The website of the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (the DPEA) is a mine of fascinating information – at least for the kind of person who can be fascinated by the DPEA website. It allows the user to find individual appeal decisions, but also to search by Case Type (planning permission, listed building consent etc) or Case Characteristics (housing, wind farm etc) or Case Status (decision issued, case withdrawn etc).
On 4 August, following the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into Associated Octel Corporation (subsequently known as Innospec), four former executives were sentenced for their roles in bribing state officials in Indonesia and Iraq.
The Inner House recently considered damages for wrongful interdict after interim interdict was granted based on deeds which were retrospectively amended.
The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014 were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 1 August 2014. When approved, they will amend the principal fee regulations (The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004) through insertion of revised fee rates for the various categories of planning application.
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) yesterday released a consultation on its “Targeted Regulation” programme, containing four key propositions aiming to increase transparency and reinforce public confidence in charities:
Judicial review of a decision of a public authority can be an expensive business, especially as an unsuccessful petitioner is usually liable for a substantial proportion of the respondent’s legal expenses. This risk was often seen as inhibiting individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as environmental groups from challenging a decision to grant planning permission.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined online travel services company Think W3 Limited £150,000 following a data protection breach arising from insecure “coding” on the website of their subsidiary business Essential Travel Limited.