December 22, 2021

Court decision opens way for modern slums

The Court of Appeal has held that sweeping changes to the planning system are lawful. The appeal brought by Rights: Community Action (RCA) had argued that the Statutory Instruments (SIs) reforming permitted development rules were unlawful because they should have been subject to a strategic environmental assessment (SEA). RCA’s case was that the SIs, which … Continued

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September 27, 2021

Planning Judicial Review: appeal to be held 5 October

>> URGENT: can you help support our legal costs? Last year we took the government to court over its hasty changes to the planning system in England. We lost our claim for Judicial Review, but were given leave to appeal. We now have a court date of 5 October 2021. At the hearing, the Court … Continued

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July 26, 2021

Failure to revise planning rules are fuelling England’s climate disaster

Devastating and heartbreaking floods in North West Germany last week could have been the North of England if the weather system had gone a different way. At the same time yellow warning heatwaves in North Wales. Unheard of heatwaves in Portland, US while on the other side of the world in Hyderabad, India, they’re already … Continued

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June 7, 2021

Planning Judicial Review: hearing granted

Rights : Community : Action has been granted a court hearing after a judge said our case against sweeping changes to planning laws introduced by the Government last year is “potentially important”. RCA, represented by law firm, Leigh Day, has applied for permission to appeal a Divisional Court decision refusing our application for judicial review … Continued

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November 17, 2020

Planning: more information on our Judicial Review

**This page was updated on 17 November 2020 to reflect latest developments** This page contains rolling updates of the latest developments and documentation concerning our claim for Judicial Review of the government’s reforms to permitted development. Background The government declared its new rules on permitted development to be one of the most radical shake-ups of … Continued

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October 26, 2020

Update on Judicial Review of planning reforms

Our claim for Judicial Review of the government’s changes to permitted development rights was heard on 14 October. We are still awaiting the final judgement and will update our site and our Twitter feed as soon as we have more information.

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September 2, 2020

Planning reform: Judicial Review to be heard in October

Rights : Community : Action (RCA) has today taken some big steps forward in its claim for Judicial Review of the government’s radical reforms to the planning system. Justice Holgate has directed that RCA’s claim for Judicial Review will be heard on 14-15 October 2020 over the course of one day as a “rolled up” … Continued

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August 12, 2020

Planning: So the ugly truth is here…

Last week the UK Government published its Planning White Paper. Boris Johnson wants to “tear down the planning system and start again”.  He (or rather Jack Airey and Dominic Cummings, let’s be honest) is giving huge power to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to decide what happens in your local area.  And … Continued

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