Daniel Johns Manchester Ltd v Manchester City Council

Judicial review – Local authority. The fact that the Manchester City Council (MCC), in its capacity as local planning authority, had previously granted planning permission for a particular development in relation to commercial property had had no sufficient connection with its subsequent decision, in its capacity as a private landowner, to refuse to proceed further with a proposal to sell the freehold to the claimant, such as to impose the full range of public law obligations on MCC. The Administrative Court so ruled, in dismissing the claimant company's application for judicial review to challenge MCC's alleged refusal to consider its offers to purchase the freehold of the property in Manchester.

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