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Solent Planning Law Update

Alice Drew

Our latest Solent Women in Planning event was a great success, it was great to see so many familiar and new faces. The event was held in the Diving Room at the William Walker in Winchester. Ros Trotman of law firm Thrings delivered a very informative and engaging case law update. Thrings have a very wide client base including the Matterley Estate who have very successfully diversified from farming, the following link is to the video which unfortunately didn’t work at the event: The first case of the evening was a High Court ruling in favour of Swindon Borough Council, which had argued that access roads on a development should be made available as public highways. The dispute centred around the interpretation of the wording of a planning condition for the development. The second update related to a Supreme Court case involving Lambeth Borough Council and whether use restrictions continued to apply to a retail development. The decision has far-reaching implications when interpreting planning conditions. The event was kindly sponsored by strategic communications consultancy Polymedia, which works extensively in the property and built environment sectors and has Thrings and Barton Willmore as clients. If you are interested in keeping up to date with planning law, Thrings run several CPD sessions on planning law and other planning matters such as CIL and POCA. These sessions are free to local authorities. For further details please contact Ros on Look out for the next Women in Planning Solent event in a few months time!

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