Planning Law Update - June 2020

The government's decision to consent to judgement on the Westferry Printworks case on the basis of “apparent bias” is still attracting much attention in both the press and parliament.  A summary of the facts and current position is set out in the case law section below.Other significant case law includes the Supreme Court's decision to grant permission to Heathrow Airport Ltd to appeal against the Court of Appeal's February 2020 decision on the judicial review challenge by Plan B Earth, Friends of the Earth and others against the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS). It is understood that the matter will be heard by the Court of Appeal on the 7th and 8th October 2020.In addition, there have been several development consent orders granted this month, including the Cleve Hill Solar Park which will provide clean affordable electricity for around 91,000 homes and the Valuations Office Agency have released several Community Infrastructure Levy appeal decisions providing valuable guidance to developers on definitions, floor-space and the requirements of serving the commencement notice. For specific planning news in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, please see our Coronavirus update here with the main changes you should be aware of as of 13 May 2020. Or contact another member of our Planning & Environment Group: Planning Team or Environment Team.

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the date of publication and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.