Blight Notice, HS2 Rail, Compulsory Purchase Order, CPO Solicitors Manchester & London

BLIGHT: ARE 2 PROPERTIES SEPARATED BY A LANE A SINGLE HEREDITAMENT Case: Harding and another v Secretary of State for Transport [2017] UKUT 135 (LC) (05 April 2017) (Bailii). The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has considered whether two properties separated by a lane should be treated as a single hereditament for the purpose of a blight notice. BACKGROUND Statutory blight Under section 150 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990), the owner of land blighted by a public authority’s proposals (such as a transport scheme) may, if … Read More

CPO – Higher Rateable Value, Small Businesses, Greater London

CPO Solicitors Manchester & London

CPO Updates Good News for small business in Greater London! In March 2016, the Government published its consultation on compulsory purchase order reforms (a copy can be found here). Owner-occupiers of business premises are able to serve blight notices provided the annual rateable value of their premises does not exceed a prescribed limit. On 21st April 2017, The Town and Country Planning (Blight Provisions) (England) Order 2017 (SI 2017 No.472) came into effect, taking forward the proposal to set a higher rateable value limit for small businesses in Greater London … Read More

Fracking – Planning Challenge for Judicial Review

Fracking, HS2 CPO Solicitors Manchester London

Fracking – Planning challenges dismissed against Cuadrilla’s fracking developments in Lancashire Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas in the UK remains controversial. The Planning Court released it decision on 12 April 2017 in the case of R (Preston New Road Action Group and others) v Secretary of State and others [2017] EWHC 808 (Admin), on 12 April 2017. Background: Cuadrilla’s shale gas fracking in Lancashire In 2016, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SoS) approved Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire County Council’s refusal for the grant of planning … Read More

Compulsory Purchase Orders – Top 10 Tips

Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), Blight Notice, Compensation, Best Solicitors in Manchester & London, Lands Tribunal Reference

Top 10 Tips – Compulsory Purchase Orders The quickening pace of infrastructure development, in Greater Manchester and Cheshire clearly indicates the wider use of compulsory purchase powers in the near future. Compulsory Purchase Orders, are an order put forward by an Acquiring Authority (AA) such as a local authority or highways agency which forces you to sell up, so that they can remove your property to make way for the development of the local community. CPO’s as they’re more commonly known, can be tricky to understand and even trickier to … Read More