on the key forms and principles of EU law and legislation,...
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Produced in partnership with Carl Gardner 31st Jul
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Brexit—exiting the EU under Article 50 [Archived]ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.This Practice Note contains...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Cygan of University of Leicester 31st Jul
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Introduction to retained EU lawThis Practice Note provides an introduction to retained EU law. It provides an overview of the key definitions and...
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Produced in partnership with Dr. Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG 31st Jul
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WTO—an introductory guideWhat is the World Trade Organization (WTO)?The WTO administers the WTO trade agreements which govern trade between states. It...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryant of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 31st Jul
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Brexit—key legislation explainedBackground—EU law in the UKPre-exit dayThe European Communities Act 1972 (ECA 1972) was introduced and intended to...
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Produced in partnership with Dr. Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG 31st Jul
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Is Brexit considered a force majeure event?The change to the economic and commercial environments within both the UK and the EU as a result of Brexit...
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