Central, devolved and local government

A planning authority's duty to give reasons

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The Supreme Court recently held, in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79,that in special circumstances a Local Planning Authority may be under a duty to give reasons for its decisions in the interest of fairness and openness, despite there being no general duty under statute. More …

Dealing with de-brief requests from unsuccessful bidders

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Minimise the risk for challenge by following the below tips as far as possible. More …

Greg Clark new Secretary of State for DCLG

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Details of Cameron's new government have been announced this afternoon. One of the key surprises is the appointment of former Universities Minister, Greg Clark MP, as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. More …