Developer blocks referendum in possible legal first

In what may be a legal first, a developer has won a High Court injunction preventing a local council from holding a referendum on a neighbourhood plan. Developer Lochailort Investments was given the court order yesterday. It stops Mendip District Council from holding a referendum on the plan for Norton St Philip Parish Council. The […]

Bermondsey waste company wins £8m for Thameslink compulsory purchase

A south London skip hire business has won £8,116,023.37 plus interest from Network Rail in compensation for its premises – almost £5m more than Network Rail argued it should pay. The ruling analyses, among other things, the difficultly of assessing the compulsory purchase compensation due to businesses operating without debt. Welcocks Skips Limited has been […]

East Dulwich freeholders fail to remove long-forgotten restrictive covenants

Householders in a leafy suburb of south-east London have failed in their court bid to remove a set of long-forgotten restrictive covenants that are stopping them from selling their property. The case highlights the arcane quirks of the London property market, where householders, keen to improve their investment in one of Europe’s most expensive property […]

Court of Appeal dismisses £27.5m claim against David Wilson Homes

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a long-running case brought against housebuilder David Wilson Homes (DWH). Developer Phillip Jeans, through his company Harbour Castle Ltd (HCL), has been suing DWH for as much as £27.5m, claiming that the builder breached an agreement to “use all reasonable endeavours” to obtain planning permission on land owned by […]