Words That Strike Fear…

…into the hearts of men (and women, but ‘people’ just doesn’t finish the title properly).

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 is a veritable feast of changes for the General Permitted Development Order 1995, itself now so heavily amended that it puts Michael Jackson’s transformation over the years into the shade.

Aside from the eye-watering number of brackets used in the title (a recurring theme of Parliamentary draftsmen in recent years, it seems) the 2013 Order introduces swathes of changes, such that I can’t hope to do them justice in one post.

First up – the new Class J appearing in Part 3 of the Second Schedule to General Permitted Development Order (I know, exciting as it is, please do try to control yourselves).  In English, office to residential conversions. Read more of this post

Worse Off Wednesday – SoS for CLG v. Welwyn Hatfield BC

Last Wednesday (6th April) was commonly known as “Worse Off Wednesday” because it was the date that many of Coalition’s budgetary cuts (including tax and benefit changes) really started to impact on households.

It will probably be remembered as Worse Off Wednesday by Mr and Mrs Beesley too but for entirely different reasons.  On 6th April the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the final episode of the long-running saga of the Beesley’s house/barn.

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To Infinity And Beyond!

Or perhaps this post might be titled with another famous line – “Here Be Beasties!” – for nestled within the murky and less-charted depths of the Localism Bill lurks clause 104, which threatens those who approach it unawares and unguarded. Read more of this post

Why Plato Is Wrong

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.” – Plato

We all wait with bated breath for the judgment of the Supreme Court on Read more of this post

The Opening Gambit

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