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

Construction JCT Contracts 2016

CPO Solicitors Manchester & London

JCT 2016 Editions – Available from 30 June 2017 The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has announced that it is publishing the final tranche of its 2016 Edition standard form contracts “for despatch on 30 June 2017”. This tranche includes the Construction Management Contract, 2016 Edition (CM 2016) and the Management Building Contract, 2016 Edition (MC 2016). Separately, we have been advised that the Project Bank Account Documentation, 2016 Edition (PBA 2016) is freely available to download from the JCT’s website: see JCT: PBA 2016: Project Bank Account Documentation 2016 (May … 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