Court of Appeal decides demolition needs planning permission

This Hogan Lovells Planning Newsflash reports two important court judgments.  In the first, R (SAVE Britain's Heritage) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Court of Appeal concludes that the demolition of buildings does, in most cases, require planning permission, despite the contents of the Demolition Directive.  In the second, Barratt Homes v The Merton Green Action Group, the High Court suggests that section 241 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act could present a novel way of defeating claims for town and village green status. In this newsflash we summarise the cases and consider their implications.

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