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Public Sector Update - 15 October 2015

Construction 

The End of CDM Co-ordinators

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 ('the Regulations') came into force on 6 April 2015 and replaced the previous 2007 regulations. In summary, the Regulations define legal duties for the safe operation of construction sites in the UK.

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Crime

The Reasons Why Councils Prosecute Littering Cases

Why do some local authorities see the merit in prosecuting offenders for offences such as fly tipping, littering and failing to pick up dog faeces, whilst others don't? There's been much discussion recently in the press relating to this controversial topic and I hope to clarify some of the issues.

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Planning

High Court considers whether basement extensions fall within Permitted Development Rights

Permitted Development Rights provide an exception to the general rule that planning permission is required for any Development (as defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 ("TCPA") on land.

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Projects

Guidelines issued to support the use of electronic communication in procurement exercises

On 17 September 2015, the Crown Commercial Service issued guidance on the rules on the use of electronic communications, e-auctions and electronic catalogues ("Guidance") contained within the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 ("PCR 2015").

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