Its Cold In There

Bristol City Council v Aldfrod Two LLP [2011] UKUT 130 (LC) The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has recently ruled on the proper use of improvement notices under the HHSRS. When I say recent I should actually say a little while ago. You can blame the recent spate of good weather and a short spell of […]

Plan for this!

R (on the application of Milton Keynes Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2011) QBD (Admin) (Harrison J) 11/4/2011 We have previously posted on the saga of the rise and fall of planning permission for HMO property. The story now has a new chapter. A number of local authorities were distinctly […]

Possible selective licensing case

For those of you interested in selective licensing under Part 3, Housing Act 2004, we bring you news of a possible judicial review case R (Hooper and others) v Hyndburn DC CO/2010/2184, in which Owen J (sitting in the Manchester District Registry) has just granted permission. The case (apparently) focuses on the adequacy or otherwise […]

A (further) symbolic consultation

Readers of my previous notes of the “consultation” exercises undertaken by the coalition government will readily appreciate that I am not the best person to write about a further symbolic consultation, being lead by DCLG, on what it terms “burdens” (indeed, such is the normalised use of this expression that the email address to respond […]

Yeah but, no but …

Vicky Pollard continues the Chief’s west country theme, albeit somewhat stretched, to demonstrate the Con-Dem approach to consultation about their affordable rent tenancy regime (ie what consultation?).   We now have more detail courtesy of the HCA and a brief ministerial statement from Shapps together with a longer press release of the Shapps saves the world […]

Attaching weight to Mr Pickles

We noted round 1 of Cala Homes (South) Ltd v Secretary of State back in November (see our note here) in which the High Court found that Mr Pickles could not abolish Regional Strategies (e.g. “the south-west plan” governing the approach to, say, new-build housing developments) without primary legislation. He’s currently trying to get that […]

Equality duty to be in force 6 April

The Government Equalities Office has announced that the Public Sector Equality Duty will be in force from 6 April 2011. The Equalities Office page has links to the following documents: Draft regulations on the specific duties; Draft order amending Schedule 19, listing the public bodies to which the duty applies; A ‘Quick Start’ guide for […]

Dear Mr Shapps

My word, what a fountain of press releases you have been lately. Quite takes me back to the heady days of John Healey. But it is this press release I want to talk about, the ‘Neighbours from Hell’ one. You announce that you: will introduce a new additional mandatory ground for possession, so those tenants […]

There’s no place like HMO

A brief trip to the Emerald City, or rather Reading, where the Borough Council may have established a record for a fine for breaches of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 and the Housing Act 2004 Section 11. An HMO at 33 London Road was found by Reading BC to be […]

Carrots and sticks – travellers’ sites

News from Mr Pickles and the DCLG Item 1. The Government is to bring s.318 Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 into force, finally according travellers on authorised sites the same security as those who come under the Mobile Homes Act. Hurrah. Item 2. Planning circulars regarding construction of authorised travellers sites are being scrapped. Apparently […]