Jan 21, 2020
The UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) has unveiled plans to issue its first ever bond, a £250-300m 5-year SONIA linked Floating Rate Note (FRN) for Lancashire County Council.
Jan 20, 2020
The government declined to bail out two PFI schemes being built by failed construction firm Carillion for risk of setting a precedent that the taxpayer would bear the risk of future PFI projects that ran into trouble, a report published last week by the National Audit Office has found.
Dec 30, 2019
The High Court has this month rejected a legal challenge to Southwark Council’s grant of planning permission for a major redevelopment of a large site that includes the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.
Dec 20, 2019
Government plans to seek cross-party consensus “urgently” in order to bring forward the necessary proposals and legislation for long-term social care reform in England were among proposals unveiled in the Queen’s Speech yesterday, but concerns have been expressed that "we've heard it all before".
Dec 13, 2019
The High Court has recently revisited the principles for determining the validity of overlapping consents. Gary Soloman and Alex Minhinick highlight the key points for landowners, developers and local authorities.
Dec 05, 2019
Northumberland County Council has had to grant itself retrospective planning permission for three ground source heat pump arrays after realising that it had gone ahead in the mistaken belief that permission was not needed.
Dec 02, 2019
A campaign group has said it has successfully raised sufficient funds to pursue a judicial review against East West Rail (EWR) should a route announcement for the new Bedford to Cambridge rail line be by way of Bassingbourn or neighbouring villages.
Nov 20, 2019
The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a district council acted unlawfully when, in granting planning permission for a wind turbine, it took into account a proposed donation to a local community fund.
Nov 07, 2019
A planning inspector exceeded her powers in a case concerning permission for wind turbines, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Nov 05, 2019
Law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed Colin McConaghy, a commercial projects specialist in its Bristol office, as a partner in its mid-year promotions round.
Oct 21, 2019
Sharpe Pritchard has advised Brentwood Borough Council and its property company, Seven Arches Investments, on a joint venture expected to be worth as much as £1bn over the next 30 years.
Sep 26, 2019
The leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council has resigned and referred himself to an Ombudsman.
Sep 25, 2019
Campaigners have launched a judicial review challenge over Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s decision to grant planning permission for development on land adjacent to the Royal Military Canal, a scheduled ancient monument.
Sep 06, 2019
The Government has invited 100 places to develop proposals for a new generation of so-called “Town Deals” under which they could receive up to £25m.
Sep 02, 2019
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new planning practice guidance designed to “further simplify advice on the CIL regime, helping communities and developers understand what is required”.
Aug 22, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council is looking to appoint a specialist compulsory purchase adviser, lawyer or firm to a £125,000 contract to advise on a key estate regeneration project.
Aug 20, 2019
Law firm Gowling WLG has been appointed as exclusive Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Aug 06, 2019
A High Court judge has dismissed a property investment company’s bid for a declaration of ineffectiveness of a contract entered into by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for a major regeneration scheme.
Aug 02, 2019
One of three councils that signed gagging orders with Highways England over the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway project has said it will reconsider the issue, and two now oppose the project outright.
Jul 12, 2019
The creation of Local Enterprise Zones (LEZs) has failed to produce significant increases in employment in most areas where they have been set up, new research has found.
Jul 11, 2019
Oxford City Council has become the first local authority to sign up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, which calls on the EU and UK governments to review procurement legislation and support greater powers for the exclusion of ‘tax dodgers’.
Jul 01, 2019
Birmingham City Council and Amey have reached a settlement agreement that will allow the contractor to exit from the £2.7bn Birmingham Highways PFI contract.
Jun 05, 2019
Campaigners against a proposed waste bulking facility in rural Wales have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge.
May 15, 2019
Sharpe Pritchard has acted for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in what is said to be the local authority’s most significant and largest ever regeneration project.
Apr 29, 2019
The City and County of Swansea has successfully defended a claim over its alleged failure to enforce its rights under the building contract for the Liberty Stadium.