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Landmark Supreme Court judgement hands discretion to planners

15/05/2017 | By Mark Smulian

A landmark Supreme Court judgement last week on the meaning of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will hand planners wide discretion over which policies they follow in places with out of date Local Plans, legal experts claim.

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Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments.

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Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families.


House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review

26/01/2017 | By Simon Brandon

A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.

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Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago.

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Victory for disability bedroom tax appeals in Supreme Court

09/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two bedroom tax appeals from families who argued they had suffered unlawful discrimination due to their disability.

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Campaigners raise funds for High Court fight

26/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Campaigners against an attempt to evict leaseholders from an estate are raising money to fight Southwark Council in the High Court.

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Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

07/07/2016 | By Pete Apps

A housing associations’ bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges.

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Nowhere to go Video

23/06/2016 | By Nick Duxbury

A change in planning rules threatens to conceal the needs of thousands of the most vulnerable Gypsies and Travellers. Nick Duxbury reports

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Two councils in ring on housing need Video

21/06/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Luton and Central Bedfordshire Council have been locked in conflict over how best to meet cross-boundary housing need. Martin Hilditch investigates how the government’s duty to cooperate is panning out in practice

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Council to pay £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.