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Bloomsburry Family law

Litigation

Laing Homes Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [2002] EWHC 1967 (Admin)

Planning Law - Applications for residential development of greenfield sites as urban extensions - Both applications called in - Secretary of State decided that permission should be granted for first site on basis of housing need - Claimant complained that Secretary of State’s decision determined its application because need justified release of only one of sites - Secretary of State not obliged to undertake comparative assessment - Comparative assessment not required by PPG3 - Claimant could be person aggrieved by decision - No unfairness in way Secretary of State dealt with matter - Challenge to decision dismissed - Town and Country Planning Act 1990, s 288

R v Hemmings

Sentencing - Sexual Offences - Indecent assault - Vulnerable victim - Breach of trust - Six-year-old niece - Single incident - Plea of guilt - Three years’ imprisonment manifestly excessive - Two years’ imprisonment and extended licence period appropriate - Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000, s 85

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