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Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery – a step closer

The UK government has finally taken its second legislative step towards reforming the law of distress and replacing it with the snappily named Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) which it originally mooted six years ago in the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.  Despite uncertainty over the future of CRAR, the new regime is likely

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Fracking guidance out…but is it earth-shattering or groundbreaking?

On 19 July the government published keenly anticipated guidance on how onshore oil and gas developments are to proceed through the planning system. Keenly anticipated because of the proposals on fracking, a controversial process involving drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals is injected into the rock to

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HS2: on track or running out of steam?

The HS2 project attracted renewed controversy last week when Lord Mandelson described the project as an “expensive mistake” and likely to damage the northern regions of England it is intended to help. Mandelson’s intervention is significant because he was closely involved in the last government’s initial launch of the scheme; his change of heart suggests

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Government consults on leaking pipes: who should plug the hole?

Despite it being one of the wettest springs on record, leaking water pipes are a serious concern. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reports that there is currently a high level of leakage of water from private supply pipes (308 Olympic sized swimming pools worth per day) and that inadequately maintained pipes

Posted in Planning

New time limits for Planning Judicial Reviews

Judicial review may not seem the most pressing of topics but, as outlined in the earlier blog post Planning a Planning Judicial Review? Better Get Your Skates On, the government is committed to substantial reform to the judicial review system.   Judicial review is a two stage process with an initial permission stage (which, if refused